Exchange program

Exchange students are those who are nominated by an overseas university under bilateral exchange agreement. Exchange program candidates can apply through the International Office of their home university. Tuition is paid to the home university, and in most cases the application and documentation fee is waived.

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Visiting individual - Students those who are planning to attend SPP RANEPA for a semester or two NOT through the student exchange channel. Tuition is paid to SPP RANEPA, and the application and documentation fee should be paid at the time of application.

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Semester Fulfillment Requirement
The program is for students who are already enrolled in a higher education institution and would like to conduct studies for one or two semesters at the School of Public Policy RANEPA.
  • This program is open to 4-year college or university students who are currently studying at their home universities as full-time students, and have completed two (2) semesters (or the equivalent) before the nomination/application period.
  • For transfer students or graduate students, a minimum of one semester's results from the university must appear on the official transcripts.
Application Procedure

To be eligible for an exchange with the RANEPA, you must be a registered student at one of our partner universities. Many partnership agreements are subject-specific, so check that the agreement with RANEPA is in your subject area. The International Office at your home university will be able to provide you with help and advice.

Check our provisional module catalog to see whether we offer modules that fit with your study program at your home institution. Discuss your module choices with your home academic advisor.

Your university must officially nominate you by email before you can apply. The nomination should include your full name, subject area, level of study, whether you wish to come for Fall semester or Spring semester. You will then be contacted by School of Public Policy RANEPA and advised on the application process.

Nomination deadlines (by your University):
For Fall semester:1 May
For Spring semester: 15 October

Application deadlines (submit online application):
For Fall semester:20 May
For Spring semester: 15 November

Arrival to Moscow:
For Fall semester: 30 August - 7 September 
For Spring semester: 1 February - 10 February

Departure from Moscow:
For Fall semester: before December 26
For Spring semester: before July 20

Semester in Moscow offers a wide array of courses across disciplines for undergraduate and graduate students. Russian language training is available at all levels, and students can also enroll in SPP’s Russian-taught courses if their command of the language is strong enough. 

Workload and credits 
  • 12-week semester of 12 weeks, from 18 to 36 contact hours per week
  • The choice of 3 to 5 courses corresponding to 18 to 30 credits.
  • Each subject course carries 6 credits (3 US credits) and is taught for 4 academic hours per week plus homework. Delivered through lectures and seminar sessions for which home reading is assigned, each course involves submitting one or two essays.
  • The Russian language is taught for 8 hours per week in groups corresponding to proficiency level. Final evaluation can include the official TORFL test for additional payment.

SPP RANEPA Fact Sheet for International Students 2017-2018

List of Semester Programs in English:


SPP RANEPA provides visa and registration support.  Accommodation provided on campus (200 USD / month).  Students are entitled to use the library, the computer facilities, and other university services.


  • No tuition fee for the students from SPP Partner Universities.

  • For students from other Universities, the tuition is 5,500 US dollars per one-semester program per student corresponding to the standard load and credits. 

Starting dates

You may join Semester program twice a year. The fall semester starts in September-October. The spring semester starts at the beginning of February. You may choose whichever start date best suits your needs.

Application Procedure for self-financed applicants (not from our Partner Universities)

There are 3 easy steps to apply for Semester program at SPP RANEPA:

  1. Complete the Application form
  2. Send us all required documents
  3. Receive notification of acceptance/rejection

Required documents

  • Scanned copy of your Passport
  • Scanned copy of your Academic Transcript
  • Your Statement of Purpose (about 500 words, including statement of goals, research interests and experiences, including the subject of your bachelor thesis)
  • One letter of recommendation from a person who is closely acquainted with your academic work
  • Your Curriculum Vitae

Application selection procedure

Applications are assessed by the SPP RANEPA International Relations Office. Applicants can expect an admission decision approximately two weeks after submitting a complete application.

Application deadlines

Admissions continue on a rolling basis until all places are taken. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Due to a somewhat lengthy Russian Study Visa issuing process, we ask to send the completed application form no later than

  • May 20, 2017 for enrollment in Fall Semester 2017

  • November 15, 2017 for enrollment in Spring Semester 2018

In case you miss the deadline, please write to us to discuss the possibility of late application.

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