The MGIMO School of Government and International Affairs


Welcome from the Dean

Welcome from the Dean

Dear Friend,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you on behalf of The MGIMO School of Government and International Affairs. The School was established in 2013 to manage Russia’s first undergraduate program with full instruction in the English language. Winston Churchill once referred to Russia as a «riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma». At our School, we look to at least unwrap the enigma, so that our international students can solve it for themselves during their course of study with help from our top-notch faculty.

Over the six years since its inauguration, the School has been expanding and beefing up its international profile. It is now unique in Russia and beyond for its multidisciplinary curriculum, unparalleled training in foreign languages, student diversity, and top-notch faculty with advanced internationally recognized degrees and extensive experience of teaching and publishing in English. At our School you will get a 360-degree perspective on world politics combined with a deep and professional understanding of Russia, its politics and policies. You will be trained to proficiency in two foreign languages aside from English, learn to analyze modern great power relations and international migration, climate change and global economic crises, while making full use of the exciting business and personal growth opportunities that Russia has to offer.

We recruit globally and enroll over 60 students each year into our three undergraduate degree programs. We are working to hire bright new faculty capable of teaching innovative courses at the intersection of international politics and history, economics and technology, sociology and psychology, leadership and entrepreneurship. In no other undergraduate or graduate school specializing in social sciences, humanities, or business education across the world will you be able to receive 16 academic hours of foreign-language training per week included in the curriculum.

The School is uniquely positioned to be an integral part of MGIMO — one of Russia’s best universities that has trained many generations of the national and global political and business leaders. At MGIMO, you will join a powerful network of peers who will remain at the cutting edge of public policy, markets, society, and research for decades after completing their formal education. MGIMO has an outstanding post-Cold War record of preparing Russian and international students for the difficult missions of improving the quality of public administration and social services, strengthening markets, protecting the environment, and promoting peace in local communities and on the global scale. MGIMO draws upon the resources of the vibrant city of Moscow and has a global reach, with over 60,000 alumni in more than 70 countries and educational partners from London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, and Washington.

Today, our School offers three Bachelor programs taught and administered entirely in English:

  • BA in Government and International Affairs taught at MGIMO in Moscow;
  • BA in Politics and International Relations — a double degree program by MGIMO and University of Reading. Includes two years of study at MGIMO in Moscow and two years of study at Reading in the UK;
  • BA in Global Politics validated by MGIMO and taught at the Marbella International University Center (MUIC). Includes three years of study a MUIC in Marbella, Spain and a final year at MGIMO in Moscow.

Browse through the School website to learn about academics and student life at SGIA, its faculty and alumni careers. Whatever your career aspirations and vision for the future are, we will be glad to help you to achieve your goals.

Mikhail Troitskiy


SGIA Open Day Presentation, March 25, 2019 (in Russian)