Lomonosov Moscow State University


Language of instruction


Moscow State University is one of the oldest Russian institutions of higher education, established in 1755. Today, it is ranked within the Top 200 universities worldwide. MSU’s campus on Lenin Hills is home to the imposing and magnificent Main Building. The central 32-storey section was the first building over 200m tall in Russia.

Moscow is the northernmost and coldest megacity on Earth, with a population of over 12 million!

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–June
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–December

Exchange to MSU is available in UQ Semester 1 only.

View the MSU academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

MSU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

  • B Arts
    The student exchange programme to MSU was an academically rewarding experience that gave me the chance to spend time in a fascinating country.
  • B Business Management/Arts
    Semester 1, 2019
  • Bachelor of International Studies
    Semester 1, 2018
    If you’re ever in Russia and you see something strange that you don’t understand, ask the nearest Russian about it. The answer is always the same: ‘this is Russia’. But the only way for you to truly understand what that means, is to go to Russia!

Full-time study load

12–16 academic hours per week at MSU is equivalent to a full-time study load at UQ.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at MSU.

Find courses

Search the MSU course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English


Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Moscow State University operates 7 student dormitories, each with different facilities and pricing. The University seeks to provide a place in one of these dormitories for all who need it, however, spaces ultimately depend on room availability.

Cost of living

Your expenses while studying do depend on your lifestyle, however, Study in Russia has a guide to the average cost of living while studying in Russia. MSU also provides a guide to your initial enrollment expenses.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

UQ-Prokhorov Scholarship available for exchanges in 2019, 2020 and 2021. No additional application is necessary: UQ students who apply for exchange by the appropriate Global Experiences deadline will be automatically considered for this scholarship.



Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

MSU provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the General of the Russian Federation for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.