- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
The CIEE Business and International Relations program includes Russian and European area studies coursework focusing on international affairs, business, and economics. Students get the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, from international conferences and lectures to concerts, dances, and clubs.
Students will enroll in 8-11 credits of direct enrollment couses at The Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). MGIMO, Russia's most prestigious university for students with international interests, is situated in southern Moscow, home to many higher education institutions. The student body of 6,500 is drawn from the top ranks of Russian schools and partner universities around the world. Renowned graduates include presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers, including current Russian minister of foreign affairs, Sergei Lavrov. The school offers a wide selection of bachelor-level courses, all conducted in English by MGIMO faculty. Students with a high Russian language proficiency may petition to enroll for credit in courses taught in one of MGIMO’s many BA programs taught in Russian. All courses are taught by MGIMO faculty.
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: early February - late May
Refer to CIEE's website for the specific dates.
From its iconic onion domes to the treasures of the Kremlin, Moscow’s rich history lives on. Russia’s capital is home to a diverse ethnic mix of approximately 13 million people and is the country’s political, economic, cultural, and scientific hub. Moscow’s origins date to the 12th century. It has served as the backdrop for the development of the Russian state and was also the capital of the former Soviet Union. It is home to beautiful and complex sites like the Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the KGB Museum, Gorky Park, and the Bolshoi Theatre - all ready and waiting to be explored. Today, Moscow is a sophisticated 21st-century metropolis, pulsing with around-the-clock energy. For students of business and international relations, Moscow offers an unparalleled vantage point from which to experience, firsthand, the politics and economics of contemporary Russia.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.