A long-time partner of Freie Universität Berlin is the Moscow State Institute for International Relations - MGIMO (University). A part of Lomonosov Moscow State University until 1944, it became a separate institute and was reorganized into a university in 1994. Typically Russian diplomats are educated there and many of today's top-ranking politicians are former students of MGIMO.
One outstanding characteristic of MGIMO is its excellent language education. Three foreign languages are taught regularly. As one result of this, programs offered jointly by MGIMO and Freie Universität Berlin are of increasing interest.
Currently Freie Universität offers a one-year supplementary study program for students in bachelor degree programs called “German Studies Russia” and a master of arts in international relations, which is co-organized by Freie Universität. A new degree program, “Magister Legum. Deutsches Recht,” is in an early planning stage and is likely to start in autumn.
“German Studies Russia” is a one-year supplementary study program for bachelor degree students. It is conducted in German and open to students from all disciplines. The program informs about Germany from different perspectives and has an interdisciplinary approach. It includes four modules: politics, economy, media, and law. At the end the participants complete an internship in a German institution, whether in Russia or in Germany.
Successful graduates receive a German-Russia certificate from Freie Universität Berlin and MGIMO with 40 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits.
Further information: http://www.german-studies-russia.org
The M.A. program is a joint program offered by Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt University, and University of Potsdam. It is open to graduates in political sciences or similar disciplines who have focused on international relations. Excellent knowledge of German and English is a prerequisite.
“International Relations” is a consecutive, bilingual program lasting four semesters. International relations are part of political science, which is therefore a basis of this program aiming to prepare students for the complex challenges of the 21st century in world politics, both theoretically and practically. It prepares them for a career in the broad range of administration, political consulting, business, and science on a national as well international level. The program provides in-depth scientific and professional knowledge of theory, empiricism, and methods of international relations as well as academic skills.
Successful graduates receive a German and a Russian master’s degree.
Further information: http://www.masterib.de.
Freie Universität Berlin and MGIMO have signed a contrat on student exchange (information in German).