Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK)

Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK) was established in 1779 and it is the center of higher geodetic education in Russia and the largest educational institution of this type in Europe.


Thousands of the University graduates are taking part in the exploration of the territory and natural resources of Russia, in designing its maps, in constructing its cities, roads and industrial enterprises.


The scientists working at MIIGAiK are always the avant-garde of geodesy, establishing and developing it as one of the fundamental Earth sciences.


The glorious past of MIIGAiK, deep-rooted pedagogical and scientific traditions, accumulated throughout 225 years of its development, the importance and vitality of geodetic science and practice for many branches of national economy, a wide range of specialists being trained at the University – all these assure the leading role of MIIGAiK as a specialized institution of higher education.


Today, the University is actively participating in the exploration of outer space and application of the results of this exploration to science, economy, agriculture, geological prospecting and ecology. MIIGAiK renders great assistance to many countries of the world in training national scientific and engineering staff for geodesy and cartography – more than 2,000 foreign graduates from the University are working now in 85 countries all over the world. Many national geodetic services and topographic enterprises of different countries have close and mutually advantageous economic and scientific relations with the University. Our years of experience in training specialists and researchers, highly qualified teachers, modern laboratories and field bases, vast contacts with various scientific institutions – all this guarantee those who study at the University the highest level of theoretical and practical training.


MIIGAiK educates researchers by means of postgraduate courses; eight specialized academic councils are established for scientific theses and dissertations to be defended. The studies that are being conducted in MIIGAiK embrace almost the whole range of problems of geodesy, cartography and cadastre, as well as such specific fields as precise instrument-making, geoinformatics, ecology and remote sensing.


Faculties of Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK):

  • Geodesic Faculty
  • Faculty of Applied Cosmonautics and Photogrammetry
  • Faculty of Optical Information Systems and Technology
  • Faculty of Territories Development
  • Faculty of Humanities

Student Accommodation

The dormitory has a perfect location: grocery stores, cafés, and restaurants with Russian and international cuisine are within walking distance. All city attractions, museums, theaters, historic places are either within walking distance or easy transportation from the dormitory.

The dormitory also is conveniently located in terms of going to and from the airport, either by taxi or via metro.

The dormitory is a corridor-type residential building with shared facilities. One rooms usually accommodates three or four roommates. Entrances to the building are equipped with video surveillance and security posts.

Dormitory facilities:

  • Self-service laundry (in the basement)
  • Shared kitchens (on each floor)
  • Shared bathrooms.

Room facilities:

  • Beds with linens
  • Writing desks
  • Wardrobes/closets
  • Internet connection
  • Cable TV.


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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