Moscow, Russia

Business + International Relations

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Information for term Business + International Relations

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 27 – Dec 20, 2020 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 4 – May 30, 2021 (16 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 27, 2020 – May 30, 2021 (39 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA


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Broaden your perspective on world events, gain insight into the diversity and uniqueness of Russia, and boost your Russian language skills while taking classes at CIEE’s partner school, The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and CIEE Moscow. Students enroll in English-taught courses alongside Russian and other international students that include Russian language, MGIMO courses, and optional internship. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Test

    your business and leadership skills

  • Discover

    another side of Russia on program tours

  • Join

    your Russian peers in activities like debate club

  • museums and exhibition halls

  • parks

  • restaurants


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


  • 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.


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

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Daily Life

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    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.


    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.

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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 + International Relations program includes Russian and European areas studies coursework focusing on international affairs, economics, and business through a combination of courses at CIEE Moscow and The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Students with high Russian language proficiency may petition to enroll for credit in courses taught in Russian at MGIMO.

The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) is Russia’s most prestigious university for students with international interests. MGIMO is situated in southern Moscow and is also host to CIEE Moscow facilities. 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 the current Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergie Lavrov.


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    At MGIMO, CIEE students enroll in courses alongside Russian and other international students. Typical MGIMO area studies courses vary from 15 to 35 students. Language class-size averages from 5 to 10 students.


    Grading in the English language bachelor program uses percentages and letter grades, A-F. CIEE converts the percentages 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. 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. Students typically take 5-8 courses per semester, depending on their credit values.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.


    A valid passport at time of application. Russian immigration requires that passports are valid for 18 months beyond the program end-date to acquire a student visa.

    Current Russian passport holders and U.S. passport holders adopted from, or born in Russia are required to travel on Russian passports. If this applies to you, please contact your nearest Russian consulate to clarify your citizenship status and then contact CIEE with questions.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter hours

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours
  • Russian language courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 77 contact hours
  • MGIMO courses: 1-4 U.S. semester/1.5-6 quarter credits; 32-144 notional hours

Language of Instruction
English and Russian


  • CIEE required course
    • U.S.-Russian Relations
  • Russian language course
  • MGIMO and/or CIEE elective courses


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Elementary Russian

Lower Intermediate Russian

Upper Intermediate Russian

Lower Advanced Russian

Advanced Russian

Upper Advanced Russian

NOTE: Not all courses listed are offered every semester, and some courses have prerequisites. The final list of courses is made available during the course enrollment process on-site. Additionally, final MGIMO course credit values will be finalized during the add/drop period on site.

Fall Semester

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

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.


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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
  • MSI 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 & Fees

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Dates & 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.


  • 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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • 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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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 16 weeks May 1, 2020 Aug 27, 2020* Dec 20, 2020*
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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 = $15,918 **

Housing = $3,200

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $19,850

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 = $1,200

Local Transportation = $250

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $1,800

Other = $40 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $5,190

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

†† Visa Extension

Spring 2021 16 weeks Nov 1, 2020 Feb 4, 2021* May 30, 2021*
Academic year 2020-2021 39 weeks May 1, 2020 Aug 27, 2020* May 30, 2021*

*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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