International Programs
MGIMO University

and Academic

MGIMO University. Truly international. 


- Undergraduate, Postgraduate (Master’s and PhD), as well as continuing education programs (MBA, EMBA) in over 30 areas of study;

- First top Russian university offering full-fledged B.A. program in International Affairs for foreign students, taught entirely in English;

- Guinness Record for 53 living languages concurrently taught full-time at any given moment;

- 367 of the QS Top University ranking (2012) – one of 4 Russia’s Universities enlisted and the only one to be granted 3 QS stars for quality management practices, internationalization, teaching and employability;

- 4th best research center of Central and Eastern Europe (UN commissioned Pennsylvania University Survey);

- Full APSIA (Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs) Member School;

- more graduates at UN and UN specialized agencies from MGIMO than from any other school in the world;

- 8 Schools, 5 Institutes, over 60 specialized Departments of instruction;

- More than 1200 professors and faculty members (5:1 student/professor ratio), including:

  • 20 full and corresponding members of the renowned Russian Academy of Science;
  • over 200 tenured Professors and Doctors of Science (higher doctorate degree);
  • over 400 PhD holders and Associate Professors.

- 11 Double Degree Master’s Programs (Sciences Po-Paris, Freie Universitat Berlin, Bocconi University, LUISS University, Bologna University, the University of Geneva), with another 5 coming up;

- 177 students exchange agreements with partner universities from 57 countries;

- 20% of full-time international students from 64 counties, inter alia over 100 PhD candidates;

- more than 40 distinguished Visiting Professors in the 2012-2013 academic year from world’s leading schools and partner universities;

- 78 courses in English, German and French offered at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels.

Among MGIMO graduates – 2 Presidents, 10 Foreign Ministers, 8 Prime Ministers, 880 Ambassadors of Russia and foreign countries.

MGIMO Famous Alumni:

  1. Irina Bokova - Director-General of UNESCO;
  2. Sergey Lavrov – Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs;
  3. Vitaly Churkin - Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations;
  4. Vladimir Medinsky – Russia’s Minister of Culture;
  5. Alisher Usmanov – Chairman of METALLOINVEST (#1 on the Forbes list of Russia’s wealthiest people)
  6. Vladimir Potanin – Chairman of INTERROS.


  • William J. Clinton – President of the USA;
  • Madeleine Albright – State Secretary of the USA;
  • Colin Powell – State Secretary of the USA;
  • Shimon Peres – President of Israel;
  • Ban Ki-moon – Secretary-General of the UN;
  • Jacques Chirac – President of France;
  • George Soros – International Financier;
  • Thierry de Montbrial – President of the French Institute of International Affairs;
  • Michelle Bachelet – President of Chile;
  • Ilham Aliyev – President of Azerbaijan;
  • Nursultan Nazarbayev – President of Kazakhstan;
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey;
  • Yoshiro Mori – Prime Minister of Japan.