Moscow State Linguistic University

What is now the Moscow State Linguistic University (abbreviated to MSLU in English or MGLU in Russian) went by a number of names in the past. It started out as the Moscow Institute for Modern Languages, then was renamed 1st Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages. Later on it was named after Maurice Thorez, to become the Maurice Thorez Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages. Today it is known as the Moscow State Linguistic University.


MSLU Today:


Today, the University teaches 36 languages. More than 75% of its teaching staff have advanced academic degrees. The University annually publishes an average of 200 research monographs, manuals and textbooks for Russian schools, colleges and universities. MSLU academics have developed unique teaching and research tools (Lingua, Glossa, Spectrum 121, Signal-InYaz, Intonograph, and others) for which they have received prizes, medals and patents at international exhibitions at home and abroad. The University maintains partnership relations with 94 leading universities in 35 countries, thus providing opportunities for international student exchanges and dual degrees.


MSLU has an extensive system of continuing education, spanning all ages and qualifications from secondary school-level linguistic lyceum to university and advanced training facilities. Full-time higher education includes 4-year bachelor programs followed by 2-year master programs, in keeping with the Bologna Declaration. The University also offers opportunities for obtaining a second degree in linguistics.


MSLU is a focus institution for language and culture studies.


Faculties of Moscow State Linguistic University:

  • The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages
  • Institute of Applied and Mathematical Linguistics
  • The Faculty of Translation and Interpreting
  • Institute of International Relations and Social and Political Sciences
  • Faculty of International IT Security
  • Faculty for International Students
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of the Humanities
  • Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)
  • Library and Information Centre (LIC)

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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