Moscow, Russia

Business + International Relations

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Application Deadline

June 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: June 1, 2018
  • Dates: Sep 1 – Dec 21, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative 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

June 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: June 1, 2018
  • 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.

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  • parks

    116
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    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.

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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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    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

  • INRE 3001 MBIR: U.S.-Russian Relations

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE

  • INSH 3003 MBIR: Internship

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

Contact hours: 45. credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

MGIMO BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ELECTIVES

FALL SEMESTER COURSES

History of Russia 
The course aims to introduce students to the history of Russia from its origins to the beginning of the 21st century. During the autumn term the students will study key problems of Russian Medieval and Early Modern history. Particular attention will be given to the process of formation of a multi-national empire.

The second term acquaints students with the history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Here the main emphasis is given to political and social history as well as to the history of Russian culture during that period. Regarding MGIMO specialization, throughout the course a special attention is given to Russian foreign policy and Russia’s role in the international relations.

Introduction into International Affairs and Strategic Governance
The main goal of the course is to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge about world politics. The course objectives are:

To introduce students to the contemporary theoretical approaches to world politics and international affairs.
To provide students with main facts and different opinions on history of international affairs.
To orient students towards independent thinking about contemporary world politics, international affairs and strategic governance.

Sociology 
Sociology enables students to understand the world we live in, its social and cultural dynamics. We have to deal with the “runaway world”, and sociology is trying to catch up with it in order to reflect it adequately. That is why sociologists are constantly working out newer and newer theories. The main aim of the course is to provide students with broad and deep knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural dynamics, to analyze and systematize works of the main representatives of classical, modern and post-modern sociology. Besides, in the course special attention is paid to the development of sociological imagination that will help the students to understand themselves, as they are the products of social and cultural dynamics of the liquid modern world.

Comparative Constitutional Law
The course Comparative Constitutional Law focuses on giving students knowledge of Constitutional Law from a comparative perspective, comparing state systems, constitutional rights, territorial structures, main state bodies, court systems, municipal systems in a different countries like Russia, the USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and others. The studies of Comparative Constitutional Law will enrich students not only with common theoretical, but also practical knowledge, which will give them the ability, after studying of this course, to orient in different systems of law, understand constitutional basics and principles, to have the possibility to forecast the development of the state and its institutions. This knowledge for sure will be of high importance for employment in multinational companies, law firms and state and municipal bodies in different countries.

Basics of Political Science
The course is designed as an introduction to the concepts underlying modern approaches to the study of politics and as an introduction to comparative politics, a field that involves cross-national analysis and area studies of domestic politics in different countries. The course is taught in units of political actors, political phenomena and specific theoretical problems. The theme-based composition of the course will familiarize the students with the main theoretical frameworks in contemporary political science.
By the end of this course students should be able to:

understand the basic political concepts in politics;
discuss major theories and concepts of political science and its subfields;
understand the nature of power, authority, legitimacy, leadership;
apply terminology, theories, and concepts to current events and specific cases,
critically interpret domestic and international political events;
assess structural, cultural and institutional factors determining political outcomes;
understand the essence of institutional arrangements;
compare institutions, political culture and behavior across nations;
demonstrate critical thinking, analyze and evaluate political evidence and produce well-reasoned arguments about politics using evidence to support conclusions in a coherent way.

Economics – Microeconomics & Macroeconomics 
The main objective of the course is to empower students in better understanding of the national and global economies, and basic economic rules. The course of economics will give them a broad knowledge of both the potential and limits of economic policy. Microeconomics and macroeconomics are the two connected sections of the course which shape the total idea of the most important economic laws and trends.

Microeconomics describes market economy mechanisms and includes such issues as principles of rational behavior, demand and supply theory, elasticity, market equilibrium, profit maximizing under different market structures, etc.

Macroeconomics focuses on the major macroeconomic problems such as macroeconomic equilibrium and disequilibrium, macroeconomic fundamentals, government intervention, difference between classical macroeconomics and the Keynesian revolution, unemployment, inflation, etc.

The course forms a comprehensive vision of the situation in Russia and other countries and contains elements of comparative analysis. It should also develop economic thinking and should be a major prerequisite for other economic and managerial disciplines.

Statistics
The course “Statistics” provides an overview of major indicators and variables of social and economic development of countries, regions and international organizations. The course provides students with fundamental knowledge in descriptive statistics, social and demographic statistics, labor force statistics, system of national accounts, gross domestic product and macroeconomic indicators, deflator, international trade in goods and services and other international standards. Students will be introduced to the ways of collecting, analyzing, presenting and interpreting data on the basis of national and international organizations’ on-line statistical databases (the UN, EU, OECD etc.)

Main learning outcome for a student is a self-dependent computing and analysis of the main processes outlines for the activities of individual companies and for international social and economic development.

History of International Relations 
The aim of the course is to provide students with foundational knowledge and sound understanding of the History of International Relations, to introduce students to the systemic approach of the study of IR history, to provide students with substantial knowledge and fundamental understanding of the logic and basic correlations of historical developments within the study course.
By the end of this course students should be able to:

present the broad, fundamental understanding of the main events and developments (end 19th century-1991)
understand the logic of the systemic approach to the study of IR
apply the logic accordingly when analyzing the core historic events
trace the prerequisites, development and outcome of any historical event within the course
analyze and draw conclusions of the main historic events and developments as well as trace pivotal tendencies in different regions and trace correlations

Practical Aspects of the Negotiation Process and Consulting
The course focuses on the study of theory of the negotiation process and the world's major schools of negotiations, and the development of practical skills for real negotiations.

System of Public Management and Municipal Administration: A Comparative Analysis
The course is aimed at studying various models and approaches to public and municipal administration around the world with emphasis on the study of legal aspects. Students should develop their analytical skills, the ability to use modern methods of comparative analysis. Through the prism of a comparative analysis students will be able to learn the peculiarities of the public administration in the Russian Federation, deepen their knowledge of the theory of state and law, theory of governance.

Administrative Law
The goal of the course is to provide students with foundational knowledge and sound understanding of the constitutional constraints and the statutory framework that regulates administrative agencies in their exercise of administrative authority in the Russian Federation and foreign countries. The principal emphasis of the course is on the major federal state bodies and agencies in Russia and other countries.

World Economy 
The aims of the course are to provide students with foundational knowledge and sound understanding of mechanism and resources of the world economy, to introduce students to main groups of countries in the world economy, the magnitude of the development gap between them, to provide students with knowledge of the main tendencies and perspectives of development of the world economy.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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

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

Fall 2018 16 weeks Jun 1, 2018 Sep 1, 2018 Dec 21, 2018
$18,850
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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 = $14,918 **

Housing = $3,200

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $18,850

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.

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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

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

Spring 2019 16 weeks Nov 15, 2018 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

Academic year 2018-2019 16 weeks Jun 1, 2018 Sep 1, 2018 TBD
$36,385
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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 = $29,253 **

Housing = $6,400

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $36,385

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

*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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