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M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) reviews

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4.33 / 5 based on 129 reviews
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The best University in Russia, or is it so?
Yuliya G
Russia, Undergraduate
Journalism
Overall
I got the chance to enter the faculty of journalism of Lomonosov Moscow State University in the Russia's capital. 
This place visually resembles a castle, or as our students kindly call it, a Russian Hogwarts, yet inside it looks just like one of the metro stations, built somewhat in the 1960-s. Turns out, the outer look doesn't quite match what's inside. And I'm not only talking about the building...
Generally, the University promises you the great opportunities thrown at you, once you enter, because of its status and tough studying plan. Suddenly, it turns out the curriculum isn't so hard at all and the employers aren't impressed with your alma mater anymore. Well, it happens, but let's focus on the bright sides now! 

1) You feel the greatness - or what's left of it. 
The campus is truly magnificent, with the University's buildings located all across the Moscow. My faculty, especially, is located right in front of the Red Square, no jokes. Yet looks can be very deceptive. Russian education system really does need an improvement, including courses at the Faculty of Journalism (which focuses on writing) that does need more...writing, in fact. 

2) Networking built out of the brightest young minds of Russia. 
Yes, here you will find the best and the brightest broad-minded students, as the folks come all across the whole country (and even from abroad) to study in this University. Your new circle of friends will include kids, enrolled by winning the Olympiad, kids, whose parent are so rich, they could afford buying the whole Uni, and kids who study just as much as they party. 
Lots of variants, most likely, you'll meet and befriend them all. 

3) Status. Being the student of something that's still being considered "The best University in Russia" is very prestigious. Most of the time the alma mater's name speaks for itself, while you're applying for a job, and it's precious. Generally speaking, this Uni does gives you the feeling of satisfaction you made it to this place and you somewhat conquer it everyday by studying in it.
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Pros
Prestigious University
Cons
Studying plan needs an improvement
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Stefan B
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Vienna, Austria
Business Studies, Graduate, University Agreement
Overall
Personal recommendation
You should know Russian at an adequate level, you should be prepared for extreme bureaucracy, long winters and sometimes unfriendly people! But you can expect having a great time of your life if you cope with the characteristics of this special country!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
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Great theoretical knowledge, but lack of practical skills
Dmitrii P
Russia, Graduate
Sociology
Overall
The university is considered to be the most desirable and recognised place to study in Russia. 

The theoretical knowledge I have received is massive, which on the other hand, was not supported by decent amount of practical tasks. I got impression that the purpose of the studies were to raise a new generation of theoretically skilled persons who would eventually get PhD in sociology and build their careers in teaching.

The good thing about being a student there is that everyone has loads of opportunities for non-class activities, as to sports, volunteering, arts, workshops.

The university is orientated on technical disciplines.
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Pros
Good theoretical knowledge; broad variety of extracurricular activities
Cons
Lack of practical skills; conservative ways of teaching
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Great theoretical knowledge, but lack of practical skills
Dmitrii P
Russia, Graduate
Sociology
Overall
The university is considered to be the most desirable and recognised place to study in Russia. 

The theoretical knowledge I have received is massive, which on the other hand, was not supported by decent amount of practical tasks. I got impression that the purpose of the studies were to raise a new generation of theoretically skilled persons who would eventually get PhD in sociology and build their careers in teaching.

The good thing about being a student there is that everyone has loads of opportunities for non-class activities, as to sports, volunteering, arts, workshops.

The university is orientated on technical disciplines.
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Pros
Good theoretical knowledge; broad variety of extracurricular activities
Cons
Lack of practical skills; conservative ways of teaching
Jobs & internships
Germany
Internship, Engineering, German, English
Geneva, Switzerland
Translation, Russian, English, French
Moscow, Russia
Translation, Russian, English
Non profit, Government / Non Profit
ABOUT
The Lomonosov Moscow State University is the oldest university of Russia.
Moscow University was founded on 12 (25)th of January 1755 on Saint Tatyana's Day at the decree of the Empress Elizaveta Petrovna on the initiative of the great Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov. The day of Moscow University's foundation is celebrated as the Student's Day in Russia.
The Lomonosov Moscow State University is a self-governing university. Its Statute is worked out and confirmed by the Scientific Council.
Currently there are 22 faculties - of Mechanics and Mathematics, Calculational Mathematics and Cybernetics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Geography, Soil Science, Fundamental Medicine, History, Philology, Philosophy, Foreign Languages, Economics, Journalism, Law, Psychology, Sociology, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Institute of Public Administration and Social Studies, Higher College of Materials Sciences, Center for International Education.
In the last few years a number of rapidly evolving, quality branches of education have been set up in the University, preparing advanced specialists for trends in Russia and the work today. The result is the most extensive offering of post-graduate and post-doctoral courses in the country.
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Other names: Moscow State University
Homepage: www.msu.ru
Phone: +7095 939 3510 (Int'l Office)
Address: M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, A-812a, Main Building, Vorobjovy Gory, 119899, Moscow, Russia