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, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • Dates: May 21 – Jun 18, 2018 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 semester hours / 4.5 - 6 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Explore the complexity of global business and international relations in a vibrant city pulsing with energy and life. This Moscow program gives you the opportunity to experience the role the city has played in defining world politics and economics. Learn from top professors, explore the rich culture, learn survival Russian language skills, and get to know your Russian peers.

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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What you need to know

The program details

The CIEE Study Center in Moscow is located at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), located in a green area of southern Moscow that’s home to several higher education institutions, and considered upmarket and safe.

Moscow State Institute of International Relations. MGIMO is Russia’s most global university, with more than 1,000 foreign students from 65 countries currently enrolled. One of the first Russian universities to join the European Universities Association and the first in Russia to offer a master’s degree in English, 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. Nearby, students have easy access to grocery stores, markets, shopping malls, restaurants and cafeterias, gardens, cinemas, and a bowling alley.

Courses are taught in English. The language course is taught in Russian.

All courses are taught by MGIMO faculty.


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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 only 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.


Program Credit

  • Course credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session
  • Optional Communicative Russian Language course credit: 1 semester/1.5 quarter credits

Students take one area studies course per session, and have the option of taking the Communicative Russian language course.



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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.


  • 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
  • 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.

No Hidden Fees


Summer Session I 2018 4 weeks

Application Due

Apr 1, 2018

Start Date

May 21, 2018

End Date

Jun 18, 2018

Fees & Housing

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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 = $3,268 **

Housing = $850 ***

Insurance = $167

Visa Fees = $265

Total Fees = $4,850

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 = $600

International Airfare = $1,000 ††

Local Transportation = $120

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $600

Total Estimated Costs = $2,370

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

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

for students in the dormitory; students in a homestay should budget $250 for meals (weekday lunches) not included

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

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