Institute of Russian Language and Culture Lomonosov Moscow
State University
More than 10 000 foreign students, graduate students, interns from 90 countries annually visit Moscow State University for the purpose of training and participation in joint scientific programs
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Foreign students from 68 countries study in MSMU
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.
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  • MSU seeks to develop cooperation with representatives of scientific and academic communities, universities, public organizations around the world
  • About 2 500 students study in the foreign branches of Moscow University in Astana (Kazakhstan), Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Baku (Azerbaijan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Yerevan (Armenia), Koper (Slovenia).
  • More than 300 undergraduate and graduate students study at MSU-BIT University in Shenzhen (China), established jointly by Moscow State University and the Beijing Institute of Technology in 2017.
  • There have been 11 Nobel Prize winners among its professors and alumni, out of 18 Russians who have received the prestigious prize so far.
  • The status of champion and winner of the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and Deaflympic Games, world champion, European champion, people who won first place in the World Championships, European Championships in sports included in the programs of the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and Deaflympics, the presence of a gold sign distinctions of the All-Russian physical culture and sports complex "Ready for Labor and Defense" (TRP) and the established standard certificate for it.
  • Since 1946, when the first international students were admitted, over 11,000 highly qualified specialists have been trained at MSU for 150 countries. Over 2,000 undergraduate and post-graduate students enroll every year, with over 400 students in the Russian / University intensive preparation programs.
  • MSU scientists have been awarded various Soviet and Russian prizes for their achievements, among them 60 Lenin Prizes and 120 State Prizes, over 40 MSU scientists having received the State Prizes over the last decade.
  • Number 1 university in Russia
About university & International cooperation & Educational process
Moscow State University is a major traditional educational institution in Russia, it offers training in almost all branches of modern science and humanities. Its undergraduates may choose one of 128 qualifications in its 39 faculties, while post-graduate students may specialize in 18 branches of science and humanities and in 168 different areas.

The total number of MSU students exceeds 40,000; besides, about 10,000 high school students attend various clubs and courses at MSU. Various kinds of academic courses and research work are conducted at MSU Museums, affiliated subdivisions in various locations in Russia, on board scientific ships etc.

Among those who teach and do research at MSU there are 2,500 higher doctoral degree holders and almost 6,000 holders of candidate degrees, the total number of professors and instructors being about 5,000; there are over 300 full members and correspondent members of he Russian Academy of Sciences and other academies.. About 4,500 scientists and scholars are currently involved in 350 research projects in various fields. A number of new faculties, departments and research laboratories have been recently established, new academic programs are being continuously introduced together with new curricula; there are over 140 distance learning programs. Research has recently started in 30 new interdisciplinary areas.

In the 60 years of its existence (as the MSU Pre-University Deaprtment for Foreign Citizens, the MSU Centre of International Education and the MSU Institute of Russian Language and Culture), the IRLC has accumulated extensive experience and acquired a strong reputation in the international education market.
Students from Eton College (UK) and the University of Bergamo (Italy) and the University of Naples Federico II (Italy) regularly come to study with us. Employees of the embassies of France, the United Kingdom, Libya, the United Arab Emirates, Angola, India and other countries are trained at the Centre on a regular basis. MSU collaborates with the Eurasian University Association and has links with about 60 educational institutions, centers, unions, and universities in Europe, the USA, Japan, China and some other Asian countries, in Australia, Latin America, Arab countries. 5 MSU branch campuses have been opened in the former Soviet republics.

This programme is designed for those who wish to enter one of the faculties at the MSU or to prepare themselves for undergraduate or postgraduate studies. The programme includes: General Russian Language course; Russian for Academic Purposes course; Courses for subjects in the humanities and sciences. Class sizes are kept small. Groups consist of no more than 10 students in the Russian language classes and no more than 20 students in the classes in other subjects.

Academic curriculum includes lessons five days a week, 6-8 academic hours per day. The course could be one academic year (two semesters) or one and a half academic years (three semesters). At the end of academic year the students take exams in Russian and subjects of their specialization. After passing the course examinations, students receive corresponding certificates. These allow them to enroll in one of the main faculties of the MSU according to their specialization.
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