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MGIMO University

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3.74 / 5 based on 46 reviews
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Emma D
University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
Language, Undergraduate, University arranged
Overall
I wish I had known...
I wish I had been more aware of the different standard of living so it was not such a shock.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
2
Campus life
1
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
I found it to be a positive experience but my experience was largely organised by my home university so I cannot really comment on the courses in general. The course I attended was very helpful and the teachers were very willing to help and were very understanding.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Be prepared for big temperature variations. Moscow can seem quite hostile if you don't make the effort. Be prepared for a very different way of life. Life in Russia is not the same as in Western Europe.
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Joćo F
Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal
Language, Undergraduate, Independent
Overall
I wish I had known...
Yes, I wished i knew some more about the temperament of the russian people.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
1
Party / people
3
Weather / location
2
Personal recommendation
This is the University which graduates most of the Russian governmental diplomatic staff. I guess this tells a lot...
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
Above all, it's very useful to have a basic knowledge in Russian. And people who choose to go to Russia must be aware os the following: it's not easy to interact with a Russian; in general, they're not friendly peolple. It's necessary to be conscient that making friends there is not an easy task, although some positive differences are noticable between teenagers when compared to adults.
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Different from the european system
Annie A
Russia, Undergraduate
International Relations
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After completing one year in MGIMO, in the School of International Relations and Affairs, I can sum up my experience and thought with one word: different, different from the european (french) educational system I am used to. Unlike in european universities, my faculty offers a wide range of subjects, a good amount of them having not much to do with my specialization, which can be both good (I have discovered a passion for marketing) and bad (if I have chosen to study social sciences, it is not because I like algebra). The most difficult thing to embrace for me stays the mentality of the people and atmosphere that this university is overwhelmed with.
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Pros
A very international faculty
Cons
Give us the right to choose any language we like out of the vast choice they have, instead of imposing it
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3,5 years of theory and half of a practice
Dmitry C
Russia, Graduate
Public Relations / Publicity / Advertising
Overall
I spent 4 years in Moscow State Institute of International Relations University studying on the faculty of Journalism, Public relation and advertising department. What i appreciated a lot: during my studies i spent 0.5 of the year in Portugal, University of Minho and during 4th year we made our own PR-award

P.S. First student PR-award in Russia.
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Pros
Wide field of studies: in addition to PR, advertising, branding etc i learnt law, economics, history and politics.
Cons
A lack of practice
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MGIMO world school
stanley C
Russia, Graduate
Political Science
Overall
MGIMO is a quality school, recognize all over the world, and especially in the post-soviet space. 
Our classes are focus on the study of the post-soviet space, with a Russian point of view, which is very important because it's allowed the student to understand both, their country and Russian views. 
It's something very important, because this lake of knowledge about Russia and post soviet areas, often leads to failed negotiation, in politics as in business. 
++ We study in an international master's program of 2 years, with a student from all around the world, most of them will work in diplomacy, embassy, politics, and international companies, this network is a real asset for the future. 
MGIMO it's also well known for being the school of the future elites of Russia, something that might be also very useful in the future.
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Pros
Understanding of russian world, + Network
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The curriculum is pretty well, but there are some teachers that does not know the subject they teach.
Dmitrii B
Russia, Undergraduate
Management Science
Overall
It is the best university among others in Russia. But sometimes it is difficult to communicate with other students because most of them belongs to elite and they always try to flaunt themselves.
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Pros
Good place to enhance English language and management skills
Cons
Old-fashioned building, some teachers are not good.
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