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Program Overview

Program Overview

Study business and international relations in a global center of business and culture: Moscow. In this monumental European city, not only will you learn about the capital’s history, but you will also witness first-hand its preparations for the future. Program trips to the imperial capital of Russia, St. Petersburg, and to the rapidly growing capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan, will give you the insight into the diversity and uniqueness of Russia. You will expand your knowledge, boost your Russian language skills, and make vital friendships and connections while studying at Russia’s most prestigious foreign affairs university.

Study abroad in Moscow and you'll:

  • Test your business and leadership skills with an optional internship
  • Take advantage of a wide variety of extracurricular activities with your Russian peers, including debate club, model UN, chorus, international club, economics club, and more
  • Discover another side of Russia on program tours to St. Petersburg and Kazan
  • Enjoy a full complement of cultural activities, from ballet to opera, and get the most out of living and studying in Moscow
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Study international relations and business at Russia’s elite Moscow State Institute of International Relations, while simultaneously improving your Russian language at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.

Excursions and Cultural Activities

CIEE staff arranges local field trips and cultural activities to help you gain a deep appreciation of Russia’s past and present. In Moscow, you’ll tour the world-famous Kremlin, ancient churches, the splendid collection of the Armory Museum, Museum of Modern History of Russia, Tretiakov Museum of Russian Art, and the Pushkin Museum of Western Art, as well as visit an opera or ballet. You’ll also travel to St. Petersburg for three days, where you will explore the city on a guided tour, visit some of St. Petersburg’s most significant places, such as the State Hermitage Museum, the Piskariovskoye Memorial Cemetery, and Yusupov’s Palace, as well as socialize with the students of CIEE’s St. Petersburg program.

Internships

Contingent on individual student qualifications and home institution requirements, you’ll have a chance to develop your business and leadership skills, gain project management experience, and build intercultural knowledge through an internship with a Moscow business or organization. Once accepted to the BIR program in Moscow, you will submit a clear statement of purpose, including a résumé and areas of particular interest. The resident director will explore internship placements and finalize details after your arrival. Throughout your internship, you’ll record your experiences in a journal, which will be evaluated monthly, and complete a final paper. Interns will also meet for weekly seminars and complete an assigned reading list.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (16 wks)
05/15/2016
09/01/2016
12/22/2016
$17,750

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,867
Housing
$3,200
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$265

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,050
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Spring 2017 (16 wks)
11/15/2016
02/03/2017
05/28/2017
$18,850

Program Date Notes

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

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,918
Housing
$3,200
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$265

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,050
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Fall 2017
05/15/2017
TBA
TBA
$18,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,918
Housing
$3,200
Insurance
$167
Visa Fees
$265

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

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,800
International Airfare *
$1,050
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$1,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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

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Academic year 2016-2017 (38 wks)
05/15/2016
09/01/2016
05/28/2017
$33,700

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$26,617
Housing
$6,400
Insurance
$118
Visa Fees
$265

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

Estimated Additional Costs

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

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* 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

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Due to the length of the Russian visa process, CIEE requires students to have a valid passport in order to be accepted. Russian immigration requires that this passport is valid for 18 months beyond the end date of the program.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 15–16 semester / 22.5–24 quarter hours.

  • Russian language course: 45 contact hours for 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
  • CIEE Core Course: 45 contact hours for 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
  • CIEE Internship: 130 contact hours (including on-site work and class meetings) for 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours.
  • MGIMO direct enrollment course credits range in value from 1 to 3.5 U.S. semester / 1.5 - 5.25 quarter hours (based on conversions from local credit values ranging from 1 - 5 ECTS credits).
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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

CIEE students must enroll in a Russian language course at the appropriate level; the CIEE core course, U.S.–Russian Relations; and nine US credits of direct enrollment courses at The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Students may also choose to do a CIEE Internship. Those selecting this option will take six US credits of direct enrollment courses at MGIMO.

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About the City

About The City

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 of 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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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Nancy Kogin

Nancy Kogin has over 20 years of experience living and working in multicultural environments. Her interest in study abroad began in 1990 when she was an exchange student on a year-long program at Belarusian State University in Minsk. Since then she has worked with high school, university and graduate students from all over the U.S. and Eurasia as they prepare for and participate in exchange programs. Prior to joining CIEE, she helped manage the recruitment, selection and pre-departure support of program participants at American Councils for International Education. She received her master’s in International Public Administration from DePaul University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Soviet Studies from Colby College. Nancy has lived in Moscow for almost 20 years and in her free time enjoys reading, walking, and going to museums with her two middle-school aged children.

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Irina Makoveeva

Center Director

A native of Moscow, Irina Makoveeva received her master’s degree in Russian philology and comparative linguistics from the Moscow Lomonosov State University and her doctorate degree in Slavic and film studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout her long academic career, she designed and taught courses on Russian literature, culture, cinema, and all levels of Russian language at such schools as Moscow State Mining University, the Moscow Lomonosov State University, Virginia Tech, the University of Pittsburgh, and Vanderbilt University. Her publications focus on the popular culture adaptations of literary canonical texts, Soviet and post-Soviet culture, and women’s cinema. In her current position as the Director of CIEE Study Centers in Russia, she strives to continuously expand the center’s course offerings and enrollment. In her free time Irina enjoys skiing, opera, films, and The New Yorker.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) is Russia's most prestigious university for students with international interests. It is located in a picturesque, green section of southern Moscow, home to several higher education institutions. MGIMO’s diverse student body of 6,500 is drawn from the top ranks of Russian schools and from partner universities around the world. More than 1,000 foreign students from 65 countries are enrolled at the school. 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.

MGIMO operates directly under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs rather than the Ministry of Education, and is the only Russian university to have its administration structured this way. As a result, the university’s links to Russian Foreign Service members are unparalleled. The current Russian minister of foreign affairs, Sergei Lavrov, is himself an alumnus. Other renowned graduates include presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Slovakia, Ukraine, and other countries.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) provides CIEE students with double occupancy rooms in a dormitory located on campus, close to the main classroom buildings. The dorm is a mix of international students – many are native Russian-speakers from former Soviet republics – and Russian nationals, offering excellent cultural and linguistic integration opportunities. Rooms have suite bathrooms and a shared kitchen on each floor. Wireless Internet is included in the program fee. Weekly linen service and laundry facilities are also included. A modern athletic complex with an indoor swimming pool is a short walk from the dorm.

Please note that meals are not included. Students can dine in restaurants and cafeterias on or off campus, and can buy everything they need in local grocery stores and markets, and at two shopping malls. Easily accessible recreational pursuits include walking and jogging in nearby gardens, cinemas, and a bowling alley, with the center of Moscow only 20 minutes away by metro!

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Orientations

Orientations

Your study abroad experience in Russia begins with an online pre-departure orientation. The resident director at CIEE’s Study Center in Moscow will share information about the program and site and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

Upon arrival, you will participate in a three-day, on-site orientation at a Moscow hotel. This includes an intensive introduction to Russia, Russian culture, health and safety issues, and the academic program. The orientation is supported by Russian student assistants in order to facilitate your entry into your new culture. Additional orientation activities throughout the first two weeks of the program will help get you acclimated. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Students are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Internet connections are available for free in classroom buildings and students have access to wireless Internet and a computer lab at MGIMO’s multimedia lab. In addition, Moscow has many cafés that offer free wireless Internet connection.

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Culture

Culture

MGIMO offers students the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, from international conferences and lectures to concerts, dances, and clubs. Russian students also participate in CIEE-organized events, such as cinema and game nights. Through engagement with their Russian peers, students gain a unique insight into student life in Russia.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Business and International Relations program includes Russian and European area studies coursework focusing on international affairs, business, and economics; a required CIEE core course; a required Russian language course; and an optional for-credit internship.

Most Business and International Relations Program students enroll in courses at MGIMO’s School of Governance and International Affairs. The School offers a wide selection of bachelor-level courses, all conducted in English by MGIMO faculty. Students with native or near-native fluency in Russian may, with permission, enroll in courses at other MGIMO departments.

Academic Culture

At Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), CIEE students enroll in courses alongside Russian and other international students. Classes are held Monday through Saturday, and there are frequent excursions and activities. Courses are academically challenging, dynamic, and involve daily reading and homework assignments. Attendance at lectures is required. Typical MGIMO area studies courses vary from 15 to 25 students. Language class size averages from five to seven students. University classrooms are modern, comfortable, and equipped with the most up-to-date technology for instruction.

The MGIMO fall semester runs from September to January. CIEE fall semester students can arrange to take early exams in December. The spring semester begins in early February and runs through early June. There are no vacation breaks during semesters, so students should plan extended travel accordingly.

Nature of Classes

MGIMO classes typically meet once a week for two academic hours (90 minutes) and are taught in lecture/seminar style. The CIEE core course meets once a week for three hours.

The academic program is rigorous and demands significant preparation outside of class. Students should expect to be active participants in their course of study. Participation constitutes part of the overall grade, and there is a strict attendance policy. In addition, each course is composed of written projects, examinations, and presentations as a means of assessment.

Grading System

Grading is on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the highest, and 1 or 2 both being failing marks. CIEE converts the numeric grades into U.S. letter grade equivalents.

Language of Instruction

English; Russian

Faculty

All courses are taught by MGIMO faculty.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Russian Courses

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

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

Required CIEE Course

U.S.–Russian Relations
This course analyzes the development of U.S.-Russian policy in a new, international context, with particular emphasis on post-Cold War and the results of bilateral relations at the end of the first decade of the 21st century. Different strategies of both the Russian and U.S. governments will be studied, and the contrasting features of their bilateral relations discussed. Other topics covered include nuclear arms control, non- proliferation, expansion of NATO, energy and environmental security, trade relations, regime change and human rights, and conflicts over Kosovo, Chechnya, and most recently Georgia. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Elective Course

CIEE Elective Internship
Qualified students with permission from their home institution may opt to do in an internship in Moscow. Internships are available at a number of businesses, with an emphasis on placements that develop students’ business skills, leadership ability, project management experience, and intercultural skills. After acceptance to the program, students must submit a clear statement of purpose, including a résumé and areas of particular interest. The resident director will explore internship placements and finalize details after the student’s arrival. Interns will be required to record their experiences in a journal, which will be evaluated monthly during the internship, and complete a final paper. Interns will also meet for weekly seminars and complete an assigned reading list. Contact hours: 130 (including on-site work and class meetings). Recommended 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:

  1. understand the basic political concepts in politics;
  2. discuss major theories and concepts of political science and its subfields;
  3. understand the nature of power, authority, legitimacy, leadership;
  4. apply terminology, theories, and concepts to current events and specific cases,
  5. critically interpret domestic and international political events;
  6. assess structural, cultural and institutional factors determining political outcomes;
  7. understand the essence of institutional arrangements;
  8. compare institutions, political culture and behavior across nations;
  9. 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, labour 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 ect.)

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:

  1. present the broad, fundamental understanding of the main events and developments (end XIXth century-1991)
  2. understand the logic of the systemic approach to the study of IR
  3. apply the logic accordingly when analyzing the core historic events
  4. trace the prerequisites, development and outcome of any historical event within the course
  5. 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.

Spring semester courses:


Basics of Accounting
The course will introduce students to basic accounting principles, accounting concepts, and accounting terminology. Some of the basic accounting terms that students will learn include revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities, income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. Students will become familiar with accounting debits and credits as we show you how to record transactions. Different national accounting systems and standards will be compared during the course. Also the course will lay the foundations for further learning of such disciplines as Economic and Financial Analysis and Decision-Making in Management.

Basics of Political Science
Refer to the course description in “Fall semester courses” section.

Business and Personal Communication
The course is designed to prepare students for international assignments as well as develop better understanding of business and personal communication. The skills acquired as result of this course will facilitate greatly the interaction between them and people of diverse cultural backgrounds in different business and personal situations. The course is relevant and up-to-date. There are frequent role-plays and simulations designed to develop essential communication skills in a cross-cultural business and personal setting. Some brief presentations are interactive and skills focused. The intention is to make a difference by leaving the students more skilled and able to perform better rather than just more intellectually aware. The small group may ensure attention to individual needs.

Comparative Constitutional Law
Refer to the course description in “Fall semester courses” section.

Comparative Civil Law
The main goal of the course is to provide students with fundamental knowledge of the Russian civil law in comparison with UK civil law and Incoterms.
Course objectives are:

  1. To introduce students to analyzing and evaluating situations from a legal perspective, identifying the essential elements of the Russian contractual system.
  2. To orient students towards distinguishing between different types of forms of obligations and the ability of the main subjects of law (individuals and legal entities) to incur and fulfill legal obligations.
  3. To provide students with understanding of the obligation security means.

Economics – Microeconomics & Macroeconomics
Refer to the course description in “Fall semester courses” section.

Ethnopolitical Problems of Russia
The aim of the course is to provide students with foundational knowledge and sound understanding of ethnopolitical issues in Russia, to familiarize students with historical and geographical background of ethnopolitics in Russia, to give students guidance upon current ethnopolitical processes and trends in Russian Federation, to present basic conceptual and analytical tools required by the systematic study of ethnopolitics.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand and operate with key definitions for the ethnopolitical field.
  2. Demonstrate solid knowledge of ethnic diversity in Russian Federation.
  3. Have a clear idea of historical background of Russian ethnopolitics.
  4. Gain a better comprehension of on-going ethnopolitical processes and trends.

Game-Theoretical Analysis of International Processes
The aim of the course is to provide students with foundational knowledge and sound understanding of the main notions and ideas of the theory of political processes and their application to international processes, to introduce students general decision making templates, describe how decisions are made in international relations, which are pivotal players in politics, how to construct acceptable collective decision and game-theoretical foundations of international processes.

History of International Relations
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History of Russia
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History, Theory and Practice of Diplomacy
The course is planned for one semester with purpose to show that in the modern post bipolar world characterized by increasing intensity of disputed situations, which are developing into armed conflicts and terrorist acts, –the art of diplomacy still remains one of the most effective tools for peace resolution of disputes and for dialogue between various cultures. The course starting point is a comparative approach supposing comparison between national models of diplomacy throughout their evolution with all features inherent in them and universal features as well. At the same time the systemic analysis will help to define diplomacy as function of international relations system.

Political System of Contemporary Russia
The course “Political System of Contemporary Russia” is intended to provide knowledge of the Russian political system. An emphasis is placed on the current trends of the Russian political development. Another important focus will be on political outlooks and perspectives based on a fundamental historical analysis of the political development of the Russian Federation from 1990s till nowadays.

The main aim of the course is to provide students with fundamental (basic) knowledge of the Russian political system. The basic principle of the course is to give the students guidelines on the political system and development of the Russian Federation. Classes are generally held to promote better understanding of the current political situation in Russia and possible scenarios of its evolution.

Teaching methods used include lectures, discussion classes, round-table discussions, students’ presentations.

Russian Economy

The main goal of the course is to provide students with fundamental (basic) knowledge of the Russian economic policy.

The basic principle of the course is to give the students guidelines on the economic environment in Russia. Classes are generally held to promote better understanding of the current economic development in Russia. Teaching methods used include lectures, discussion classes, round table discussions, students’ presentations.

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