Moscow State Humanitarian University named after M.A. Sholokhova

Sholokhov Moscow State University for Humanities or Moscow State University for Humanities named after M.A. Sholokhov was founded in 1951 as Moscow Pedagogical Institute for Correspondence Studies. Sholokhov Moscow State University for Humanities bears an honorary name of Mikhail Sholokhov – a Russian writer who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1965. It has been merged with Moscow State Pedagogical University in 2015.


In 2002 Sholokhov Moscow State University for Humanities was ranked by Russian Ministry of Education among 10 best pedagogical universities in Russia. It also ranked Sholokhov Moscow State University for Humanities among 14 best pedagogical and linguistic universities in Russia in 2005 (out of 78 rated).


355 members of the faculty hold Kandidat degree, 311 have appointments as Docents. 121 members of the faculty hold Doktor Nauk degree, 188 have appointments as Professors. Among the faculty, there are 9 fellows of Russian Academy of Education, 38 fellows of international academies. About 70% of the faculty hold Kandidat Nauk or Doktor Nauk degrees.


Faculties of Moscow State Humanitarian University named after M.A. Sholokhova:

  • Institute for Politics, Law and Social Development
  • Institute of Psychology, Education and Human Resource Management
  • Institute of Language and Communication
  • Institute of Arts and Creative Technology
  • Faculty of Precision Sciences and Innovative Technologies
  • Faculty of Ecology and Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of pre-university training
  • College of Economics and Technology
  • Lyceum of humanitarian technologies (9-11 profile classes)
  • University-wide departments

Student Accommodation

Each room in the apartment is equipped with: a bed, beddings, desk and chair, curtains. Bathroom is shared between double and triple roommates​.

Shared facilities (for all the international students): Refrigerator, microwave, kitchen-range, toaster, TV, cooking utensils (pot, fry-ing pan, knife, cutting board, etc.), laundry room. Free Wi-Fi is available.​

Moscow City

Moscow is the capital of Russia, the largest city in the country and Europe, and one of the largest cities in the world. Moscow refers to global cities having a great influence on the world because of its high economic level and population. It is the main transport hub of Russia, its political, economic, cultural, and scientific center.


Moscow features

Moscow is located in the center of the European part of Russia, between the rivers Oka and Volga. The climate is moderate continental: heavy frosts and extreme heat are rare. The average temperature in January – minus 7.2 degrees Celsius, in July – plus 20.4 degrees Celsius.

The city has the status of a separate federal subject of the Russian Federation. It is the smallest federal subject by land area.

The name of the city as well as the names of many other cities around the world, is bound with the name of the river it is standing on (the Moskva River). The river was called this way long before the settlement appeared. It is unknown who named it and what this name means. There are two main versions: Finnio-Ugric and Slavic.

According to the first one, the word “Moskva” is derived from the Finno-Ugric language group which means “river-bear”. The Slavic theory points to the stem “mosk” denoting “marshy” or “moisture, liquid, marshland, dampness”.

The city is surrounded by 6 airports, 9 railway stations, and 3 river ports. Moscow has developed a fabulous metro (subway) system. The first stations were built in 1935.

Moscow is the largest Russian financial center. About half of Russian banks are located in Moscow. Most of the largest companies are registered and have head offices in Moscow, although their manufactures might be located thousands of km from the city.

The city is the most important center of retail sales in Russia. Moscow represents about 30% of all commodities sold in Russia.

Moscow is also a large scientific center. There are a lot of scientific research institutes carrying out research in many branches, such as nuclear power, microelectronics, space exploration and other promising directions.

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