The MGIMO School of Government and International Affairs

Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Affairs


Taught at MGIMO in Moscow over four years, this program offers a unique multidisciplinary curriculum that covers the most important approaches to understanding the social and political phenomena around us and develops analytical and practical skills essential for success in a broad variety of jobs and career trajectories. The program also stands out for its intensive language training — students are expected to reach B2/C1 proficiency levels in two foreign languages aside from English — and for the access that students enjoy to the Russian and international decision makers at MGIMO — Russia’s main venue for academic and policy discussion of international politics and the country’s international relations. 

Program’s faculty — MGIMO’s own leading teachers, other top-notch Moscow-based experts, and visiting professors — hold advanced degrees from the world’s renowned universities and have significant international exposure. Our faculty members are best positioned to deliver conceptual insights into and cutting-edge analysis of a whole gamut of issues — from conflicts in Eurasia to climate change and from decision making psychology to negotiation and conflict resolution. While the program is designed as a gateway to Russian politics, culture, and business, its aperture is broad enough, so that almost no pressing global issue is left out of focus. We train our international students to proficiency in the Russian language and at the same time work hard to develop their soft skills, such as leadership and entrepreneurship.

The main admission requirement for this program is fluency in the English language (C1/C2) that allows comfortably to study sophisticated subject matter in English from day one. We therefore consider high school education in English, including IB, as a pre-requisite for enrolment into this program. Prospective students holding Russian high school diplomas are invited to apply to the Double Degree MGIMO – Reading University BA Program in Politics and International Relations.