Come study in Moscow, the capital of the largest country in the world, and experience the raw energy of the city as it blends cultures from Europe and Asia.
A group of students in front of the main campus building
Lomonosov Moscow State University was established in 1940 and hosts more than 40,000 students. It has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence. It is the oldest and largest university in Russia and has the tallest educational building in the world. The university sits in the Sparrow Hills in southwest Moscow and is regarded as one of Russia’s most prestigious universities. Exchange students will study at the Faculty of Economics. Students attending LMSU will receive support from the International Office during their exchange.
Faculty of Economics library
Most economic courses are in Russian; however students can take some courses in English. The School of Economics at LMSU is dynamic. Students will be academically challenged and be able to observe the transformation of Russian society through an economic lens. Students attending LMSU will stay in the university hostel with other international students and will have many opportunities for cross-cultural exchanges.
Central garden on LMSU's campus
Students studying in Moscow, Russia have a land of culture at their fingertips. The Moscow Kremlin, home of the President of the Russian Federation, sits close to campus and is a historic fortified complex in the heart of the city that overlooks the Moskva River. Close to the Kremlin students will be able to visit the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Red Square and the Alexander Garden. There are many other sites to see and restaurants to try, which are all conveniently located near the campus.
The Mirax Business Plaza in Moscow
Towers at the Moscow Kremlin
Moscow' famous Cathedral
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Russia's website for further information.
How to Apply
Consult the How to Apply section first and make sure you meet the eligibility requirements for a direct exchange program. Next, attend a Direct Exchange program information session. Do this prior to starting an application to ensure that you understand how to choose the right program and what is expected of you during the application process.
Check the course offerings at the school you are interested in applying to and check to ensure that they match your course requirements. See “Choosing Courses Abroad” section below.
Once you’ve selected an appropriate program that offers courses that match your major, complete the online application and pay the $175 registration and processing fee. Please note that all supplemental documents are also required by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please contact the program officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.
Choosing Courses Abroad
There is no list of pre-approved classes for you to take on a direct exchange program. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. Please refer to the “Departments and Courses” link on the left-hand side of this page for a list of course options on this program. You must then complete a Petition for Transfer of Credits Form to ensure that your courses will transfer back to Mason.
Petition for Transfer of Credits Form
Consult your program officer regarding petition form instructions for LMSU.
You can fill out the petition form prior to acceptance into a specific study abroad program and in fact, you should begin this process when you first consider applying. Identify courses at the host institution that are similar to those at Mason that you need to take. This will increase your chances of receiving transfer credit approval from the Departmental Advisors who must sign your petition form. Follow complete instructions from the link above and contact your program officer if you have questions.
Make sure you find plenty of primary AND alternate course options before deciding on a specific program. Schedules are subject to change and registration in your preferred classes is not guaranteed, so you should have sufficient alternate course options. Also, please keep in mind that you must enroll in the equivalency of at least 12 U.S. credits per semester.