International Programs
MGIMO University

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Business and Personal Communication

The course is designed to prepare students for international assignments as well as develop better understanding of business and personal communication. The skills acquired as result of this course will facilitate greatly the interaction between them and people of diverse cultural backgrounds in different business and personal situations.

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  1. to master the essentials of doing business globally;

  2. to develop a career plan and manage the path to success;

  3. to understand the ethics of business and personal communication.

The course is relevant and up-to-date. There are frequent role-plays and simulations designed to develop essential communication skills in a cross-cultural business and personal setting. Some brief presentations are interactive and skills focused. The intention is to make a difference by leaving the students more skilled and able to perform better rather than just more intellectually aware. The small group may ensure attention to individual needs.


Comparative Constitutional Law

The course Comparative Constitutional Law focuses on giving students knowledge of Constitutional Law from a comparative perspective, comparing state systems, constitutional rights, territorial structures, main state bodies, court systems, municipal systems in a different countries like Russia, the USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and others.

The studies of Comparative Constitutional Law will enrich students not only with common theoretical, but also practical knowledge, which will give them the ability, after studying of this course, to orient in different systems of law, understand constitutional basics and principles, to have the possibility to forecast the development of the state and its institutions. This knowledge for sure will be of high importance for employment in multinational companies, law firms and state and municipal bodies in different countries.



The main objective of the course is to empower students in better understanding of the national and global economies, and basic economic rules. The course of economics will give them a broad knowledge of both the potential and limits of economic policy. Microeconomics and macroeconomics are the two connected sections of the course which shape the total idea of the most important economic laws and trends.

Microeconomics describes market economy mechanisms and includes such issues as principles of rational behavior, demand and supply theory, elasticity, market equilibrium, profit maximizing under different market structures, etc.

Macroeconomics focuses on the major macroeconomic problems such as macroeconomic equilibrium and disequilibrium, macroeconomic fundamentals, government intervention, difference between classical macroeconomics and the Keynesian revolution, unemployment, inflation, etc.

The course forms a comprehensive vision of the situation in Russia and other countries and contains elements of comparative analysis. It should also develop economic thinking and should be a major prerequisite for other economic and managerial disciplines.



The course is designed to advance the students’ understanding of philosophy as a specific type of human knowledge as distinct from both everyday knowledge and science, as well as from various forms of ideology. The course’s material is arranged as the story of Western philosophy from its origins till the emergence of contemporary philosophy (with excursus into Russian 19th-century philosophy) followed by a discussion of topical philosophical issues.

The teaching will draw on the selection of classical philosophic texts and the best textbooks on the history of the discipline.


General Management and Governance

The aims of the course are to provide students with fundamental knowledge and understanding of the goals, principles, methods of business management and public administration, to introduce students to the decision making process in business and public affairs, to orient students in modern business environment, to provide students with analytical tools and skills which are helpful in making decisions and developing professional career.


History of Russia

The course aims to introduce students to the history of Russia from its origins to the beginning of the 21st century.

During the autumn term the students will study key problems of Russian Medieval and Early Modern history. Particular attention will be given to the process of formation of a multi-national empire.

The second term acquaints students with the history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Here the main emphasis is given to political and social history as well as to the history of Russian culture during that period.

Regarding MGIMO specialization, throughout the course a special attention is given to Russian foreign policy and Russia’s role in the international relations.


Introduction into International Affairs and Strategic Governance

By completing this course, students will 1) gain basic knowledge about international affairs and government system; 2) learn main theories and research methods used in this field; 3) understand Russian approaches to international relations and government; 4) know main sources of information to use in their further studies.


IT and Internet Communications in Governance

The aims of the course “IT and Internet Communications in Governance” are to provide students with profound knowledge and understanding of the place and role of Internet communications in the modern world, their influence on socio-cultural and political behavior, to introduce students to basic principles of functioning of the Internet, to provide students with understanding of Internet management, administration and governance principles.

During the lectures and seminars students will learn the structure and main principles of functioning of the Internet, key actors in the sphere of digital technologies, will acquire knowledge of the essence and structure of information processes in modern societies and understand the principles of interaction and cooperation of government and business on Internet issues. Students will also find out how to navigate freely in information flows and choose quality content and will become familiar with conducting search, storage, processing and submission of information.


Quantitative Methods in Economics

The purpose of the course is to provide a basic introduction to widely used mathematical, quantitative and statistical methods in management, economics and business. The course is designed to introduce to the quantitative principles and techniques for supporting decision-making, planning and public administration. The emphasis is made on learning how to select the appropriate model or methods, applying the chosen technique and interpreting the obtained solution. Students will hit to get a largeinside into determining situations where quantitative methods are appropriate to use, and to prepare students for the real application.



Sociology enables students to understand the world we live in, its social and cultural dynamics. We have to deal with the “runaway world”, and sociology is trying to catch up with it in order to reflect it adequately. That is why sociologists are constantly working out newer and newer theories. The main aim of the course is to provide students with broad and deep knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural dynamics, to analyze and systematize works of the main representatives of classical, modern and post-modern sociology. Besides, in the course special attention is paid to the development of sociological imagination that will help the students to understand themselves, as they are the products of social and cultural dynamics of the liquid modern world.



The course “Statistics” provides an overview of major indicators and variables of social and economic development of countries, regions and international organizations. The course provides students with fundamental knowledge in descriptive statistics, social and demographic statistics, labour force statistics, system of national accounts, gross domestic product and macroeconomic indicators, deflator, international trade in goods and services and other international standards. Students will be introduced to the ways of collecting, analyzing, presenting and interpreting data on the basis of national and international organizations’ on-line statistical databases (the UN, EU, OECD ect.).

Main learning outcome for a student is a self-dependent computing and analysis of the main processes outlines for the activities of individual companies and for international social and economic development.

Course of English for Students of Government and International Affairs

French Language

Russian as a Foreign Language

Spanish Language