The MGIMO School of Governance and Politics has the mission to train a new generation of managers who are able to work in a highly competitive environment, to speak several languages, to master the skills of strategic, innovative, anti-crisis management and, at the same time, to have a deep understanding of modern political processes in Russia and abroad.
In 2022, together with Swiss School for International Relations (Geneva, Switzerland), we launched a new double degree program «Multilateral Diplomacy» for undergraduate students. It is implemented by the MGIMO School of Governance and Politics as part of the strategic academic leadership program «Priority 2030».
Dean of the MGIMO School of Governance and Politics
Doctor of political sciences
Representative of the Russian Federation in the UN Expert Committee on Public Administration
Member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation
The demand is high for international specialists of a new level, capable of solving multilateral and complex tasks in the field of international relations, political science, economics, public administration, law, etc.
The goal of our program is to train international civil servants, diplomats, and functionaries of international organizations and diplomatic missions.
Leading specialists from Russia, Switzerland, and Europe, employees of international organizations, top managers, and entrepreneurs are involved in the teaching process. Students interact on a regular basis with highly qualified specialists with great practical experience.
A successful graduate is awarded two Bachelor’s degrees:
The «Multilateral Diplomacy» Program was developed jointly by the MGIMO School of Governance and Politics and Swiss School for International Relations. Its goal is to study the specifics and functioning of the global system of contemporary international relations, its individual dimensions and as a whole.
The peculiarity of the Program is also the study of not only interstate interactions and challenges facing managers, but also of the resources, interests and influences of non-state actors in world politics — transnational corporations, non-governmental organizations, global media, cities, regions, etc.
The goal is to train first-class specialists with the relevant competencies in the field of international relations who are able to defend national interests and cooperate with the expert community and representatives of civil society in various countries on the most important issues of international relations.
The Program offers:
The curriculum is organized on a modular basis with a study of a subject for a few weeks followed by a pass/fail or exam. Simultaneously with subjects, students have English and French languages lessons.
Starting from the third year in Geneva, the teaching of disciplines of specialization in English is introduced, including lectures and seminars by guests lecturers, representatives of international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Trade Organization, as well as practicing specialists.
* The curriculum is subject to modifications. Below are some examples of disciplines.
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 of 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 international language training, leading professors of MGIMO University 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.
Students take a unique, professionally-oriented course that includes the study of concepts and categories in diplomacy and management in English, as well as the theory and practice of interpretation and translation, and a business correspondence course. The course lays the foundation of knowledge of public and private international law and basic terminology of international conventions for future professional activities.
French language skills are essential for anyone who intends to get involved in diplomacy and international relations, because French is an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, 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.
Education is conducted 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.
Internships are a mandatory element of the educational process and an opportunity to apply and consolidate the acquired knowledge in professional activities. Program students have a unique opportunity to undertake internships not only in Russia, but also in Switzerland and Europe.
During their studies, students meet with practicing diplomats, visit numerous international organizations in Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich, and in the most important capitals of international diplomacy.
Students have a unique opportunity to combine in-depth theoretical training with practical work in Russia and abroad through internships and pre-diploma practice in the Russian Foreign Ministry and other government agencies, corporate sector, international organizations, multinational corporations and banks, major Russian and international companies and foundations.
Program graduates master the skills to participate in international negotiations, including those in a foreign language, to plan and accompany international projects in various fields of activity, to argue their point of view and find compromise solutions, to be able to work in a team and take leading positions.
The enrollment to the «Multilateral Diplomacy» Program is decided, as a separate selective process, on the basis of the results of the Unified State Examination (USE):
No additional entrance examinations.
More information about the Admission Rules here.
For more information about the Program, please contact us 8 (800) 302-80-79 (call is free in Russia) or fill out the form: