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ADMISSION

We welcome applications from students with a wide range of backgrounds who want to develop their skills in Russian Studies and are passionate about Russian culture and history.

Deadline for application is July 15th, 2017.

Age requirements: admission to MGIMO University is based upon academic merit and potential. MGIMO bears the responsibility for safeguarding children under Russian laws, so a parent/custodian will be notified of an offer of admission made to anyone less than 18 years of age at the time of registration as a MGIMO student.

OUR ACADEMIC AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

1.Evidence of the English Language proficiency for applicants whose first language is not English. We require a IELTS of 7 and 6.5 minimum in every category, or a TOEFL score of 100, or better.
Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade A;
Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade B;
International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English;
European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English;
Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English.
We also recognize the value of practical experience, so please talk to us if you do not meet the academic criteria above as each application is judged on its merits.
2. Evidence of academic qualifications: detailed academic transcripts showing grades;
3. A 2 page CV;
4. Personal Statement (Motivation Letter);
5. Academic and/or professional references.

Documents should be submitted by e-mail on s.vasilev@odin.mgimo.ru or msp@odin.mgimo.ru. There is no application fee.
We are accepting applications for September 2017 entry. If you have any problems with the online process, please contact us on +7 (495) 661-7133

HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?

Please follow these rules:
1. Contact ONLY us using these e-mail addresses: s.vasilev@odin.mgimo.ru or msp@odin.mgimo.ru. In the "Message Subject" field please write "Application" and the candidate's family name.
2. Indicate how we should address you in your message (name, surname). If you are represented by another person, the degree of relationship shall be mentioned.
3. Attached files must be in the MS Word (DOC) or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) formats.
4. Attached scans and/or pictures must be in PDF or JPG formats.
5. Please choose an appropriate name for each attached file (for example: diploma, CV, transcript, etc.).
6. Do not send us your documents by regular mail and never send us originals since we won’t be be able to return them to you. Only high-quality scans should be e-mailed to us.
7. Please be informed that processing your inquiries usually requires from 5 to 15 working days. We will get back to you promptly if any updates regarding the status of your application will be necessary.
8. Submit your application well before the deadline.
9. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be allowed to modify it. Nevertheless, you can submit your application materials in batches, but make sure that we receive the last batch prior the deadline. If your application is not complete by the deadline and/or submitted after the deadline, we will be unable to process it.

MORE ABOUT THE DOCUMENTS ATTACHED TO YOUR APPLICATION:

High school diploma and/or leaving examination certificate(s), if you already have received it. If not, you will need to send it to us as soon as you receive it from your school. Once admitted, you will have to present the originals of these documents during registration as a MGIMO student and undertake (1) notarial certification of the translation of your application documents into the Russian language and (2) nostrification, or approval of your documents by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The University will provide all the necessary assistance to pass these procedures smoothly. Please note that the nostrification procedure is not necessary for citizens of the countries that have signed agreements on recognition and equivalence of diplomas with the Russian Federation (please click here to download the list of these countries), though additional conditions may apply based on a particular treaty.
Photo of an applicant (at least 300 dpi; by e-mail). ATTENTION: eight printed photos 3x4 cm (matte with white background only; black & white or color) shall be submitted upon your admission and arrival at our Campus.
CV/Résumé (no specific template to follow).
Motivation letter (personal statement) shall be written in the English Language: no more than 1000 words outlining why you are a suitable applicant and how the degree will help your professional development.
Academic and/or professional references (at least two). Please do not collect references yourself. Provide us with names, e-mail addresses, and other contact information of your referees, and we shall reach out to them separately. Please ask your referees to prepare reference letters so that we could collect them on a short notice.
English language test certificate for applicants whose first language is not English. We require a IELTS of 7 and 6.5 minimum in every category, or a TOEFL score of 100, or better. Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade A; Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade B; International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English; European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English; Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English.
Photocopy of your ID: passport or ID card.
Electronic application form.

Why does MGIMO need my motivation letter?

We ask applicants to submit a motivation letter because of the high level of competition for admission to MGIMO and to this Program. The content of your motivation letter is therefore a major source of information for our decision-making process. Reviewing your application documents, we want to make sure that your motivation is sufficient for taking this course and that you will benefit from it.

How to write a motivation letter?

The motivation letter shall be written in English. It should reflect your personal writing style and demonstrate your interest in acquiring professional knowledge in the field of Russian culture and history.
In a paper of 1,000 words you are required to explain what made you choose MGIMO and this course, what circumstances in your life have defined this choice, how you will benefit from it and how it fits your career development plans.
You may also want to demonstrate your interest in the chosen study program by linking it to your own experiences. These might be summer jobs, extracurricular activities, books, travel, personal links, employment, internships, etc.

How to choose a referee?

References supporting your application are very important to us, so you should take special care when choosing your referees. Choose someone who knows you well and who can evaluate your skills and personal qualities, regardless of his/her position or title.
It is important that your referees have had a chance to assess your work (in particular, written work) and that they are able to be both impartial and precise. Please note that your referees should not be personal contacts, but rather teachers or hierarchical superiors.
If your referees are teachers, choose those who have taught the main disciplines you have studied and/or disciplines that are similar to those taught in our Program. Make sure that the persons you choose will give a positive reference: take the time to meet with them in order to explain your motivation and the reasons behind your choice of study program. Take this opportunity to remind them of the strong elements of your personality or of your experience that you would like them to focus on in the reference letter. Don’t forget to mention your communication, leadership and other skills.

Advice for referees

Please, be quided dy the following questions writing your reference letter:
1. In what capacity do you know the applicant? For how many years have you known the applicant?
2. What are the applicant's key strengths and talents?
3. What are the applicant's key weaknesses or areas for improvement?
4. In what areas did the applicant make progress during the time that you know him/her?
5. Would you hire or work with the applicant after he/she has completed our Program?

IMPOERTANT NOTES

All e-mail letters from MGIMO related to your admission should be e-mailed from the following addresses: s.vasilev@odin.mgimo.ru or msp@odin.mgimo.ru.

Make sure they avoid your spam folder.

The professional referees you indicate will be contacted within 10 working days following your submission;

Offical language for communication shall be English or Russian.