BA in Government and International Affairs


Program Description

General Information

The School offers a full-time four-year Bachelor of International Affairs Degree Course with a curriculum drawn from across the University’s divisions. The course includes four years of full-time training in line with the Russian Federal Standard of Higher Education «International Affairs». The programme intake is 50 students, classes commence on September 1.

The School brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the social and political world around us, refining analytical and practical skills useful for a whole range of future careers and activities. It is a degree designed for those who like to draw connections among political, economic and social phenomena. Underpinned by analytical rigour, the programme offers a broad perspective on international politics and economy, Eurasian security, Russian foreign policy, government and domestic politics.

The course is multi-disciplinary, reflecting the need for public leaders who can reach across specialist fields to find more innovative solutions to difficult policy challenges.

The course is practical, responding directly to the demand for policy experts who can also act as negotiators, financial managers, and communicators to deliver successful results.

The course is global in that students learn how policy is made, implemented, and evaluated in governments and corporations around the world, and at local, regional and global levels.

The School will expose its students to cutting-edge analysis and interpretations of the current international trends as well as to the processes and institutions that shape key policy decisions that affect our lives as members of nations, states, and other political groupings. BA candidates will also learn how to evaluate the choices that political, economic, and social systems must regularly make, and about the forces that maintain or change those systems.

Our B.A. in International Affairs is intended for students wishing immediately to pursue graduate degrees, as well as for those who prefer practice in such areas as diplomacy, government, international business, and intelligence analysis – anything which requires profound analytical skills coupled with impeccable foreign language fluency.

Our Curriculum

The programme may be of interest for applicants from outside Russia who take interest in international relations, law and economics, government, security in Eurasia, Russian foreign and domestic politics.

Basic knowledge of Russian is recommended for applicants but not required. MGIMO offers training in the Russian language (8 academic hours weekly); the School also provides a number of elective courses to develop “Russia knowledge” -- getting to know the peculiarities of doing business in Russia, the psychology of ethnic relations in Russia, Russian political culture, key political trends and conflicts.

For students with a strong command of Russian intensive courses of advanced English are offered.

The programme equips students with knowledge and skills required for employment or graduate studies in international relations, government and public policy, law. Training courses also aim to develop the essential skills of academic writing and public speaking. Our curriculum is designed to help students better understand their role as global citizens who will live and be employed in an increasingly internationalized, multi-cultural environment.

Core disciplines in the curriculum include World and Russian History, International Politics, Economics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Comparative Politics and Government, International, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Strategic Forecasting in Political Processes, Economics, Psychology, and Conflict Management.

These basic courses enable students to

  • understand the dynamics of contemporary international and transnational relations and historical trajectories of government around the world;
  • understand global and key national economic trends;
  • become sharp analysts and critical consumers of information;
  • appreciate the role of institutions in global, international, and domestic politics;
  • acquire analytical and oral presentation skills as part of the ability to criticize and reason logically;
  • be ready to apply these skills in practical work, including policy-making and evaluation.

Programme requirements include an Undergraduate Thesis. It must address contemporary international policy issues, such as managing natural resources and migration flows, conflict and development, energy security, human rights and democracy, financial regulation, terrorism and organized crime, the welfare state, global governance, etc.

Students are also required to complete an internship in the Moscow offices of international organizations, think-tanks, media, or NGOs.

Upon graduation (i.e. having completed 8 semesters of studies) students are expected to be proficient in at least one foreign language other than Russian and their native tongue.

B.A. graduates may apply to join MGIMO graduate programmes taught in English, dual-degree M.A. programmes, or a wide variety of M.A. programmes at MGIMO University or other Russian universities taught in Russian.

Career Opportunities

Our B.A. programme prepares students for successful careers in both the public and private sectors, including government, non-governmental organizations, transnational business, etc.

The School has dedicated careers advisors to support our students during their study. We organize careers events to bring relevant employers and students together and maintain a network of support among alumni and current students of the University.

Students will also have access to MGIMO careers service offering advice and training not only in furthering their careers upon graduation but also with placing its students in internships during the 8th semester. The School's Careers Centre will allow relevant organizations directly to target students for recruitment.

MGIMO graduates are sought by employers internationally and the career prospects for a successful B.A. student at MGIMO are excellent. Among them:

  • Central or Regional Government Official
  • Diplomat, Foreign Service Officer
  • Policy Institute Analyst
  • City Manager
  • GR Manager
  • Political Consultant
  • Political and Business Information Analyst

Students usually find employment opportunities with central, regional or local governments in their countries, international business, NGOs, lobbying, interest and political groups. MGIMO graduates are well marketable in business and industry in Russia, Eurasia, and globally. The Internship programme often helps to secure employment upon graduation.

Students who go on to pursue graduate and post-graduate degrees find employment as researchers and university faculty at MGIMO and worldwide.

Tuition Fee, Deadlines, Age Requirements

Tuition fee: 650000 RUR for Russian nationals; 8200 EUR for non-Russian nationals per academic year. Russian VAT not applicable. Possible bank commissions or other surcharges of third parties are not included.

Deadline for application: July 15th, 2018.

  • Eligible applicants will be invited to video interviews by email if necessary.
  • Admission results publication: August 2018.

Age requirements: admission to MGIMO University is based upon academic merit and potential. MGIMO bears the responsibility for safeguarding children under Russian laws, so a parent/custodian will be notified of an offer of admission made to anyone who will be younger than 18 years of age at the time of registration as MGIMO student.

How to submit an application?

Please mind and follow these 10 rules:

  • Contact us ONLY using this e-mail address:
  • In the "Message Subject" field please write "Application" and mention the candidate's surname.
  • Indicate how we can address you in your message (name, surname). In case you represent the interests of an applicant (your child, relative, friend, etc.), please make sure we understand that.
  • Attached files must be in the MS Word (DOC) or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) formats.
  • Attached scans and/or pictures must be in PDF or JPG formats.
  • Please choose an appropriate name for each attached file (for example diploma, CV, transcript, etc.).
  • Do not send us your documents by regular mail and never send us originals as we are unable to return them to you. Provide only high-quality scans via e-mail.
  • Please be informed that the processing of your inquiries usually takes 5 to 15 business days. We will get back to you shortly with any updates regarding the status of your application.
  • Do not wait until the very last day to submit your application. As soon as your application is ready, send it to us.
  • To be eligible for assessment, your application must be submitted before the deadline. Once you have sent us your application, you will not be allowed to modify it. Nevertheless, you may send your application materials in batches, but make sure that we receive the last batch before the deadline. If your application is not complete by the deadline and/or submitted after the deadline, we will be unable to process it.

Your application should be supported by the following documents:

  • High school diploma and/or leaving examination certificate(s), if you already have received it. If not, you will need to send it to us as soon as you receive it from your school. Once admitted, you will have to present the originals of these documents during registration as an MGIMO student and undertake (1) notarial certification of the translation of your application documents into the Russian language and (2) nostrification, or approval of your documents by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The University will provide all the necessary assistance to pass these procedures smoothly. Please note that the nostrification procedure is not necessary for citizens of the countries that have signed agreements on recognition and equivalence of diplomas with the Russian Federation, though additional conditions may apply based on a particular treaty.
  • Photo of an applicant (at least 300 dpi; by e-mail). ATTENTION: eight printed photos 3x4 cm (matte with white background only; black & white or colour) will have to be submitted upon your admission and arrival at our campus.
  • CV/Résumé (no specific template to follow).
  • Motivation letter (personal statement), up to 1,000 words.
  • Academic and/or professional references (at least two). Please do not collect references yourself. Provide us with names, e-mail addresses, and other contact information of your referees, and we shall reach out to them separately. Please ask your referees to prepare reference letters so that we could collect them on a short notice.
  • English language test certificate (International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) academic test with a total score of 6.0 and 5.5 in each of the components; and/or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 80 and 20 in each of the four skills).
  • Photocopy of your ID: passport or ID card.
  • Electronic application form
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