International Programs
MGIMO University

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General Information

The School of Government and International Affairs was launched in 2013 as the first Russian school to train international students in English at Bachelor’s level. Bachelor’s resident course implies 4 years of full-time training in line with Russian Federal Standard of Higher Education «International Affairs».


Course Outline

Duration of course: 4 years

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Intake: 25 students (foreign nationals only)

Admissions campaign start: January 2013

Yan Vaslavskiy, Ph.D,
Associate Professor
of Political Science,
Acting Director of the School

The School is committed to excellence in leadership, public policy and international affairs education. For over six decades, the MGIMO-University has been educating professionals who serve in diplomacy, politics, public, private and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the world. Through rigorous social and political science research and hands-on experience, the MGIMO graduates and faculty work for the betterment of state rule and administration, social services, stand up for human rights, strengthen markets, protect the environment, and cherish peace in their home communities and the world over.


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. 25 students will be admitted in 2013, with classes scheduled to commence on September 1. Our prospective students will find at University a powerful network of peers within which they can expand their knowledge, learn from one another, test new ideas, and remain at the cutting edge of research on government and public policy for years after their formal education.

Our innovative, multi-disciplinary curriculum is delivered by top-class faculty members and prepares our students for the leadership challenges of tomorrow. With a global outlook at the heart of everything we do, the School builds on MGIMO’s outstanding strengths in international research.

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 School draws its strengths from the resources of the great city of Moscow and MGIMO University, and yet has a global reach, with a student body which is 15 percent international; 6,000 graduates in more than 65 countries; and educational partners in global cities such as London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, New York and Washington.
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