Moscow, Russia

Summer Business + International Relations

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Information for term Summer Business + International Relations

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: May 18 – Jun 15, 2020 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Spend your summer living in Moscow, learning to speak Russian, and exploring world politics. Courses are taught at CIEE Moscow, in English and complemented with co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Take small, stimulating classes

    on site at one of Russia's top universities.

  • Experience Russia

    beyond Moscow on an overnight excursion to St. Petersburg.

  • Complement your classroom

    learning with outings, volunteer work, and site visits.

  • visitors daily on weekends to Gorky Park

  • metro lines

  • restaurants


Location & Culture

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The capital of Russia, one of the world’s major political, economic, cultural, and scientific centers, and the most populous city in Europe, Moscow is a 21st-century metropolis, renowned for dazzling architecture and iconic sights like Red Square, the Kremlin, and Lenin’s tomb. For students of business or international relations, Moscow offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience firsthand the role the vibrant city has played for decades in defining world politics and economics.

The Culture


  • Tour the world-famous Kremlin, ancient churches, the State Tretiakov Museum of Russian Art, and the Cold War Museum Bunker -42.
  • Visit the ballet and see some of the greatest dancers in the world.
  • Participate in CIEE-organized events - such as cinema and game nights, cooking classes, and a day trip – with Russian buddies.
  • Travel to St. Petersburg for three days and explore the city on a guided tour.


Volunteering. Students have the opportunity to engage with the community through volunteer work with local organizations.

Russian Buddies. CIEE provides several weekly events such as cinema nights and discussion clubs where you can meet Russian students. These students will provide you with additional language support and give you a firsthand look at their lifestyle.

Daily Life

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    Student housing. Students live in 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. Weekly linen service and laundry facilities are included. On-campus athletic facilities including indoor swimming pool are located a short walk from the dorm and are available to students for a reasonable monthly fee.


    Meals are not included.

Moscow, Russia

Where You'll Study

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    Located in Moscow State Institute of International Relations. 20 minutes away by metro from the city center.

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    20 minutes away by metro from the city center.

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    Getting Around

    Students use public transportation like the metro to get from their housing and classes to the city center.

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

All students take the required course - Russia and the United States in International Relations. Students can also enroll in an optional Communicative Russian Language course taught in Russian (1 credit). In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.

CIEE Moscow is located on Moscow State Institute of International Relations’ (MGIMO) campus, 20-minutes away by metro from the city center. All courses are taught by MGIMO faculty.

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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    Students attend classes three days a week and participate in cultural activities, extracurricular excursions, and class field trips two days a week. Classes are 90 minutes in length. Russia and the United States in International Relations is taught in English. Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students.


    Students are graded on the basis of class participation, individual project work, presentations, and a research paper. MGIMO professors grade by percentage and a letter grade.


    Russian teaching emphasizes in-class learning. Students are expected to take initiative for their learning. Participation is important; attendance is mandatory. The summer course is attended only by CIEE students.



    Students need to have an overall GPA of at least 2.5.


    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 contact CIEE with questions.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session

Course Credit

  • CIEE course: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • Communicative Russian Language course: 1 U.S. semester/1.5 quarter credits; 15 contact hours

Language of Instruction

Required CIEE course

Course Notes
Students studying with CIEE for multiple sessions may only take Communicative Russian once.

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
  • Anniversary Scholarship

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
  • 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

Summer Session I 2020 4 weeks Apr 1, 2020 May 18, 2020 Jun 15, 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 = $3,668 **

Housing = $850 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $5,250

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 = $500

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $50

Books & Supplies = $20

Personal expenses = $400

Total Estimated Costs = $2,170

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

*** Two meals a day (and three on weekends) are provided for students in homestays; students in dormitories are responsible for all meals

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

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