The undergraduate program in international economics and finance is unique in the Russian education market. Special attention is paid to the activities of international economic organizations and transnational business. Students have the opportunity to get acquainted with their activities in practice, and their current employees are involved in teaching a number of disciplines.
The program is implemented in English and opens up wide opportunities for continuing studies both in Russia and abroad, including international programs.
Dean of the MGIMO International Economic Relations School
Fundamental economic education and excellent knowledge of foreign languages, combined with practical skills in international economics and finance, provide a competitive advantage for graduates of the Program in a specialization that is in demand on the labor market.
Leading specialists from Russia, Switzerland and Europe, employees of international organizations, top managers and entrepreneurs are involved in the teaching process. Students daily gain knowledge and communicate with outstanding professionals who have high qualifications and extensive practical experience.
Upon successful completion of the Program and the curriculum, graduates receive two diplomas:
The program «International Economics and Finance» was developed jointly by the International Economic Relations School and Swiss School for International Relations and provides:
English-language undergraduate program «International Economy and Finance» is jointly run by Swiss School for International Relations (Geneva, Switzerland) and involves two years of study at MGIMO and two years at the Swiss School.
The study of two foreign languages is provided from the first year. In Geneva, classes are taught by native speaking teachers. Training is conducted in English both in Moscow and Geneva, including lectures and seminars by foreign professors of economics, representatives of international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Trade Organization.
* There may be changes in the curriculum. Below are just some of the disciplines of the curriculum
An integral part of the professional training of any modern specialist is the study of foreign languages.
Foreign languages are taught according to the system adopted at MGIMO, which combines both the best traditions accumulated by the Soviet and Russian schools and new approaches developed by leading European experts.
Alongside with the core subjects, students study intensively English and French taught in Geneva by native speaking instructors and, in Moscow – by professors from MGIMO University. The language training starts with English and French skills tests to place students in one of six instructional levels: from A1 (Basic) through C2 (Highly Advanced).
The training system allows students to take international certification exams without additional preparation.
Our classrooms are kept small — with 6-8 students – to ensure an individual approach to each student and provide the best conditions for high-quality language training.
Overall, the languages courses represent more than 1800 academic hours in the course of four years while the state standard is 130 hours of language training.
Throughout their studies in Geneva, students study English intensively using methods developed by experts in the field of language training for international lawyers, leading professors of MGIMO and Swiss School for International Relations, reaching the final C1/C2 level. Students with initially high language level have the opportunity to study with native speakers in C1/C2 groups.
During the course, much attention is given to translation of economic texts, commercial correspondence, and the basics of business communication. Teaching is focused on taking advantage of the modern method of subject-linguistic integrated learning, in which the business English curricula are closely coordinated with and complement the curricula of the specialized subjects.
French language skills are essential for anyone who intends to get involved in international economic relations, because French is an official language of the United Nations, the EU, and most international organizations.
The main purpose of this course is to teach you how to write the basic documents needed to find an internship or job (resume, cover letter), how to go through the various stages of the interview, the process of analyzing a potential employer.
One of MGIMO’s oldest departments, the German Chair has extensive experience and tradition in training international specialists with a professional command of German. Students study using modern textbooks that preserve the achievements of the Soviet school and have been revised to reflect new trends.
Swiss School for International Relations offers a variety of accommodation options in the center of Geneva, as well as in the area of international organizations: on three campuses or in studios and apartments.
The Grand Morillon campus is located in the international organizations district, a twenty-minute tram ride from the premises. The campus building has a gym, cafe, lounge area, cinema and laundry.
The Henri Dunant campus is located in the center of Geneva, a 7-minute walk from the academic building. The campus building houses a laundry, as well as a grocery store.
The education process is carried out on a contractual basis.
Two separate contracts for the provision of paid educational services are concluded: one with MGIMO University and the other with Swiss School for International Relations with tuition fees in accordance with each contract.
To stay in Switzerland for studies lasting more than 90 days, a student non-resident of the EU is required to obtain an entry national study visa.
The presence of an entry study visa entitles the student to obtain a residence permit in Switzerland once in Geneva.
Swiss School staff will assist you with paperwork regarding your visa request and book for you an appointment at the Swiss Embassy in Moscow.
Practice is an obligatory element of the educational process, an opportunity to apply and consolidate the acquired knowledge in professional activity. Students of the program have a unique opportunity to do internships not only in Russia, but also in Switzerland and Europe.
Foreign internships are implemented through the Ministry of Industry and Trade (Trade Mission), as well as international organizations. MGIMO Student Affairs Department assists in organizing internships and pre-graduation internships. MGIMO Career Center supports students in employment matters, and the Alumni Association makes it possible to establish business relations after graduation.
Graduates are always in demand in the labor market. Depending on their preferences, graduates can realize their potential in international organizations, multinational corporations and banks, government agencies and corporate sector, major Russian and international companies and foundations.
Graduates have the opportunity to continue their education in Master programs at leading Russian and European universities and broad prospects of further employment in Russia, Switzerland and Europe.
The enrollment to the program «International Economics & Finance» is decided, as a separate selective process, on the basis of the results of the Unified State Examination (USE), without any additional entrance examinations:
No additional entrance examinations.
It is possible to enter by results of International Baccalaureate, IB examinations.
In the absence of the USE or IB, the MGIMO entrance exams in English, Mathematics and Russian are held.
More information about the Admission Rules you can find here.
For more information about the Program, please contact us 8 (800) 302-80-79 (calls within Russia are free) or fill out the form: