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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
School of Russian and Asian Studies: Diplomacy and International Relations at MGIMOmoscow
Study alongside Russia's future political and business leaders at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Russia's leading institution for international studies. Choose from an extensive list of courses in Russian or English and enjoy regular opportunities to attend talks given by visiting diplomats, politicians, economists, religious leaders, and other experts.

Additional out-of-classroom activities take advantage of the wide intellectual and cultural resources of Moscow in a hands-on program designed to give you broad perspectives on Russian history, geography, international relations, economics, politics, and demographics.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Required course load: 12-15 credits for undergraduate students
  • No previous Russian coursework and/or skills necessary
  • Russian language study is required for SU students
Program Calendar
Fall Semester: early September to mid-December
Spring Semester: early February to late May

All courses are part of regular degree requirements at MGIMO, including those in English. Students in those courses conducted in Russian are primarily Russian students and students from the near abroad (post-Soviet space). Courses taught in English will be majority foreign students, particular European, but also some Russians. Russian language instruction is conducted in small groups by level, which is determined after arrival.

Full-time study is considered 30 ECTS (15 US semester credits). A single course is 2-4 ECTS. Grades from SRAS will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.

For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.

Accommodations consist of a dormitory stay. Homestays are available at an additional cost.

All U.S. citizens and most non-U.S. citizens are required to have a student visa for their semester in Russia. SRAS directly assists with the process of securing your visa for the program.

Program Cost
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you will also be charged a program fee which covers pre-departure meetings, international travel insurance and services not covered by tuition and for which a separate fee is not charged. 

For further explanation of estimated costs, please see a sample financial planning budget here: SRAS Russian Studies Abroad Budget 2016-2017.pdf

Cara Hardy, Counselor,

Apply Now
Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and SRAS applications. 

Syracuse University
  • Complete the Syracuse Abroad application.
  • In your Personal Statement, please specify which location/program you are applying for.
  • All application material must be submitted by the Syracuse Abroad application deadline. 
School of Russian and Asian Studies
  • Complete SRAS application, specifying which program you are interested in.
  • Follow instructions from SRAS for supplemental documents.
Follow this link for more information and the SRAS application:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.