Study abroad

More than 80% of students and trainees of the MSSES go abroad during their studies. Each educational program offers a range of educational, research and professional internships at universities and partner organizations. Since 2020, the School also offers students internships in foreign organizations, both online and with the opportunity to travel to another country.

How many of our students are participating in internships?
  • 2017 - 24%
  • 2018 - 30%
  • 2019 - 39%

Studying abroad at the School is divided into different types of trips and activities:
  • language internships - trips for 2-3 weeks to a partner university or language school for intensive study of English or a second target language;
  • lecture courses abroad - trips for 2-3 weeks to partner universities to participate in lecture courses in the field of training, some of them are carried out with credit transfer;
  • professional internship - a trip for 1-2 weeks to a university or a partner organization to obtain theoretical and practical skills in the field of training, includes workshops and visits to organizations;
  • conferences - trips for 3-6 days to participate in foreign conferences with reports, presentations or posters;
  • research - travel 1-4 weeks to universities and research organizations to conduct research as part of an essay, dissertation, or joint research project;
  • exchange - trips for 1 semester to a partner university for included training with credits transfer;
  • internship - trips or online events as part of an internship in a foreign organization with subsequent offset.

Financial Support

Students and staff of the MSSES can receive financial support to participate in study programs abroad. In the announcement of each specific trip in the "Recommended" section, bachelor's or master's programs are indicated, students of which can receive a 100% discount on the payment of the study abroad program. All accompanying expenses, including visa, flight, accommodation and meals, are paid by students on their own unless otherwise specified in the announcement or the Agreement.

Conditions for obtaining a discount on the training program

! All expenses that the MSSES pays for students are considered the income of an individual (student) and the School annually submits information to the Tax Service of the Russian Federation for calculating personal income tax (personal income tax). Traveling abroad is not a study on the main or additional educational program, therefore, they are taxed at 13% of the cost paid by the School. A 2-NDFL certificate is issued at the beginning of the spring of the next calendar year (March). If part of the travel expenses are paid by the Social Sciences Institute of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) (for joint programs), then the student receives two certificates of 2-NDFL: from the MSSES and from The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

Submit an application – Receive a discount - Take part in the meeting - Sign an agreement and a tax notice - Go on a trip - Record a review - Receive a 2-NDFL certificate - Pay personal income tax

Personal Income Tax Notice
Form of Contract

In addition to partial funding from MSSES, students can independently apply to third-party Russian and foreign organizations for short-term or long-term study abroad:

Scholarships and grants from Governments of various countries
List of grants and scholarships from different countries on
European Grants Guide
Grant and scholarship for studying at a foreign university "Global Education"

Actual announcements 2020

Coventry University Summer Schools & Public Lectures Online 2020


Internships are short-term (up to 3 months) trips abroad, which are divided into four types: language, lecture courses, professional and research (scientific). Certain types of travel are participation in conferences, semester exchanges and practices.

Each student and attendee of the School can take part in internships, however, each program assumes its own list of available trips. A student can receive a discount on tuition fees only for those trips that are recommended to students in his educational program (see the ‘Recommended’ section in each announcement).

A student can take part in only one trip abroad with a discount from the School during one academic year (from September to August), unless otherwise provided by his educational program.

Students under the age of 18 at the start date of the trip cannot take part in study abroad.

A prerequisite for participation is the presence of medical insurance for traveling abroad, valid for the entire period of the trip.

Conditions for cancellation of internships:
  • Participation in Shaninka's trips is optional. Any student has the right to refuse to participate in the trip either at the application stage or before the date announced by the International Department (the "Cancellation Deadline").
  • After submitting an application for participation, a student may refuse to participate by writing an official Application in free form (explaining the reason for the refusal) and sending a scan or a good quality photo to before the “refusal deadline”, which for some trips abroad may be no later than 50 days before the start date of the trip.
  • Refusal to participate in a trip after the refusal deadline can be only if there is a supporting document from a medical institution or other documents confirming force majeure in accordance with the signed Agreement.

Application for refusal to participate


The exchange program at the Moscow School implies the included study of the student at a foreign partner university for 1 semester. Students of the 2nd and 3rd courses of bachelor's degree can take part, unless otherwise indicated in the announcement in the "Recommended" section.

The competition is held twice a year: in April-May for training in the autumn semester, in October-November for training in the spring semester.

Under the terms of exchange programs, students studying on a contractual basis continue to pay for their education at the MSSES during the exchange and do not pay for education at a foreign university.
A student of the partner university arrives to replace the student of the MSSES under the same conditions.

Exchange Program Partners:
- Coventry University (UK)
- Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland)

Apply - Write a letter of motivation - Pass an interview - Approve the curriculum - Send your documents abroad - Get a visa - Go abroad - Pass the session successfully - Send feedback - Submit a transcript - Receive credit transfer.

The conditions for selection and participation are indicated in the announcements of exchange programs.


In 2020, the Moscow School began cooperation with several foreign organizations that provide an opportunity for students to practice abroad in online and offline formats.

Online practice can be held both during vacation time and during the academic year. On average, it takes 10 to 20 hours a week. An offline practice (with a trip abroad) is possible only during vacation time (summer or winter holidays).

To credit the practice within the curriculum, the prior consent of the dean of the faculty and the provision of a report in the appropriate form after the end of the practice is required.

Participation in the practice implies a rigorous selection of candidates, including Skype interviews with potential employers. Some internship programs include additional paid services, such as interview preparation or access to paid internships. The cost of additional services varies from 500 to 2000 USD.

The decision on whether to accept a student for practice or not is made only by the employer after an online interview.

Virtual practice (online)
Online practice takes place entirely in a distance format.
Several times a year, we plan to conduct open webinars (with recording) with representatives of partner organizations so that students can ask their questions before applying for selection.

Internship abroad / volunteering abroad
Students and listeners of the MSSES can take part in foreign practices and volunteering from AIESEC. The agreement signed between MSSES and AIESEC allows you to read out the results of your practice or volunteering as one of the types of practices that are included in your curriculum. Before submitting an application, it is recommended that you consult with the dean of the faculty about the possibility of taking a specific practice after submitting a report on the MSSES form.

Third-party services for finding foreign practices
  • Service Category Services Remuneration Duration
  • Work & Travel (USA) Professional Paid Yes <1 year
  • English First Professional Paid Yes <1 year
  • International Internships Professional Paid No <1 year
  • Theory and Practice Professional Free Varies Varies
  • SPHERE Youth Movement Volunteer Paid Yes Varies
  • Help Exchange Volunteer Free No <1 year
  • Voluntary Exchange Russia Volunteer Free No <1 year
  • WWOOF Volunteer Free No + 1 week
  • Aupair Au pair Free Yes 1 month - 3 years

Practice in the international department
Russian and foreign students of the Moscow School (including exchange students) can apply for an internship at the Shaninka International Department.

What do trainees do?
- Help with the preparation and design of advertising materials, maintain social networks and blogs in English or any other foreign language, translate news, announcements; participate in the recruitment of foreign students and listeners in the call center, advise foreign applicants during the online Open Days; participate as organizers and assistants at international events; help with the cultural and social adaptation of foreign students, and can also offer their projects for implementation.


Some people ask, why study abroad at all? Why participate in online mobility or practice remotely? What is the value of such an experience, be it in the form of a trip abroad or virtual participation? Let's try to answer these questions:

  • The opportunity to see the world, and show yourself. When you travel for a week or a semester, your experience is not limited to classes in the classroom of a foreign university - you can visit local museums, attractions, enjoy a new culture, cuisine and worldview. You will be able to better understand the local culture and at the same time tell about yours.
  • Understand what is being taught there. With online or offline mobility, you also get acquainted with a new educational model, the teaching style that is adopted in this country and culture. This gives you the opportunity to understand how deeply or superficially certain topics are studied at your university. You can often even come across opposite opinions on different issues!
  • Improve language skills. Even if you go to a conference, a course of lectures in Psychology or an included study for a semester - in any case, this offline or online trip will help you improve your English or second foreign language skills. Only in a completely different environment, where there is no one to clarify something in Russian (except for Google, of course), you can overcome the internal barrier and start communicating freely and easily.
  • Become more attractive to employers. The times are passing when employers look at work records and gold medals. Now, no matter how old you are, if you are active, you can show and prove what effective skills you have - you become more and more attractive to employers. Internships and practices abroad quite often become the most decisive factor during job interviews. The more interesting your previous experience, the better your recommendations from the places where you did your internship, the more likely you are to get the very ideal place to work.
  • New acquaintances, networking and self-determination. Nothing helps in the modern world like networking. In foreign internships and practices, you can meet people who can become close friends, colleagues, mentors, assistants for you: those who can drastically change your life and self-image. This is an opportunity to gain new experience, perspective and an impetus for both personal and professional growth.
  • Continue your studies abroad. If after graduating from MSSES you want to continue your studies in a magistracy or get a PhD / MBA abroad, then it is worth showing your readiness to study and activity while still in a bachelor’s degree. Foreign partners of the MSSES are happy to consider our graduates for admission to their universities, but for those universities with whom we do not cooperate directly, internship and practice abroad will become one of the main factors that will show them your motivation.
  • There are 1000 more reasons why online or offline experience is so important, but each may have their own reasons. Are you ready to discover a whole new world and new possibilities?

Contact Us

Тел.: 8 (495) 150-80-91 (доб. 66)