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Fact Sheet:
Housing: Dormitory Language Pre-requisite: none
Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
Internship: No Advisor: Mark Hayes
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?

MGIMO LogoThis program is for students with at least one year of college level Russian and an interest in directly enrolling in a Russian university. Students are required to take one Russian language course. The remaining courses will be in English and will be taken alongside other international students.

Students who are successful on this program will be looking for a challenge, be comfortable with a high level of ambiguity and understand the challenges of making new friends in a foreign environment.  


MGIMO Academics

Founded in 1944 and operated under the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) is one of Russia's most prestigious institutions of higher education. With just over 6,000 students, 1,000 of whom are international, MGIMO is the primary training ground for future diplomats, politicians and business leaders in the region.  Alumni include Sergei Lavrov, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ilham Aliyes, President of Azerbaijan, Grigol Vashadze, former Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ján Kubiš, former Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.


During each module, students take one core course for a total of 2 AU credits per session. If students take both summer sessions, they will receive a total of 4 AU credits.

Module 1 or 2
  • Russian Foreign Policy: Modern Challenges 
  • Empirical Study of Russian Politics 
  • Russian Language course 

Module 3

  • Core course: Current Energy Policy of Russia: Trends & Tendencies
  • Business Environment for the Russian Oil and Gas Sector
  • International Energy Security: Russian Perspective
  • Sustainable Development of Energy Resources of the Arctic
  • Pipeline System of the Russian Federation: Maintenance & Development
  • Russian Language course

Course Equivalency

Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses that have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page

Student Life

Red SquareWith a population of over 12,000,000, Moscow is a chaotic, fast-paced city. It serves as both the political and financial capital of the Russian Federation and is the ideal place for a student interested in Russian politics, culture and business to study. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, it has also grown into a much more multiethnic and multinational city with people from all over Russia, the former Soviet Republic, Europe and Asia moving in. As they say in Russia, all roads lead to Moscow.

For more information on student life at MGIMO, click here.

Housing and Meals

Students will live in a residence that is located in Odintsovo, a region about 30 minutes outside of Moscow and on a branch campus of MGIMO.


American University's Initiative for Russian Culture offers scholarships of up to $6,000 for study on the Moscow State Institute for International Relations' Summer Program. For more details, click here.

Visa Information

Upon acceptance, the international coordinators at the MGIMO will provide students with a visa letter. AU Abroad will distribute the letters to students. Students are responsible for contacting the Russian Embassy or Consulate to find out which additional documents are needed to obtain a student visa.  

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Terms I & II 2017 03/10/2017
Varies by program 07/03/2017 07/28/2017
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Summer I 2017 03/10/2017
Varies by program 06/19/2017 07/14/2017
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. Please note that students will be able to attend from June 19 - 30 or July 3-14 as this module runs twice.
Summer II 2017 03/10/2017
Varies by program 07/17/2017 07/28/2017
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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