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09/01/2014 - 12/19/2014
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15-16 semester / 22.5-24 quarter hours
3.0 Overall GPA
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Immerse yourself in international relations and business on CIEE’s Business and International Relations program in Moscow. Expand your knowledge of business, economics, international affairs, and political science, with a special focus on Russia’s business and political role on the world stage.

During this program, you’ll study at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), the country’s premier international affairs university, while growing increasingly proficient in your Russian language skills. And that’s just the beginning.

Study abroad in Moscow and you will:

  • Test your business and leadership skills with an optional internship
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in an international debate club
  • Discover another side of Russia on a three-day study tour of St. Petersburg
  • Enjoy a full complement of cultural activities—from the ballet to the opera—and get the most out of living and studying in Moscow
The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference


Study international relations at Russia’s elite Moscow State Institute of International Relations, while improving your Russian language at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.

Cultural Activities and Excursions

CIEE staff arranges local field trips and cultural activities to help you gain a deep appreciation of Russia’s past and present. Activities include a guided city tour; guided tour of the Kremlin, its churches, and Armory Museum; visits to the Museum of Modern History of Russia, the Tretiakov Museum of Russian Art, and the Pushkin Museum of Western Art; and a night at the ballet or opera. The program includes a three-day study tour to St. Petersburg with a guided city tour; guided tour of the Hermitage; visits to the Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery and Usupov Palace (site of Rasputin’s murder); a night at the ballet or opera; and a social event with students in CIEE’s St. Petersburg program.


Qualified students with permission from their home institution may opt to do an internship in Moscow. Internships are available at a number of businesses, with an emphasis on placements that develop students’ business skills, leadership ability, project management experience, and intercultural skills. After acceptance to the program, students must submit a clear statement of purpose, including a résumé and areas of particular interest. The resident director will explore internship placements and finalize details after the student’s arrival. Interns will be required to record their experiences in a journal, which will be evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a final paper. Interns will also meet for weekly seminars and complete an assigned reading list.

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Start Date
End Date
Fall 2014 (16 wks)
Extended to: 05/01/2014

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
Educational Costs **
Visa Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
International Airfare *
Local Transportation
Books & Supplies
Personal expenses

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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3.0 Overall GPA


  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • junior standing or above
Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit is 15–16 semester / 22.5–24 quarter hours.

  • Russian language course: 45 contact hours for a recommended 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
  • CIEE Core Course: 45 contact hours for a recommended 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
  • CIEE Internship: 130 contact hours (including on-site work and class meetings) for a recommended 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
  • MGIMO direct enrolment courses average 34 contact hours*, for 4 ECTS credits. This is equivalent to 2 semester/3 quarter hours.
Program Requirements

Program Requirements

CIEE 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 MGIMO. Students may also choose to do a CIEE Internship. Those selecting this option will take three direct enrollment courses at MGIMO. (A typical full-time course load for matriculated MGIMO students is seven or eight courses per semester).

About the City

About The City

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. Today, Moscow is a sophisticated 21st-century metropolis, pulsing with around-the-clock energy. For students of business and international relations, Moscow offers an unparalleled vantage point from which to experience, firsthand, the politics and economics of contemporary Russia.

Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Irina Makoveeva

Center Director

A native of Moscow, Irina Makoveeva received her Master’s degree in Russian Philology and Comparative Linguistics from the Moscow Lomonosov State University and her Doctoral Degree in Slavic and Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout her long academic career, she designed and taught courses on Russian literature, culture, cinema, and all levels of Russian language at such schools as Moscow State Mining University, the Moscow Lomonosov State University, Virginia Tech, the University of Pittsburgh, and Vanderbilt University. Her publications focus on the popular culture adaptations of literary canonical texts, Soviet and post-Soviet culture, and women’s cinema. In her current position as the Director of CIEE Study Center in Russia, she strives to continuously expand the Center’s course offerings and enrolment. In her free time Irina enjoys skiing, opera, films, and “The New Yorker.”

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St. Petersburg is the ideal location to immerse oneself in the complexities of the Russian question. You can ponder the fate of the Russian Revolution standing at your bus stop—opposite the Tauride Palace where Russia’s first parliament met and later where the Bolshevik party usurped power in 1918. Living in a homestay in St. Petersburg, you could easily have a breakfast conversation with your babushka waxing nostalgic about Brezhnev’s stagnation period and a dinner conversation with your host sister about her plans to travel abroad or buy a car. Now is the time to experience the amazing changes taking place in Russia, and our program allows students with minimal Russian to do so. The School of Political Science of St. Petersburg State University (Putin and Medvedev’s alma mater) is where the leaders of tomorrow’s Russia study, and you will have the chance to engage them in lively debates that will most likely challenge your own assumptions about Russia’s role in the international community.

— Irina Makoveeva, Resident Director

Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

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. MGIMO offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate and graduate levels, from international affairs, political science, economics, and international law, to journalism, business management, and energy policy.

MGIMO operates directly under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs rather than the Ministry of Education, and is the only Russian university to have its administration structured this way. As a result, the university’s links to Russian Foreign Service members are unparalleled. The current Russian minister of foreign affairs, Sergei Lavrov, is himself an alumnus. Other renowned graduates include presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Slovakia, Ukraine, and other countries.

Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. 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. Students can dine in restaurants and cafeterias, and can buy everything they need in local grocery stores and markets, and at two shopping malls. Easily accessible recreational pursuits include walking and jogging in nearby gardens, cinemas, and a bowling alley, with the center of Moscow only 20 minutes away by metro!



Your study abroad experience in Russia begins with an online pre-departure orientation, in which the resident director at CIEE’s Study Center in Moscow will share information about the program and site, address frequently asked questions, and give you the opportunity to inquire about anything that isn’t covered. The orientation ensures that you’ll arrive to the program well informed and it’s a great way to connect with others in the group!

At the beginning of the program, you’ll participate in a three-day, on-site orientation: an intensive introduction to Russia, the culture, health and safety issues, and the academic program. The orientation is supported by Russian student assistants in order to facilitate your entry into your new culture. Additional orientation activities throughout the first two weeks of the program will help get you acclimated. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.



Students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet connections are available for free in classroom buildings and students have access to wireless Internet and a computer lab at MGIMO’s multimedia lab. In addition, Moscow has many cafés that offer free wireless Internet connection.



The 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.

Academic Culture

At MGIMO, CIEE students enroll in courses alongside Russian and other international students. Classes are held Monday through Saturday, and there are frequent excursions and activities. Courses are academically challenging, dynamic, and involve daily reading and homework assignments. Attendance at lectures is required. Typical MGIMO area studies courses vary from 15 to 25 students. Language class size averages from five to seven students. University classrooms are modern, comfortable, and equipped with the most up-to-date technology for instruction.

The MGIMO fall semester runs from September to January. CIEE fall semester students can arrange to take early exams in December. The spring semester begins in early February and runs through early June. There are no vacation breaks during semesters, so students should plan extended travel accordingly.

Nature of Classes

MGIMO classes meet once a week for two hours 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. Students should expect to be active participants in their course of study. Participation constitutes part of the overall grade, and there is a strict attendance policy. In addition, each course is composed of written projects, examinations, and presentations as a means of assessment.

Please note that with permission, students with native or near-native fluency in Russian may, with permission, enroll in regular MGIMO courses.

Grading System

Grading is on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the highest, and 1 or 2 both being failing marks. The numbers correspond with the Western grading system, like so: 5=A, 4=B, 3=C, and 1 or 2=F.

Language of Instruction

English; Russian


All courses are taught by MGIMO faculty.

Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Russian Courses

Russian—Lower Intermediate
Russian—Upper Intermediate
Russian—Lower Advanced
Russian—Upper Advanced

Required CIEE Course

U.S.–Russian Relations
This course analyzes the development of U.S.-Russian policy in a new, international context, with particular emphasis on post-Cold War and the results of bilateral relations at the end of the first decade of the 21st century. Different strategies of both the Russian and U.S. governments will be studied, and the contrasting features of their bilateral relations discussed. Other topics covered include nuclear arms control, non-proliferation, expansion of NATO, energy and environmental security, trade relations, regime change and human rights, and conflicts over Kosovo, Chechnya, and most recently Georgia.

CIEE Elective Course

CIEE Elective Internship
Qualified students with permission from their home institution may opt to do in an internship in Moscow. Internships are available at a number of businesses, with an emphasis on placements that develop students’ business skills, leadership ability, project management experience, and intercultural skills. After acceptance to the program, students must submit a clear statement of purpose, including a résumé and areas of particular interest. The resident director will explore internship placements and finalize details after the student’s arrival. Interns will be required to record their experiences in a journal, which will be evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a final paper. Interns will also meet for weekly seminars and complete an assigned reading list.

MGIMO Business and International Relations Electives

Russian Business Culture
This course teaches students about Russian business culture and looks at the overall business environment. Key concepts—collectivism, egalitarianism, and soul—are considered together with structure and hierarchy in Russian companies, working relationships, business practices, the Russian attitude toward foreign partners, gender issues, and more. Practical workplace issues such as business dress code, meals, business etiquette, and gifts are also addressed.

Conflicts in the Zone of the New Russian Frontiers
This course gives students an understanding of the core conflicts in the zone of the new Russian frontiers. Modern theoretical and methodological perspectives are addressed, along with the conflicts’ backgrounds, the main approaches to research, and possible paths to resolution.

Global Economics and Russian Economics
This course presents a comprehensive view of the world economy—driving mechanisms, basic tendencies, potential, and problems. The course also examines the development of the Russian economy and its prospects for the future in the greater context of the world economy.

Economics of the former Soviet Union and the Countries of Eurasia
This course addresses the main economic issues related to the transition away from the centrally planned economies of the former Soviet bloc. The course focuses on economic growth in post-Soviet countries and the role of political and economic institutions in the development process. Students will discuss aspects of transition in order to shed light on more permanent problems of economic systems and the greatest challenges to development in former Soviet and Eurasian countries.

Theory and History of Russian Culture
This course investigates Russian culture as a modern phenomenon and looks at the major turning points and characteristics of its historic development. Students will learn to analyze Russian culture in the framework of culturology, as a complex humanitarian discipline studying essence, principles, and human significance.

Political Process in Russia
This course aims to dismantle stereotypes about Russia and promote a multidimensional understanding of the country’s political process. The Russian political process is presented as a complex chain of trends and events. The course addresses the cornerstones of the country’s political history, including the role of ideologies; political process as political culture; political parties; state governance; federalism; constitution-making; as well as missed and existing opportunities in the field of institutional design.

Political Economics: Relations between Business and Government
This course explores the major social science paradigms for analyzing relations between the state, economies, and society. The seminar examines the fundamental assumptions on which our research and understanding of the social world are based through readings, lectures, and discussion of original texts in political liberalism and individualism, neo-classical economics, Marxism, sociological and cultural theories, and neo-institutionalism.

The Foreign Policy Process and the Formation of Russia's Foreign Policy
This course focuses on Russian foreign policy since the Soviet collapse. Topics include: the legacy of the Cold War; domestic sources of Russian foreign policy; U.S.-Russian relations; Russia’ s relations with Europe; Sino-Russian relations and Russia as an Asian power; Russian energy and geopolitics; Russia’s relations with its neighbors; and future scenarios for Vladimir Putin’s third presidency.

Political Systems and Political Development of Eurasia
This course explores state- and nation-building in Eurasia since the dissolution of the USSR. The course’s emphasis on political culture provides students with a perspective that highlights the interconnection of formal and informal structures and norms in political processes. Another important focus is on the historic socio-cultural and geopolitical developments that explain, to a great extent, the diversity of political systems in the post-Soviet space.

Economic Strategy of Modern Russia
This course explores economics in the context of governmental policy-making, doing business, and the enormous changes in economic and financial systems in the Russian Federation. The course combines analytical methods and practical management skills to ensure that students are prepared to understand economic challenges and implement solutions.

Energy Diplomacy
This course focuses on energy diplomacy and its evolution in the world, highlighting topics that frame the perception of energy diplomacy in different countries, including economic, political, technological, juridical, corporate, and cultural issues. The course focuses on studying the role of the main world energy policy institutions; mechanisms of decision-making in the sphere of energy diplomacy; global, regional, and national priorities of Russian energy policy; as well as basic principles and the specific national character of energy diplomacy.

Russia-EU Relations
This course combines theoretical and empirical study to examine Russian-EU relations from multiple perspectives, such as the role of values and interests, and how relations between Russia and individual EU member states impact Russian-EU relations. It also addresses the current state and prospects for developing relations, key issues, and challenges.

Russian Economic Development until 2020
This course gives an introduction to Russian economic development, structure, planning, management, and performance. The course addresses planning reforms and the prospects for Russia’s economy in the context of long-term socioeconomic development through 2020.

Business–Government Relations
This course is designed to help students think analytically about the ways in which government and business interact with one another in a mixed economy. It examines how businesses and government are organized, and how they seek to influence one another; how government policies affect the competitive positions of individual firms and industries; how firms and industries compete to influence such policies; the ways in which government policies affect economic growth; the ways in which government seeks to achieve a variety of non-economic objectives; and how to define national economic interests in an increasingly integrated global economy. Students will learn to analyze normative arguments about what government and corporate policies ought to be; analyze claims made about the effects of government policies on business; understand the how and why of government policy-making; and forecast changes in government policy.



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