Moscow Aviation Institute

General information




Research centers & labs
70 \5

Bachelor and Specialist degree programmes \international
25 \4

Master degree programme \international

Teaching staff
21000+ \1500+

Students \international
Foreign students from 80 countries study in MAI
Programs & Prices
Entrance tests & Deadlines
Admission rules
  • 1
    To collect a folder of required documents for admission: a copy of valid international passport, a copy of the document on graduation with transcript, a certificate of recognition, photograph (3 x 4 cm). All documents must be translated into Russian and notarized or consul-certified.
  • 2
    Entrance exams. The exams can be passed remotely (online) or in the candidate's personal presence (offline).
  • 3
    To pay tuition fees
  • 4
    Medical Certificate indicating the absence of HIV infection and contraindications to studying in the country
Russian student visa
Student visas in Russia are required for students from most foreign countries. Russia is not a member state of the EU/EFTA, so the EU visa-free entry privilege does not apply for European students. Required Documents for Study Visas in Russia:
  • 1
    A valid passport which will be valid for at least 18 months from the issue date of the visa and with at least two unmarked pages
  • 2
    An official invitation letter from your chosen university
  • 3
    Application form
  • 4
    A certificate showing your HIV-negative status no older than 90 days
  • 5
    A letter of consent from your parents and certified by a notary (if you're under 18)
  • 6
    Photograph 3.5x4.5 cm
This is the general list. Consult the Russian Embassy or Consulate in your country.
Living costs (prices for Moscow)
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  • MAI has been selected among the top 400 universities in the world, and among the Russian universities listed in the top 25 in the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020.
  • RAEX Ranking Agency: MAI entered top-25 in National Universities Rankings; was awarded a diploma in the nomination Development of International Integration; took the 15th place in the nomination "The Relevance of Graduates by Employers"
  • MAI was included in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 edition into the list of top-25 Russian Universities.
  • In inventive activity rankings from Expert Analytical Center MAI has taken 3rd position.
  • MAI entered the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Engineering & Technology 2020, being ranked Top-30 in Russia.
  • MAI is in the list of top-10 Russian Universities by Forbes elite factor.
  • Since the establishment of both rankings MAI has been included in QS BRICS University Rankings and QS EECA University Rankings, now being listed among top-40 Russian Universities.
  • According to popular headhunting portal Superjob MAI has got into the list of top-10 Russian technical Universities by alumni employability.
About MAI & International cooperation & Educational process
Moscow aviation institute was founded in 1930 and is one of the world's oldest aviation institutes.

MAI currently has over 20,000 students, making it Russia's second largest institute in terms of enrollment. Working in scientific and technological corporations such as Roscosmos, Rostec, Sukhoi, Irkut allows MAI students to gain practical skills in addition to in-depth theoretical knowledge.

The "Alferevo" training and aviation base is one of MAI's distinctive features. MAI students learn the art of aircraft piloting as well as the intricacies of aircraft design creation during a month of intensive training. This unique learning experience benefits both pilots and design engineers.

The Moscow Aviation Institute is consistently ranked first among Moscow and Russian Federation universities and institutes. In 2022 MAI was ranked 16th among Moscow universities and 33rd overall in Russia.
The 11 departments of MAI are all equipped with cutting-edge technology. The MAI laboratories have 3D printing machines, industrial robot manipulators, a site for the production of printed circuit boards, a site for the assembly of electronic modules, a special area for testing your inventions, and computer and training classes.

Applicants can enroll in one of several English-only MAI programs. Bachelor's and master's degree programs include Aircraft Engineering, Spacecraft Engineering, Control Systems and Computer Science in Engineering, and Propulsion Engineering. Training costs $ 6,000 in English-language programs and $ 4,400 in Russian-speaking programs.

At Moscow Aviation Institute, you will receive one of the best technical educations in Russia and the world, and you will be able to practice in the largest engineering or IT organizations, gain experience, and become a sought-after specialist in your field.

And we, Global Education Russia, MAI's official partner, will assist you in your endeavors.
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