MGIMO University at Odintsovo launches an innovative English language Bachelor’s Degree Program “Intercultural Communication: Russia’s History & Culture”.

Одинцовский кампус МГИМО открывает набор на инновационную бакалаврскую программу на английском языке “Межкультурные коммуникации: история и культура России”.



Moscow State Institute Of International Relations, MGIMO ODINTSOVO

General Information

MGIMO University campus at Odintsovo is located in the prestigious Moscow suburban area «Rublevka». This is the area of choice for the President of Russia and most of the Federal ministers. Located at a 25 kilometer distance from the Red Square, the new campus is noted for healthy country-side environment and an efficient transportation system bringing you to downtown Moscow in half an hour.

This fall MGIMO University at Odintsovo is glad to launch a new undergraduate program «Intercultural Communication: Russia’s History & Culture».


Russia is back. Russian growing political clout triggers a new wave of interest among professionals and common people alike. Many are getting curious about Russian history and culture both fascinating and dramatic. Let’s be clear, we are witnessing the debate about the origin of Russian state, its role and impact on the world. Some of the greatest tipping points of Russian history, like the origin of Kievan Rus, arrival of Varangians, the Christianization of Kievan Rus in 988, and the disintegration of the country that led to Mongol invasion in 1240s are under discussion. The 15century saw the establishment of Grand Principality of Moscow. The country increasingly stretched both to the West and East, including the Volga river basin, Siberia, and later the Far East, Central Asia and the Caucasus. With the nineteen century Russia is becoming the largest country. These turning points in Russian history are of particular interest. It would be impossible to convey any idea of the country without a glimpse at its literature, music, arts and ballet. The October Revolution in 1917 drastically changed Russian economic and cultural landscape. The industrialization drive transformed once a primarily agrarian country into a powerful state with thriving science and technology. The World War II was a major trial for the new Russia. Suffering huge human losses the country emerged victorious and turned into a superpower. Russia conquered the largest lands and sent the first human into space. Literature and religion provided a counterbalance to daily challenges. Questions arise. What is next for the ancient country looking into the future? Will Russia go back to its historical and cultural origins? Will it again test itself to the limits for a greater cause? In what way will Russia impact humanity?

MGIMO University program “Intercultural Communication: Russia’s History & Culture” will provide answers to many of these questions. We are aware that mastering a language is crucial if one wants to grasp the peculiarities of Russian culture and civilization. This is the reason why part of the Baccalaureate Program will be conducted in English with an intensive Russian language course. Graduates will use the Russian language for in-depth study of the Russian history and culture.

Who should enroll in the Program? The answer is simple. The Program may be of interest to those who are curious about Russia, its language, history, culture, ethnical diversity, foreign and domestic policy, political system, law and economy. Those who would like to develop competences in cross cultural communication and become professionals in the field will find the program especially helpful. And what is the best place to get hands-on knowledge of Russia and unique educational experience? Consider MGIMO University program «Intercultural Communication: Russia’s History & Culture».
Make the right choice with MGIMO University “Intercultural Communications: Russia’s History & Culture”. A wise man once said: …. if you want to gain knowledge, go to a place where it lives….. Visit MGIMO University at Odintsovo to get this feeling of an ancient culture and a country looking forward. Make no mistake, our unrivalled pool of professors and staff will help you have a once in a life-time learning experience at MGIMO at Odintsovo. Right in the heartland of Russia, Odintsovo is a perfect place to get acquainted with “…an enigma wrapped in mystery…”
An idea has been crystallized for a Russian studies degree that engages with the contemporary world, rather than the classical and medieval ones which are preoccupations of universities worldwide.

Our Curriculum

As undergraduates you will choose among the wide variety of courses and pursue interdisciplinary certified programs. Our approach is simple – give students tons of opportunities to immerse into a discipline of choice. Literary! Never dull or repetitive, classes at MGIMO University at Odintsovo are designed to make a difference.

Each course is a balanced combination of practical training and theory delivered by experts in a specific field. Case studies and master classes by prominent business people and politicians go hand in glove with traditional lectures.

Economy and politics of Russia, the foreign language, culture and history are all intertwined in a seamless blend of expertise of Intercultural Communications. Bachelor’s degree will prepare you for careers in public life and professional practice.

The study of Russia’s history and culture provides a though understanding of the country’s realties, policy and economy.

The course duration is 3 years and the degree awarded is a BA.


First & Second Years (all courses are taught in English)
You take compulsory core courses along with optional courses.

Core Modules

• «The Russian Language»
• «The History of Russia»
• «The Culture of Russia: Architecture, Fine Art, Theatre & Ballet»
• «Russia in the World Economy»
• «Russia in the Global Policy»

Optional Courses

A variety of optional courses is available at MGIMO Odintsovo
• «Modern Russian Government and Politics»
• «History and Politics of the USSR»
• «Russia’s International Relations in the Cold War»

Some of these options stay the same from year to year, whilst others are replaced or withdrawn depending on the availability of academics with relevant specialisms.

Third Year (courses are taught in Russian)
• «History of Russia in 18-21 century»
• «Russian Law, State and Legal Culture»
• «Russian Literature in 19-20 Centuries»
• «Russian philosophy»

Upon completion of the program you may want to further your qualifications in one of MGIMO master’s programs.

The courses are assessed by a written and oral examination before winter break and at the end of the year. Besides, students write a Thesis on core courses each spring before summer break and a Supervised Dissertation in the last year.


MGIMO University at Odintsovo offers a wide range of subjects covering Russia:
• Russian literature and Culture
• Economics and business
• History
• Philosophy and Ethics
• The Russian language
• Government, Politics and Policy

Day in and day out our students enjoy a deep and meaningful academic dialogue crucial to the Russian tradition of comprehensive education. Each course brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding Russia, developing skills useful for a whole range of careers and activities.

Studying Russia’s History & Culture you will develop analytical ability to understand the present and the past of this half European, half Asian country. It will explain the choices, examine the concepts and values and look at what is next for Russia. How classic Russian literature impacts the way of thinking of the world’s biggest country? Is Russia an emerging economy or a frontier one? Has the Russian language changed after a decade of post-Soviet economic and political turmoil? Throughout the 3 year course students compose essays to present at weekly tutorials, take frequent rounds of exams and attempt to understand topics from the role of Ivan the Terrible in Russian history to Idioms used by Russian Leaders among others. You will discuss contemporary history, policy or economy issue in every term.

We provide an intensive multi-disciplinary training in the Russian language - 18 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, psychology of ethnic relations in Russia, Russian political culture, key political trends and conflicts.

The program 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.

MGIMO UNIVERSITY “Intercultural Communications: Russia’s History & Culture” is a highly flexible degree allowing you to shape your career and activities through it. You can explore a variety of disciplines under the overarching History and Culture – for example you can specialize in Russian politics in economy.

As a graduate you end up with a broad sense of Russian history and culture


Mgimo University at Odintsovo faculty brings into the classroom extensive scholarship and real world experience. Former politicians, diplomats, businesspeople and experts in other professional fields share with students their knowledge to help them become goldmines of information for all things Russian. Our faculty members are well versed in Russian traditions and mentality


What’s a day in the life like for a Mgimo University at Odintsovo student? Check out concerts, dance, plays and speakers on campus. Try Russian cuisine, kick a soccer ball in the field and get a glimpse of the life of an ordinary Russian family.

Visit museums, theaters, concert halls famous landmarks and monuments, participate in many student clubs and organizations.


Mgimo University at Odintsovo offers second to none resources to support students. We are glad to provide computing facilities to help you with your academic work. The library provides academic resources and spaces for study. We have outstanding sports facilities including 12 specialized gyms and a 25-meter swimming pool.

Career Opportunities

Our B.A. program 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
• Think tank Analyst
• Political Strategist
• Political and Business Information Analyst
• Linguist

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 program 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: 750 000 RUR. It includes tuition, accommodation at MGIMO Hotel (see the website), free use of sports facilities, and ten day-long “field trips”- bus study excursions to major historical and cultural sites in Moscow and suburbs.

Deadline for application: July 15th, 2017.

How to submit an application?

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