International Programs
MGIMO University

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Program Profile 


Duration of course: 4 years

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Intake: 50 students (foreign nationals only)

Admissions campaign: September 2016 – August 2017



The School offers a full-time four-year Bachelor of Government and International Affairs Degree Course with a curriculum drawn from across the University’s divisions. The course implies 4 years of full-time training in line with Russian Federal Standard of Higher Education «International Affairs». The program intake is 50 students, classes commence on September 1.

The School brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and political world around us, refining analytical and practical skills useful for a whole range of future careers and activities. It is a degree designed for those who like to draw connections among political, economic and social phenomena. It offers political and management based education underpinned by analytical rigour.

The course is multi-disciplinary, reflecting the need for public leaders who can reach across specialist fields to find more innovative solutions to difficult policy challenges.

The course is practical, responding directly to the demand for policy experts who can also employ their practical skills as negotiators, financial managers and communicators to deliver successful results.

The course is global in that students learn how policy is made, implemented and evaluated in governments and corporations around the world, and at local, regional and global levels.

The Program will acquaint its students with the institutions that make crucial decisions which govern our lives as members of nations, states and other political groupings. BA candidates will also learn how to evaluate the choices which political, economic and social systems must regularly make, and about the processes that maintain or change those systems.

The B.A. in Government and International Affairs is intended for students wishing to go on to do graduate research afterwards, as well as for careers in practical fields – such as domestic politics and diplomacy, international business, and intelligence analysis – anything which demands profound analytical skills coupled with impeccable foreign language fluency.



The course may be of interest for applicants from countries other than Russia who take interest in state and international relations, law and economics, governance and management, Russian domestic politics.

Some command of Russian is recommended for applicants but not required. During studies at MGIMO training will include courses on Russian language (8 academic hours weekly); the School provides an extensive teaching of “Russia knowledge”: peculiarities of doing business in Russia, psychology of ethnic relations in Russia, Russian political culture, key political processes and conflicts.

For students who have a strong command of Russian language intensive courses of advanced English are provided.

The program equips students with knowledge and skills required for employment or graduate research in politics, government, public administration, public policy, law, public speaking, and writing. This option is best suited to students who aspire to get directly involved in the political process, government or political organization. For those not interested in pursuing law school, the course prepares graduates for employment in public or political organizations or for work in legal fields in a non-laweyering capacity. The course helps graduates better understand their role as global citizens who will live and be employed in the increasingly international, multi-cultural environment.

As part of their studies, students complete a set of core courses grounded in: Political Science, Governance and Management, Government Decision-Making and Implementation, Administrative Law, Civil Law, Strategic Thinking and Forecasting in Political Processes, Economics (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Global Economy), World History and Russian History, Psychology and Conflict Management.

These basic courses enable them to:

  • Understand the historical trajectory of government around the world.
  • Understand economics and the general workings on the world and national economies which is increasingly necessary to make sense of governmental policy-making, the conduct of businesses and the enormous changes in economic and financial systems which are occurring throughout the world at the current time.
  • Become informed and critical consumers of information.
  • Appreciate the organizations and institutions of government both nationally and globally.
  • Develop analytical rigour and the ability to criticize and reason logically.
  • Be able to apply these skills to many contemporary and historical schools of thought, and to questions concerning how we acquire knowledge or how we make operational recommendations.

Having completed the compulsory courses, students then hone their acquired knowledge in an Undergraduate Thesis. It covers the contemporary policy problems and may be chosen from a diverse list including such issues as managing natural resources, governing migration, conflict and development, energy security, human rights and democracy, financial regulation, policy, terrorism and organized crime, the welfare state, global governance, etc.

In the last component of the B.A. program, students apply their skills in a semester-long project, completing an internship in Moscow offices of international organizations, think-tanks, media, or non-governmental organizations.

Upon graduation (i.e. having completed 8 semesters of studies) students are expected to be proficient in at least one foreign language other than Russian and their native tongue.

B.A. graduates may apply for one of the MGIMO’ M.A. programs taught in English, dual M.A. programs, or a variety of M.A. courses at MGIMO-University or other Russian universities taught in Russian.

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The B.A. course will prepare applicants for a successful career in public service, whether in government, non-governmental organizations or in the private sector.

The School has dedicated careers advisors to support our students during their study, organizes careers events to bring relevant employers and students together, and maintains a network of support among alumni and current students of the University.

Students will also have access to MGIMO's careers service offering advice and training not only in furthering your career after graduating from the School, but also with placing its students in internships during the 8th semester. The School's Careers Centre will allow relevant organizations directly to target students for recruitment.

MGIMO graduates are sought by employers internationally and the career prospects for a successful B.A. student at MGIMO are excellent. Among them:

  • Politician
  • Central or Regional Government Official
  • Diplomat, Foreign Service Officer
  • Policy Institute Analyst
  • City Manager
  • GR Manager
  • Political Consultant
  • Political and Business Information Analyst

Students may have employment opportunities with central, regional or local governments of their countries, international business, NGOs, lobbying, interest and political groups

Students who go on to do graduate and post-graduate research find employment at higher school levels and in college teaching. MGIMO graduates are well marketable in business and industry. Internship Program assists in securing employment upon graduation.