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Math in Moscow (at Independent University of Moscow)
Moscow, Russia (Outgoing Program)
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Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
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Math in Moscow

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:

  • Math in Moscow application deadline: September 30, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
This program is designed for students with a particular interest in studying advanced Mathematics, and courses are offered in English, with additional opportunities to take some courses in Russian. Students will gain from the expertise of Moscow mathematicians and have the opportunity to take courses across several prestigious universities in Moscow.

The University

Math in Moscow is a collaboration between three universities which invites foreign undergraduate students to spend a semester in Moscow specializing on their Mathematics studies. The three universities are The Independent University of Moscow, National Research University Higher School of Economics, and The Moscow Center for Continuous Mathematical Education. 

The Independent University of Moscow (IUM) is a small elite college for future research mathematicians. It was founded in 1991 at the initiative of a group of well-known Russian mathematicians, who now comprise the Academic Council of the University. Professors P. Deligne (IAS, Princeton) and R. McPherson (IAS, Princeton) also played crucial roles in founding the Independent University.

National Research University Higher School of Economics is a leading state-funded university in Russia. The Faculty of Mathematics was established in 2008, and since then it has become the most successful institute in Russia for attracting researchers and students in Mathematics. The Faculty of Mathematics offers undergraduate, Masters and PhD programs in Mathematics.

The Moscow Center for Continuous Mathematical Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to "the preservation and development of Moscow's traditions in mathematical education, which supports the mathematical teaching and research at the undergraduate and graduate levels," among other things. 

The Setting

Moscow is the capital of Russia, located on the Moskva River. It is home to the historic Kremlin, the president's residency and Russian government. Students will have the opportunity to explore famous sites like the Red Square, Lenin's Mausoleum, the State Historical Museum's collection, and St. Basil's Cathedral, known for its colorful domes.



Students are required to enroll in a total of five courses on the program, at three U.S. credits each. This is the equivalent of four Princeton credits. Some examples of courses offered are Complex Analysis, Differential Geometry, Combinatorics, Calculus on Manifolds, and many others. There is also a small selection of non-mathematical courses that students can choose from, such as History of Mathematics and Science, Russian Language, and more. All courses are taught in English. More information about academics and courses can be found on the Math in Moscow website.


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad. 

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: late August to late December 
Spring Semester: early February to late May

Please refer to the Math in Moscow website for updated calendars


Students will live in dormitories located in central Moscow, about two minutes walking from the nearest metro station. Math in Moscow students will live together on the same floor of the dorm, and other residents will be international and local students from other programs and universities. 

All rooms are double rooms, and each is equipped with a fridge, two beds, two desks, 2-3 chairs, a three-section wardrobe, 2-3 bedside tables, and two fluorescent lamps. Students are responsible for cleaning their rooms themselves. There are four bathrooms, two washrooms, and two shower rooms (men’s and women’s) on each floor, and the dormitory staff cleans the bathrooms every day. Finally, there are kitchens and dining rooms located on each floor, which are open 24/7. Students are responsible for preparing their own meals. More information can be found on the Math in Moscow website.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

Russia requires both entry and exit visas for US citizens and most other foreign nationals. You must register for the proper visa in order to enter and study in Russia. Please visit the Math in Moscow website to learn more about the visa process

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program by their deadline. Visit the Math in Moscow program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton's. 
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 02/03/2021 05/25/2021
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