Bachelor of arts (BA) en anglais, Gouvernance et affaires internationales d’Institut d’Etat des Relations Internationales de Moscou(MGIMO)


B.A. in Government and International Affairs at MGIMO is the first full English-taught B.A. program in Russia. The course may be of interest for applicants from countries other than Russia who take interest in state and international relations, law and economics, governance and management, Russian domestic politics.

The program 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 employ their practical skills as negotiators, financial managers and communicators to deliver successful results.

The program 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 program will acquaint its students with the institutions that make crucial decisions which govern our lives as members of nations, states and other political groupings. BA candidates will also learn how to evaluate the choices which political, economic and social systems must regularly make, and about the processes that maintain or change those systems.

The B.A. in Government and International Affairs is intended for students wishing to go on to do graduate research afterwards, as well as for careers in practical fields — such as domestic politics and diplomacy, international business, and intelligence analysis — anything which demands profound analytical skills coupled with impeccable foreign language fluency.

Some command of Russian is recommended for applicants but not required. During studies at MGIMO training will include courses on Russian language (10 academic hours weekly); the School provides an extensive teaching of «Russia knowledge»: specificities of doing business in Russia, psychology of ethnic relations in Russia, Russian political culture, key political processes and conflicts.

For students who have a strong command of Russian language intensive courses of advanced English are provided.

The program equips students with knowledge and skills required for employment or graduate research in politics, government, public administration, public policy, law, public speaking, and writing. This option is best suited to students who propose to get directly involved in the political process, government or political organization. For those not interested in pursuing law school, the course prepares graduates for employment in public or political organizations or for work in legal fields in a non-laweyering capacity. The course helps graduates better understand their role as global citizens who will live and be employed in an increasingly international, multi-cultural environment.

As part of their studies, students complete a set of core courses grounded in: Political Science, Governance and Management, Government Decision-Making and Implementation, Administrative Law, Civil Law, Strategic Thinking and Forecasting in Political Processes, Economics (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Global Economy), World History and Russian History, Psychology and Conflict Management.

These basic courses enable them to:

  • Understand the historical trajectory of government around the world.
  • Understand economics and the general workings of the economy which is increasingly necessary to make sense of governmental policy-making, the conduct of businesses and the enormous changes in economic and financial systems which are occurring throughout the world at the current time.
  • Become informed and critical consumers of information.
  • Appreciate the organizations and institutions of government both nationally and globally.
  • Develop analytical rigour and the ability to criticize and reason logically.
  • Be able to apply these skills to many contemporary and historical schools of thought, and to questions concerning how we acquire knowledge or how we make operational recommendations.

Total credits: 240 credits (over 4 years, 30 credits per semester)

Core subjects: 200+ credits over 4 years

  • International Relations, World Politics and Political Science: 44 credits
  • Governance: 31 credits
  • Social Sciences and Humanities: 17 credits
  • Law: 14 credits
  • Economics and Management: 22 credits
  • Foreign Language: 90 credits (*)

Among compulsory courses:

  • History of International Relations: 4 credits
  • Contemporary International Relations: 4 credits
  • Contemporary Global Problems: 3 credits
  • Political System of Contemporary Russia: 4 credits
  • System of Public Management and Municipal Administration: 2 credits
  • Strategic Governance: 3 credits
  • Macroeconomics and Microeconomics: 4 credits
  • International Economic Relations: 4 credits
  • International Organizations: 4 credits
  • Law (Constitutional, Administrative, Civil, Finance, etc.): 18 credits
  • World History and Russian History: 3 credits
  • Philosophy: 4 credits

  • Elective courses: 22 credits
  • Internship: 10 credits

Language Training includes two foreign languages:

  1. For non-Russian-speaking students: a) Russian, b) French or Spanish (availability depending on the year of application); Major in Russian.
  2. For students with a good command of Russian language: a) Advanced English as a Foreign Language and the language of instruction; b) French or Spanish (availability depending on the year of application). Major in a language other than English or Russian.


  • Final University Examinations (Finals) taken by students at the end of the 4th year: 6 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Examination: 2 credits
  • Foreign Language: 2 credits
  • Undergraduate Thesis: 2 credits

The B.A. course will prepare applicants for a successful career in public service, whether in government, non-governmental organizations or in the private sector.

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

Students will also have access to MGIMO’s careers service offering advice and training not only in furthering your career after graduating from the School, 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:

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

Students may have employment opportunities with central, regional or local governments of their countries, international business, NGOs, lobbying, interest and political groups.

Students who go on to do graduate and post-graduate research find employment at higher school levels and in college teaching. MGIMO graduates are well marketable in business and industry. Internship Program assists in securing employment upon graduation.

Deadline for application: July 31st, 2014.

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About MGIMO University


MGIMO is Russia’s most revered educational institution with a wide range of educational programs and specializations. Enjoying the excellent reputation and high positions in academic ratings the University has built up a wide net of international contacts. The development of bilateral and multilateral contacts continues to be a key priority of the MGIMO strategy today.

MGIMO’s diverse student body of 6,000 is drawn from the top ranks of Russian students and from partner universities around the world. 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. International undergraduates can apply for a fully English-taught B.A. program or choose from challenging and exciting courses in Russian. Students seeking a Master degree can apply for one of MGIMO’s groundbreaking double-degree programs, offered in partnership with international institutions, or seek a place in one of more than thirty MA programs taught in Russian.

For all its history, MGIMO is continuing to remake itself. In the last five years, the university has formed numerous new partnerships with leading institutions around the world. MGIMO is integrating fully into the Bologna accords, spelling out strict standards for European higher learning institutions. The University is also committed to fostering an ever-evolving student body, curriculum, and campus life that continues to reflect its reputation as Russia’s most prestigious and most advanced place for understanding international affairs.