Math in Moscow

Russian Federation
Math in Moscow
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
SpringSeptember 15late Januarylate May
FallMarch 15late Augustlate December
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Third-party provider
Program Overview

Independent University of Moscow, The Higher School of Economics, and 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. Now over 100 of them have already got their PhD degrees. You can now gain from the expertise of Moscow mathematicians without learning Russian: all courses in the “Math in Moscow” program are in English.

** Please note: you need to have at least completed 1 semester of both advanced calculus and linear algebra in order to apply **


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 the program's principle! “Math in Moscow” emphasizes 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.

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 of motivated students;
  • individual attention to every student;
  • Russian language learning options;
  • you can take as many courses as you like;
  • modest tuition, low living expenses.

A "Math in Moscow" semester lasts 15 weeks, see the program calendar. The program offers a wide range of mathematical courses and a few non-mathematical ones 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 successful accomplishment of the program one should pass at least three courses. Every mathematical course is taught two classes per week, each class lasts for one hour and a half. All the classes are taught in English. Most of our lecturers have extensive teaching experience in the US and/or Canada.


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 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 which is very popular among students, and a bookshop.


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. 

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