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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Russian Major: Economics, International Relations, Political Economy, Political Science, Sociology
Program Description:

CIEE Moscow: International Relations

Moscow, Russia


About the Program | Moscow,Russia | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
About the Program
The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) is Russia's most prestigious university for students with international interests. It is located in a picturesque, green section of southern Moscow, home to several higher education institutions. MGIMO’s diverse student body of 6,500 is drawn from the top ranks of Russian schools and from partner universities around the world. More than 1,000 foreign students from 65 countries are enrolled at the school.

The CIEE Business and International Relations program comprises Russian and European area studies coursework focusing on international affairs, business, and economics; a required CIEE core course, a required Russian language course; and an optional for-credit internship. Courses are designed primarily for master’s degree students, but are also open to motivated undergraduate students who meet program admission requirements.

Students must enroll in a Russian language course at the appropriate level; the CIEE core course, U.S.–Russian Relations; and five direct enrollment courses at The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Students may also choose to do a CIEE Internship. Those selecting this option will take three direct enrollment courses at MGIMO.

* Tulane students may not enroll in courses in Education, Business, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Physical Education, Culinary Arts, or any other field for which there is no undergraduate counterpart at Tulane.  You should be aware that some subjects (i.e. cooking, recreation, tourism) are not eligible to count for any credit at Tulane.

Moscow, Russia
Moscow is the capital of Russia and the seat of power for the Russian Federation. A metropolis of over eight million people, it is Europe’s most populous city. Historically Moscow has been Russia’s political center during some of the country's most turbulent times. As the capital today, it is the center of politics and of the changes that are sweeping the country. More than any of these things, however, Moscow is the symbolic heart that has always sustained the vast land of Russia. From its iconic onion domes to the treasures of the Kremlin, Moscow’s rich history lives on. Russia’s capital is home to a diverse ethnic mix of approximately 13 million people and is the country’s political, economic, cultural, and scientific hub. Moscow’s origins date to the 12th century. It has served as the backdrop of the development of the Russian state and was also the capital of the former Soviet Union. It is home to beautiful and complex sites like the Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the KGB Museum, Gorky Park, and the Bolshoi Theatre, all ready and waiting to be explored. Today, Moscow is a sophisticated 21st-century metropolis, pulsing with around-the-clock energy. For students of international relations, Moscow offers an unparalleled vantage point from which to experience, firsthand, the politics and economics of contemporary Russia.

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • completion of four semesters of Russian language study with B average or higher
  • Prior coursework in Russian/Eastern European Studies is recommended
Fields of Study
Russian language, Economics, Political Economy, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, History, International Relations, and other disciplines in Liberal Arts

Academic Culture
At Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), CIEE students enroll in courses alongside Russian and other international students. Typical MGIMO area studies courses vary from 15 to 25 students. Language class size averages from five to ten students. Grading is on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the highest, and 1 or 2 both being failing marks. CIEE converts the numeric grades into U.S. letter grade equivalents. Each course is composed of written projects, examinations, class participation, and presentations as a means of assessment.

Classes are held Monday through Saturday, and there are frequent excursions and activities. MGIMO classes typically meet once a week for 90 minutes and are taught in lecture/seminar style. The CIEE core course meets once a week for three hours. The academic program is rigorous and demands significant preparation outside of class, and there is a strict attendance policy.

Student Life
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Moscow even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. When you arrive in Moscow you will participate in an on-site orientation program. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Moscow. You also will be introduced to the academic requirements of the university, and are shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. During orientation, local students assist the international students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program. 
Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) provides CIEE students with double occupancy rooms in a dormitory located on campus, close to the main classroom buildings. The dorm is a mix of international students – many are native Russian-speakers from former Soviet republics – and Russian nationals, offering excellent cultural and linguistic integration opportunities. Rooms have en suite bathrooms and a shared kitchen on each floor. Wireless Internet is included in the program fee. Weekly linen service and laundry facilities are also included. Modern athletic facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, are located on campus, a short walk from the dorm. Please note that meals are not included.

Helpful Links 
CIEE Moscow Business and International Relations Program

Contact Past Participants
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