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Foreign Students Department

International student

Currently there are around 7000 international students enrolled in MESI coming from 52 different countries, 500 studying in Moscow and 6500 in regional branches of MESI.

Among foreign graduates of MESI there are outstanding people who have reached considerable heights in politics, economics and other fields of their professional career.

International students at MESI

The development of highly qualified scientific and pedagogical staff for foreign countries at the Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI) has been carried out since 1949. The first foreign students of MESI were four citizens of Romania graduated in 1953. In the following years the number of countries collaborating with MESI in the field of education increased significantly through participation in international and intergovernmental agreements. Students of more than 90 countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America completed their studies in various undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development programs of MESI.


International students can apply to any program of MESI (see Education) except for the following programs that are unavailable for foreigners according to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation: Information Security, Informatics and Computer Engineering, Human Resource Management.

Those international students who want to choose a program taught in Russian can learn the language or improve their knowledge by taking special preparatory course of Russian as a foreign language at MESI that lasts up to 1 year. Within the chosen educational program all international students also continue to learn Russian language. Furthermore MESI arranges various events that help international students discover Russian culture and traditions as well.


Foreign Students Department of MESI provides necessary support for the students coming to MESI from abroad. Passport and visa service of MESI issues official invitations for foreign students and assists them in obtaining the registration in the territory of the Russian Federation in accordance with the current legislation.

Foreign Students Department assists all international students in getting accommodation in student residence as well as medical insurance for the period of their studies in Russia. The insurance company that works with MESI offers a wide range of health services at preferential rates for students. All the international students of MESI also get ISIC cards.