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Academic mobility and international experience

The development of international cooperation and partnership with over 700 leading universities and research centers in 70 countries) gives to MSU students a valuable opportunity to gain a diverse international experience. As part of cooperation agreements with foreign partners, 500+ MSU students head off to partner universities annually, and the same number of foreign students comes to Moscow State University within the incoming and outgoing academic mobility programs:

Incoming academic mobility:
Information for incoming exchange and visiting students
Information for partner universities

Outgoing academic mobility:
Information for MSU students

Participation in international academic mobility programs allows students to expand their academic and cultural horizons, get acquainted with international education systems, gain experience in intercultural communication, and increase their competitiveness in the world labor market. Moscow University is constantly developing its partner network, implementing a wide range of various forms of international cooperation. Thus, MSU takes an active part in the Erasmus+ international academic mobility program within the agreements with over 35 universities in Austria, the UK, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey. MSU participates in the FIRST+ (Finnish-Russian Student and Teacher Exchange Program), the purpose of which is to develop and support student exchanges between Russia and Finland. Over the past three years, more than 60 students and 70 faculty representatives have taken part in the Erasmus+ and FIRST+ academic mobility programs. Besides, MSU students can participate in German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship programs and STEPS mobility program, which enables the students to visit the University of Tokyo for a period of one to three months to complete a study or passing a scientific internship under the guidance of University of Tokyo teaching staff. In collaboration with the Macquarie University (Australia) MSU implements the Cotutelle program, which provides the joint academic supervision of dissertation research. Besides, postgraduate students can participate in the Yale University program Fox International Fellowship, working on dissertation thesis at a partner university for a year.

MSU students can travel to short-term language courses to the target language countries or to participate in summer schools with the support of partner universities in Germany or within the intergovernmental programs in Belgium, Norway and other countries.

One of today’s priorities of MSU is the development of joint educational programs with foreign partners: George Mason University (USA), Jönköping International Business School (Sweden), University of St. Andrews (UK), University of Reading (UK), Gumilev Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan), University of Primorska (Slovenia), and others.

With the objective to implement joint integrated international educational projects and to contribute to students’ international experience, MSU in collaboration with its foreign partners have created Russian-German Institute of Science and Culture, French University College, the Confucius Institute, International Center for Korean Studies of the Institute of Asian and African Countries, the Center for Ibero-Roman Studies and others that successfully function in the structure of Moscow University.

Mailing address:

Department for Internationalization Development
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Leninskie Gory, 1, sector «А», room 911
119991, Moscow, Russian Federation
E-mail: international@rector.msu.ru