Moscow Aviation Institute
is the only university in Russia that has a certificate of aeronautical engineering developer
General information
1930

Founded
3

Schools
5

Branches
140+

Research centers & labs
70 \5

Bachelor and Specialist degree programmes \international
25 \4

Master degree programme \international
2500+

Teaching staff
21000+ \1500+

Students \international
Foreign students from 69 countries study in MAI
Programs & Prices
Pre-University foundation
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Entrance tests & Deadlines
Pre-University foundation
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Admission rules
1
Scan of passport and legalized certificate of complete higher secondary education
(with academic transcript)
2
Notarized translation of passport and educational documents in Russian Consulate
3
Certificate of Recognition
4
Pre-payment
5
Medical Certificate
(Confirming the Candidate is Not Suffering From Any Disease That Could Be Threat to General Public's Health)
Visa rules
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.
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Achievements
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 university & International cooperation & Educational process
Moscow Aviation Institute founded in 1930 is one of several major engineering higher education establishments in Moscow. Nowadays, Moscow Aviation Institute is the leading Russian high-tech university, training the global elite of engineering staff for the aviation, missile and space industries.

The University has its focus on the development of areas such as Aircraft, Space and Energy systems, IT, new materials and production technologies, the multifaceted use of aerospace and digital technologies.Works on design and construction of different types of aircrafts and engines were carried out in MAI constantly. In MAI they designed more than 200 types of aircrafts and aircraft engines, including: 26 planes, 25 rotary-wing aircrafts, 24 aircraft frames, 30 hang gliders and trikes, 29 remotely piloted aircrafts, 12 artificial earth satellites and space crafts, 6 lighter-than-air aircrafts (airships, balloons, etc.), 11 flapping wing aircrafts, 10 underwater research vehicles, 44 aircraft engines. Lightweight aerobatic plane Kvant designed by the student design bureau and built in MAI experimental manufacturing workshop set five world records (in 70-80ies).

Moscow Aviation University is the only university in Russia that has a certificate of aeronautical engineering developer. Such fact confirms the highest level of professional competence of its employees.

Since the foundation of MAI, more than 175 000 professionals have graduated. More than 70% of MAI graduates work for industry-based corporations. MAI holds the record among universities in the number of graduates who have become space and test pilots. There are 23 pilot-cosmonauts who spent more than 15 years performing space missions. 65 spacewalks were carried out. Many MAI graduates are currently working as cosmonauts.
MAI is constantly in touch with industry and takes part in all major projects of its partners. More than 17 000 foreign students have graduated from MAI. More than 80 cooperation contracts were signed. MAI takes part in major international associations such as the CDIO, ASRTU, Pegasus, ICAS, IAF. MAI collaborates with Russian and foreign corporations and organizations such as the United Aircraft Corporation, the state corporations "Roscosmos" and "Rostec", COMAC, Safran, ENAC, BrahMos Aerospace, HAL, and others. The university has contracts with education institutions from the countries of South East Asia (Malaysia, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of Korea, and others), India, China, Egypt, Mexico, Brazil, Angola etc. MAI carries out unique joint education programs to train an engineering team for the new Russian-Chinese wide-body long-haul aircraft development project.MAI runs 7 double-diploma projects with leading high-tech universities of China.

Alumni of the institute form the backbone of many companies like Sukhoi, Mikoyan, Ilyushin, Tupolev, Yakovlev, Beriev, Myasishchev, Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, OAO S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Lavochkin, Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau, Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, NPO Energomash, Almaz-Antey and others.

University had 175 000 + graduate alumni, 250 of whom chief designers, heads of main industry-based organizations, 23 cosmonauts (Valeri Kubasov, Vladislav Volkov,Gennadi Manakov, Musa Manarov, Viktor Afanasyev, Mikhail Kornienko), 150 honored test pilots, heroes of Russia, 300 honored state figures and heads of economic institution, ambassadors (Anatoly Dobrynin,Nikolay Firyubin,Leonid Zamyatin, Mikhail Smirnovsky), business top-level representatives, 17 rectors of higher educational institutions.
Why is Russia more suitable for higher education?
Optimum Ratio of Price and Quality of Education
Self-funded study is much cheaper at Russian universities than the equivalent in the USA, Canada and the UK, and in terms of the level of training provided, leading Russian universities compete on par with educational institutions in the West.
Safe and convenient living environment for foreign student
Russia is a safe country – also on an international scale. The police are reliable and help you in every situation. Whether you live in a big city or in the country, you can move freely day or night without having to take any special precautions.
A Wide Range of Universities and Study Programmes
766 universities in 82 regions of the country, from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok; 205 fields, from mathematics and natural sciences to the dramatic arts; 657 subjects in Bachelor's, Master's, Specialist and Postgraduate Programmes (medical traineeships, postgraduate military courses), and internships and assistantships.
Get education in the country with the dazzling culture
Russia has given the world many great writers, poets, philosophers, composers, artists and musicians: Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Feodor Dostoyevsky, Nikolai Rerikh, Sergey Rakhmaninov, Boris Pasternak, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergey Eisenstein, Mstislav Rostropovich... Literature, ballet, classical music, architecture, painting, theatre and cinema: this is how Russia wins the hearts of people the world over.
Many programmes are available in English
The most popular programmes are: General medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary science are available in English at Sechenov University and RUDN. Many other programmes are available in English at other universities in Russia: engineering, technical and humanitarian.
Well-developed infrastructure
In Russia, there are many cities with well-developed infrastructure, high level of hotel quality service and highly-developed public transport. Russia became one of the twenty most attractive counties for foreign students.
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