BA in Russian Cultural Studies and Cross-Cultural Communication

Moscow State Institute Of International Relations, MGIMO
Odintsovo Campus
Department of Linguistics and Cross-Cultural Communication

General Information
The Department offers a Bachelor’s Degree Course in line with the Russian Federal Standard and MGIMO Standard of Higher Education in «Linguistics». The program has two possible tracks:
* One option is for students who desire to major in Russian/ British / American Studies and Linguistics and want to do a full-term study course:
their individual schedule will be merged with the program "Translation/Interpreting and Cross-Cultural Communication". The Program duration is 4 years.
* The other option is to take a Semester Module in Russian Studies and select Classes from the Curriculum on Russian Studies and Cross-Cultural Communication.
For both cases an immersion approach applies. We guarantee direct contact with Russian native speakers, Russian culture and everyday life. Students will constantly participate in the same Telebridges, English Club meetings, Classes and Events with their Russian-speaking friends which will facilitate cross-cultural communication and promote a better understating of Russian culture and language on a person to person level.
Classes commence in September 2019.


The program is designed to prepare future professionals in Russian Culture, History and Area Studies capable to communicate effectively in a cross-cultural environment in the changing world.
Starting their studies in English, students gradually acquire profound knowledge of the Russian language which becomes a key to the first-hand understanding of the country’s culture and values.
Linguistic terminology and specific language skills acquired by our students enable them to easily analyze and create professional and media texts, read “behind the lines” and deduce culturally marked background information.


English speaking students are invited to apply for the program, where they will gain skills to overcome cross cultural barriers and advance their knowledge in the field of Russian studies through learning and practical usage of the Russian language.
MGIMO graduates are sought by employers internationally and the career prospects for a successful B.A. student at MGIMO are excellent. Among them:

  • Expert on Russia Area Studies
  • Cultural Consultant /Communicator /Negotiator
  • Linguistic Analyst in Professional and Media Discourse
  • Cross-Cultural Communication Manager
  • Translator / Interpreter
  • Russian Language and Culture Instructor

The program graduates can work in business, government or industries as experts on Russian Area Studies, Culture and History. They can also specialize in translation and interpreting or teaching Russian as a foreign language. Research in Linguistics or Guiding Business are also the options. Internship is organized with MGIMO partners that function in banking, Oil and Gas, government and culture sectors.

Upon graduation students are expected to be proficient in at least one foreign language other than Russian and their native tongue.

B.A. graduates may apply to join MGIMO graduate programs taught in English, dual-degree M.A. programs, or a wide variety of M.A. programs at MGIMO University or other Russian universities taught in Russian.




The Campus is situated to the West of Moscow, near Rublevka area, 35 min drive from the Center of Moscow in the ecologically friendly environment with a developed infrastructure. The outstanding most modern facilities of the Campus include an innovative Sports Complex and the Hotel.


Russian Area Studies and Cross-cultural Communication
Russian History and Culture/Arts
Teaching Russian to the Speakers of Other Languages
Interpreting and Translation


Our students benefit from unique opportunities of the original Tele-Communicative Projects Tasks they receive as a number of courses are taught jointly by MGIMO University and University of Georgia (USA) professors in accordance with the Cooperation Agreement between MGIMO and University of Georgia (UGA).

The course duration is either 4 years (the degree awarded is a BA) or 1 Semester (you get a MGIMO Certificate) - on your choice.

The course is multi-disciplinary, practical and global, exposing its students to cutting-edge interpretations of the current international trends in Russian Area Studies, Linguistics and Cross-Cultural Communication.


Our tutors and lecturers are experienced in participating and implementing academic and cultural exchange programs, lecturing at Russian, American and British Universities.

University of Georgia and other visiting professors are also involved in design and teaching of the Russian Cultural Studies program.

Former politicians, diplomats, businesspeople and experts in other professional fields share with students their knowledge.

The Program brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding modern tendencies in Area Studies and Linguistics. It gives a spectrum of opinions on Russian Cultural Studies, Interpreting and Translation, Russian Foreign Policy etc., with a curriculum drawn from across the University’s divisions.


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