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    About "Math in Moscow"

    The Independent University of Moscow, the Higher School of Economics, the Moscow Center for Continuous Mathematical Education invite foreign students (undergraduate or graduate students specializing in mathematics and/or computer science) to spend a semester in Moscow in the framework of our "Math in Moscow" program. The "Math in Moscow" program was founded in 2001. Since then over 350 students from 180 universities have participated in the program. You can now gain from the expertise of Moscow mathematicians without learning Russian: all courses in the "Math in Moscow" program are in English.

    The main feature of the Russian tradition of teaching mathematics has always been the development of a creative approach to studying mathematics from the very outset. Not memorizing theorems and proofs, but discovering mathematics yourself under the guidance of an experienced teacher - this is our principle! We emphasize the in-depth understanding of the material rather than its quantity. Even in our treatment of the most traditional subjects, you will find significant connections with contemporary research topics. Indeed, most of our teachers are internationally recognized research mathematicians; all of them have considerable teaching experience in English. We stay in touch with North American universities, so after the appropriate formalities the courses taken in Moscow will be credited by your college for a BS, an MS, or a PhD degree.

    The main features of the "Math in Moscow" program:

    • modern, research-oriented curriculum;
    • highly qualified professors, with sufficient teaching experience in English;
    • comfortable modern university building in Moscow's historic center, with all the necessary facilities (library, Internet access, copiers, inexpensive cafeteria on the premises);
    • credits transferable to North American universities;
    • small study groups, individual attention to every student;
    • Russian language learning options;
    • you can take as many courses as you like;
    • modest tuition, low living expenses.

    If you would like to learn more about the program feel free to ask our recent alumni and to read our alumni testimonials. Additionally here are videos from IUM and HSE leaders explaining MiM mission. Recently the "Math Horizons" magazine published a paper about MiM written by our alumnus. And, of course, feel free to email your questions about the program at


    A "Math in Moscow" semester lasts 15 weeks, see the program calendar. We offer a wide range of mathematical courses and a few non-mathematical including Russian language . At the beginning of the semester every student participating in the program may choose as many courses as one prefers. The first three weeks course selection period allows you to participate in courses that interest you without enrolling in them For a successfull accomplishment of the program one should pass at least three courses. Every mathematical course is taught two one hour and a half classes per week. All the classes are taught in English. Most of our lecturers have extensive teaching experience in the US and/or Canada.

    Groups in our courses are small, usually less than 5 students. That gives you an opportunity to be active, to ask questions and to discuss problems with your peers. Our professors are also focused on an individual approach to every student. Math courses are taught with an emphasis on problem solving rather than memorizing theory. A mathematical theory itself can be regarded as a set of problems solved together.

    The IUM is located in a cosy building in the very heart of Moscow. The address is 11 Bol. Vlasievskii per., a small quiet street near the historic Arbat, within walking distance from the Kremlin, the Bolshoi, the Rumyantsev library, the Pushkin Western Art Museum, and the cathedral of Christ the Savior. Besides lecture halls and classes the IUM building has got a quiet library, a computer class, an inexpensive cafeteria, and a bookshop.

    Credits & Transcripts

    Courses successfully completed in the "Math in Moscow" program will be credited by your university. One "Math in Moscow" course transfers as three or four semester hours. Students can usually get advice in this regard from the Department of Mathematics of their college or university. And we are glad to assist you in that communication. Our office will send an official transcript of all completed courses to your home institution. Additional transcripts to other addresses are available upon your request for free.

    Cultural and social program

    We offer our students two short (2-3 days) weekend trips. The first - to Saint-Petersburg, the second - to the ancient towns Vladimir and Suzdal. Both trips include sets of excursions that are not easy to book yourself. Of course the program does not charge any additional fee for those trips, the prices for students depend on actual booking prices only. Among our photos you can find the albums from those trips.

    In the first week of the semester we organize a free Moscow sightseeing bus excursion. Later in the semester you will be able to enjoy a free excursion to Bolshoi.

    The IUM has modest sports facilities: a ping pong table and a small field where we hold our mini-soccer games. There are several outdoor basketball courts near the dormitory. The streets near the dorm are quiet and suitable for jogging. Our students are welcome to join HSE sport clubs, for example, HSE Ultimate club has been popular among our students. We will be glad to assist you in finding a place to practice your favourite sport activity.

    Our special staff members - "the helpers" will assist you in finding anything you want to do. Previously we have set up painting courses, chess classes with chess masters, ballet classes and more. Also we help you find necessary information if you make your own trip with your friends. The "Math in Moscow" program wants to make sure you enjoy your time in Moscow, academically and socially and we are here to help.


    The dormitory for our students is located in central Moscow, about 3 miles from the Kremlin (the center point of the city). The dorm is in a very quiet affluent neighborhood, two minutes of walk from the metro station. You will be able to get to the IUM in less than 30 minutes. The MiM students will live together on the same floor of this dormitory. Other residents are international students from other programs at HSE and Russian students.

    We meet the students upon arrival at the airport.(Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo or Vnukovo) After the students arrive, before classes actually begin, several days are devoted to our orientation program, during which the students learn, among other things, to organize their lives in the new environment.

    Insurance and medical information

    We provide our students with health insurances of one of the oldest Russian insurance companies "Ingosstrakh". In case of a sudden illness or an accident, one only needs to call the "Ingosstrakh" Service Center. A dispatcher will give an advise in English about medical service one needs, and immediately send an ambulance if necessary. "Ingosstrakh" covers, in particular, the following expenses:

    • for out-patient treatment, including expenses for doctor's services, diagnostics, medications, dressing materials prescribed by the doctor;
    • for ambulance delivery to the hospital;
    • for in-patient treatment, hospitalization, surgery, diagnostics, including expenses for medication, dressing materials prescribed by the doctor.
    For the full text of the insurance contract click here.

    Nevertheless we strongly advise students who have any chronic disease to have a good North American health insurance. In this case we ask a student to contact his/her insurance company and to find out if his/her health insurance is valid in Russia and how it works there. Most often the student has to pay first and the expenses will be reimbursed on his/her return home.

    Applying for "Math in Moscow"

    If you are willing to study math, have good academic standing, have completed at least one semester of both Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra, you are welcome to apply. Application is free. For the details about of the application process please click here.

    The tuition is $8500(US) for one semester or $16500(US) for an academic year. Costs estimates of living in Moscow can be found here. The program will assist you in obtaining russian visa.

    Affiliated programs

    Since 2001 we have established good working relationships with a lot of universities. With some of them we have formal agreements, see the list of our affiliated programs.

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