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Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University)

What is MIPT?

The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology is one of the world's most prestigious educational and research institutions and a leading Russian technical university. Ever since its foundation in 1951, MIPT has been at the forefront of Russian science and technology and is currently ranked joint first in the country for Physical Sciences by the THE World University Ranking. Among MIPT alumni are Nobel laureates and founders of high-technology companies, inventors and engineers, politicians and scientists. All MIPT students and alumni proudly call themselves 'phystechs', and the university itself is informally known by the same name - PhysTech.

Why study at MIPT?

MIPT offers the best in technical education, refined by decades of experience and open to the future. The PhysTech system is based on a challenging blend of in-depth teaching of fundamentals and extensive practical work at affiliated research institutions ('bases'). The strong link between study and practice means students soon learn to apply their knowledge of theory in the real world. MIPT graduates are in high demand with employers and are well equipped for success in academia and industry alike. A PhysTech education prepares you for anything life throws at you.

Key facts

    Founded in 1951
    10 Nobel Prize winners among professors and alumni
    Over 5,500 students
    Over 600 international students from 18 countries
    Consistently ranked among top 5 Russian universities
    63rd in the THE World University Ranking for Physical Sciences
    Joint 1st in Russia in the THE World University Ranking for Physical Sciences
    55th in QS University Ranking of emerging economies

Our focus

    Theoretical & applied
    physics and maths
    Aerospace engineering
    Information and Communication Technologies
    Energy efficiency
    Advanced materials
    Biomedical technology

How do I apply?

A limited number of scholarships is available to applicants taking part in the Time to Study in Russia! academic olympiads held by Rossotrudnichestvo in spring 2014. The application deadline is April 15.

International students can apply for admission on a fee-paying basis. Applicants will need to complete MIPT entrance exams and an interview with the admissions board before being offered a place. The tuition fee for 2014/15 is 170,000 Russian rubles (approximately 4,700 US dollars) per year. The deadline is July 1.

For more details on the admissions process, visit our website Good luck!

An education for life

How will I be taught?

When you apply to MIPT, you choose a department that you would like to be affiliated with. Each department offers a number of areas of concentration. During the first year, the syllabus is largely the same for all students; later, you start taking more specialised courses as you grow more confident in your particular field, often taught at the partner institutions. This allows each student to have the same strong theoretical foundation, but choose their own particular path in further education. In addition to tasks assigned throughout the year, all students sit exams at the end of each semester. The courses are taught in department-wide lecture series as well as in smaller seminar groups of about 15 students, and MIPT professors are always happy to help students work out individual problems and solutions.

MIPT departments

    Radio Engineering and Cybernetics
    General and Applied Physics
    Aerophysics and Space Research
    Molecular and Chemical Physics
    Physical and Quantum Electronics
    Aeromechanics and Flight Engineering
    Control and Applied Mathematics
    Problems of Physics and Energetics
    Innovations and High Technologies 
    Biological and Medical Physics

The PhysTech system

During the first year of study, you will take part in intensive, in-depth courses in mathematics and fundamentals of natural sciences, as well as English and computer science. As you progress through the undergraduate course, you will have the chance to take increasingly specialised courses in your chosen area of concentration taught by leading researchers in the field. Starting with the third year, you will start spending several days a week at affiliated laboratories, R&D departments, or prominent high-tech companies, culminating in your own research project in Year 4.

Currently, all courses are taught in Russian and international students can take a Foundation Course in Russian and fundamental courses in their chosen subject before progressing to the full undergraduate programme.

Research and industry partners 124 partner organizations, including:

    ABBYY Software
    Gazprom R&D department
    Joint Institute for Nuclear Research
    (synthesis of 11 new elements, including the most recently discovered element of the periodic table)
    Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics
    Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (developers and manufacturers of the Soyuz and Progress spacecraft, the first manned space station in orbit, and Russian segments of the ISS)
    Russian Space Research Institute
    TsAGI (developers of the Soviet space shuttle and major contributors to the design
    of MiG-29 and Su-27 fighter planes)


Where will I live?

As an MIPT student, you will be guaranteed campus accommodation, across the road from lecture halls and many of the university's labs. Each department has a residence hall, each with its own cafes, reading rooms, common areas, kitchens, laundry rooms, gyms, other facilities - and its own unique atmosphere. Every room has a wired and wireless broadband connection, with additional wi-fi hotspots available throughout the campus. The campus itself is guarded by university security and student volunteers, while medical services are provided by nearby hospitals and a dedicated MIPT polyclinic.

In the heart of Russia

Studying at MIPT is an opportunity to experience the best of Russia, a country with a rich and varied history. Extending across the border between Europe and Asia, it has a culture of its own and as an international student at MIPT you will be fully immersed in the life of a country that has made such a contribution to the world.

The main MIPT campus is situated in Dolgoprudny, a leafy suburb of the Russian capital. Just 20 minutes away by train lies the largest city in Eastern Europe and all that it has to offer: world-class theatres, museums, historical sights, shopping centres, and more. Closer to the campus, students can enjoy the sights of Russian nature - the forests, rivers, and lakes of the Moscow region countryside. The university has its own sanatorium on the scenic shores of the nearby Pestovo Reservoir.

What about the student life?

At MIPT, we have always believed that there is more to student life than study. Given the rigours of academic training, extracurricular activities are an excellent way to unwind and branch out. A large number of societies and activities provide a great outlet for the students' creative and sporting side. There are chess clubs, debating societies, all kinds of student theatre and comedy, festivals of fine arts and music held throughout the year. The university stadium and gyms provide facilities for football, volleyball, table tennis, athletics, and more. The campus also has a swimming pool and tennis courts, while in winter students can rent skis and skates to get a taste of Russian sports. A highlight of the year is the traditional 24-hour football 'Match of the Century' between departments, beloved by students and alumni alike.

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