As a Bachelor of International Relations student. second year, of the Geneva School of Diplomacy, I had the opportunity to participate in the exchange program at MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) for the 2018 spring semester.
MGIMO is a public university under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. It is considered to be one of the most elite institutions in the country. There are many interesting courses, such as Terrorism, International Security and Global Economic and Social Development. Moreover, exchange students will enroll in language classes, such as Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. As for the campus, the university has a large territory with football fields, a gym, pharmacies, a bank, and many stationery shops. Accommodation is also provided by MGIMO. There are many student dorms around the city. If you prefer to live alone you can choose to rent an apartment, for relatively cheap costs.
Being in the heart of Moscow, it is a great opportunity to visit the main tourist attractions, such as the Kremlin, the Tretyakov Gallery, and the St. Basils Cathedral. Moreover, during warm days it is nice to spend time at Gorky Park, which offers many fun activities. Outdoor dancing and yoga classes, volleyball and football, Segway and bicycle rentals are just some of the many services provided by the park. Overall participating in the exchange program was a useful experience.
Meeting new people from various cultures and backgrounds was one of the most positive aspects of the trip. Furthermore, Russians have significantly different traditions and mentality in comparison to most European countries. Being part of such culture is a great opportunity to develop an understanding of Russia’s foreign policy. The exchange program is a great opportunity to gain experience, visit a new country and expand your network.