About GRIA | F.A.Q.

Germany in Russian & International Affairs is a one-year comlementary programme for MGIMO bachelor students, which aims to promote academic and personal exchange between Germany and Russia in the context of social sciences. This corresponds to three subgoals:

  • Transmission of regional expertise about Germany and the European Union as well as of the profound knowledge of the German language,
  • Strengthening od economic and social science methods and theories,
  • Promotion of intercultural competences.

Most university cooperations between Germany and Russia take place in the field of technology and science. A range of courses in economics and social sciences that impart regional expertise, language skills and intercultural competences is therefore of cultural and even political relevance. Cooperations between universities can make a significant and lasting contribution to a better understanding between the two countries and societies and promote exchange where politics reaches its limits. Social sciences in particular offer opportunities to build bridges beyond economic and technical exchange.

GRIA is based on the program German Studies Russia, which was restructured into GRIA in 2019. In the meantime, the two programs count more than 200 alumni, many of whom have connected their lives with Germany.

Who is behind GRIA?

Germany in Russian & International Affairs (GRIA) is a joint project of Institute for East European Studies at Free University Berlin and School of International Economic Relations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

The program is led by Theocharis Grigoriadis and Oleg Pichkov and supported by the GRIA Team in Berlin and Moscow.

An wen richtet sich GRIA?

The participants of GRIA are Bachelor students of all disciplines at the MGIMO. Due to its intensive supervision, the programme is designed for no more than 15 to 20 students. Although students can participate in GRIA between their second and fourth year of study, the majority of applicants are in their second and third year of study. The core criteria for admission to GRIA is good knowledge of the German language at least at level B1/B2. There is no formal language examination, but rather an interview with a German-Russian selection committee.

GRIA has an active student and alumni network. Larger alumni events take place at least twice a year in Moscow, where the majority of alumni live.

What are the contents of GRIA?

See study program.

How to apply?

The application usually takes place before the beginning of the winter semester. Current information and a list of documents required for application can be found here.