Moscow, Russia

Business + International Relations

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Information for term Business + International Relations

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 29 – Dec 22, 2019 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Feb 2 – May 28, 2019 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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Where better to brush up on business and international relations than in a global center of business and culture? CIEE’s Business + International Relations program in Moscow invites you to broaden your perspective on world events; gain insight into the diversity and uniqueness of Russia; boost your Russian language skills; and make vital connections at a prestigious foreign affairs university.

  • museums and exhibition halls

    260
  • parks

    116
  • restaurants

    2,700

Location & Culture

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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 for 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 business and international relations, Moscow offers an unparalleled vantage point from which to experience, firsthand, the politics and economics of contemporary Russia.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Participate in CIEE-organized events - such as cinema and game nights, cooking classes, and day trips – with Russian buddies.
  • Tour the world-famous Kremlin, ancient churches, the State Tretiakov Museum of Russian Art, and the Cold War Museum Bunker -42.
  • Visit a ballet.
  • Travel to St. Petersburg for three days, and explore the city on a guided tour.
  • In the fall semester travel to Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan; in the spring semester, travel to the ancient Golden Ring cities of Vladimir and Suzdal on a three-day guided tour.

PROJECTS

Internships. Develop your business and leadership skills, gain project management experience, and build intercultural knowledge through an internship with a Moscow business or organization.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Residence Hall: The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) provides CIEE students with double occupancy rooms in a dormitory located on campus, just a five-minute walk from the main classroom building. The dorm, with en suite bathrooms and a shared kitchen on every other floor, is a mix of international students and Russian nationals.

  • MEALS

    Residence Hall: Meals are not included. Students can dine in restaurants and cafeterias on or off campus, and prepare their own meals in the dorm kitchens.

Moscow, Russia

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    Moscow

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    MOSCOW STATE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

     

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    Getting Around

    Students use the public metro system to get from their residence halls to downtown Moscow, about a 30-minute commute.

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What you need to know

The program details

The CIEE Business and International Relations program includes Russian and European area studies coursework focusing on international affairs, business, and economics. Students get the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, from international conferences and lectures to concerts, dances, and clubs.

The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Russia's most prestigious university for students with international interests, MGIMO is situated in southern Moscow, which is home to many higher education institutions. The student body of 6,500 is composed of students from top-ranked Russian schools and partner universities around the world. Renowned graduates include presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers, including current Russian minister of foreign affairs, Sergei Lavrov.

The school offers a wide selection of bachelor-level courses, all conducted in English by MGIMO faculty. Students with high Russian language proficiency may petition to enroll for credit in courses taught in Russian in one of MGIMO’s many BA programs.

All courses are taught by MGIMO faculty.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    At 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 average from 5 to 10 students.

  • GRADING

    Grading is on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the highest, and 1 or 2 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.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Classes are held Monday through Saturday. MGIMO classes typically meet once a week for 80 minutes and are taught in lecture/seminar style. The CIEE core course meets twice a week for 80 minutes. The academic program is rigorous, demands significant preparation outside of class, and adheres to a strict attendance policy.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    A valid U.S. passport at time of application. Russian immigration requires that passports are valid for 18 months beyond the program end date.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Russian language course: 4 semester/6 quarter hours
  • CIEE Core Course: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours - 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours - 45 contact hours (100-120 total work hours plus 15 seminar hours)
  • MGIMO direct enrollment course credits range from 1-3.5 U.S. semester/1.5-5.25 quarter hours

Students enroll in the following per semester:

  • Russian language course at the appropriate level
  • CIEE core course: U.S.–Russian Relations
  • 8-11 U.S. credits of direct enrollment courses at MGIMO
  • Optional: Students may also choose to do a CIEE Internship. Those selecting this option will take 5-8 U.S. credits of direct enrollment courses at MGIMO.

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

SPRING 2019 COURSES

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REQUIRED CIEE COURSE

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE

RUSSIAN COURSES

Elementary Russian
Lower Intermediate Russian
Upper Intermediate Russian
Lower Advanced Russian
Advanced Russian
Upper Advanced Russian

Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

MGIMO BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ELECTIVES

Below is a sample list of the MGIMO courses available for the Spring term. Credits for MGIMO courses typically range from 1.5 – 3 semester / 2.25 – 4.5 quarter hours – final credit values will be available during add/drop on-site.

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

SPRING SEMESTER COURSES:

YEAR 1

  • World History
  • Russian History
  • Theory of International Relations
  • Mathematical Methods (Calculus for International Relations Specialists and Quantitative Methods in Economics)
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • State Law of the Russian Federation
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Economic Theory (Macroeconomics)

YEAR 2

  • Comparative Civil Law
  • Russian Economy
  • History of International Relations
  • Game-Theoretical Analysis of International Relations
  • Contemporary Russian Politics
  • Migration
  • History, Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
  • Accounting
  • Global Economics and Social Development
  • Academic Writing (in Russian) (prerequisite: upper advanced Russian) 

YEAR 3

  • State and Business Protocol
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • International Finance
  • PR Strategies
  • Human Resource Management
  • Russia-EU Relations
  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • Introduction to International Security
  • Technology and International Relations
  • Conflict and Cooperation in East Asia
  • Political and Legal Theory

 YEAR 4

  • Terrorism and Asymmetric Warfare
  • Russia in Global Politics
  • Public-Private Partnership
  • Security Issues in International Law
  • Finance Law
  • Critical Geopolitics

FALL 2018 COURSES

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CIEE REQUIRED COURSE

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE

  • INSH 3003 MBIR: Internship

MGIMO RUSSIAN COURSES (1 REQUIRED AT APPROPRIATE LEVEL)

Elementary Russian
Lower Intermediate Russian
Upper Intermediate Russian
Lower Advanced Russian
Advanced Russian
Upper Advanced Russian

Credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours

MGIMO BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ELECTIVES

FALL SEMESTER COURSES

YEAR 1

  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Economics (Microeconomics)
  • Philosophy
  • Russian History
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • World History
  • IT and Internet Communications in Governance
  • Negotiation and Consulting
  • World Politics (Introduction into International Affairs and Strategic Governance

YEAR 2

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • History of International Relations
  • World Economy
  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Applied Statistics and Introduction to Econometrics

YEAR 3

  • Strategic Thinking and Forecasting
  • Company Law
  • Comparative Politics
  • Contemporary International Relations (1991-2017)
  • International Economic Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Politics and Security in Post-Soviet Eurasia
  • Area Studies: Europe and Asia

 YEAR 4

  • Armed Conflicts in the 21st Century
  • Cases in International Law
  • Economics of Politics and International Relations
  • International Law
  • Negotiation
  • Role of the Head of State in International Policy
  • The Politics of International Monetary Integration

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Moscow culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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Fees & Housing

Spring 2019 16 weeks Feb 2, 2019 May 28, 2019
$19,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,518 **

Housing = $3,200

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $19,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,800

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $250

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $1,800

Total Estimated Costs = $5,150

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Fall 2019 16 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 29, 2019* Dec 22, 2019*
$19,450
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,518 **

Housing = $3,200

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $19,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,800

International Airfare = $1,050

Local Transportation = $250

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $1,800

Total Estimated Costs = $5,000

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

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

Spring 2020 16 weeks Nov 1, 2019 TBD* TBD*
Academic year 2019-2020 16 weeks May 1, 2019 Aug 29, 2019* TBD*
$36,955
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $29,823 **

Housing = $6,400

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $36,955

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $3,600

International Airfare = $1,050

Local Transportation = $500

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $3,600

Expenses during break = $1,800 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $10,750

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

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

†† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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