The joint MGIMO University International Law Faculty and the Swiss School for International Relations program


Students have the opportunity to develop professional thinking in an intercultural environment and to gain skills with the graduates of Western European law schools. This training is necessary to become a successful professional in a highly competitive world of international legal services.

The International and Comparative Law program is much more than a standard training program. The Bachelor's program allows students not only to acquire formal legal knowledge in the field of international law, but also to have opportunities to put this knowledge into practice throughout their studies. This is the best decision you can make for your professional future.
Gennady Tolstopyatenko
The Program Scientific Director

MGIMO University International Law Faculty Dean


The joint-degree program in “International and Comparative Law” enables students to receive a Bachelor of Laws simultaneously from the MGIMO University and Swiss School for International Relations. This partnership provides an integrated education combining two strong programs that complement each other and enhances the employability of students in the international job market.

Typically, students spend the first semester at MGIMO (Moscow) and, then, alternate each next two semesters between Swiss School for International Relations (Geneva) and MGIMO. The last semester of the fourth year with final exams is spent at MGIMO. During the fourth and final year of study, students have a possibility to do an internship in Geneva, in international and non-governmental organizations and law firms.

Our program offers a rare opportunity to combine a classic law degree from one of the best Russian universities with the finest Swiss and European legal education.

The foundational learning of the classic four-year curriculum is taught in Geneva and Moscow by the MGIMO University’s faculty members, leading scholars in their fields of study. Starting from the third year, students take advantage of the specialization courses taught in Geneva in English by lecturers from Swiss and European universities. Our faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching and dedicated to the classroom whose average size is very small.

The joint-degree program is preparing our students today for the professional challenges of tomorrow. We value intellectual curiosity and are committed to providing our students with the skills and experiences they need to be successful in the ever-changing legal marketplace. Our students are able to work in an international environment in three languages. This unique program is designed to provide a deep understanding of International law and Comparative law for careers in government, law, non-profit, and private sectors.

A successful graduate is awarded two Bachelor’s degrees:

■ Swiss diploma – LLB in International and Comparative Law from Swiss School for International Relations
■ Russian Diploma – LLB in International and Comparative Law from MGIMO University


The joint MGIMO International Law Faculty and the Swiss School for International Relations "International and Comparative Law " program shall include:

Lectures delivered by leading MGIMO, Swiss or European University professors, international organizations or bank representatives, law firm partners or corporation CEOs

16 hours of English and French per week with native-speaking teachers reaching the B2/C1 level, as well as continuous language practice in an international environment

Internships with international organizations, corporations, banks or law firms in Switzerland, EU or Russia

Individual approach to each student and career guidance services

A unique opportunity to live and study in the Lake Geneva region with an exceptional quality of life and a high density of global governance actors

First-hand knowledge about international policies through lectures at the UN, WIPO, WTO, IOC, the Swiss federal Parliament etc. as well as educational trips to Lausanne, Fribourg, Bern, Zurich, Strasbourg, the Hague, Vienna, etc.

Access to unique author-led professionally oriented courses developed by experts in language training for international lawyers: Legal English and Français Juridique


The tuition shall be patterned on Bologna rules generally aimed at the students and tutors' mobility increase, as well as strengthening the links between the European and world universities.

The tuition shall be based on a modular principle with continuous (for a few weeks) study of a subject followed by a pass | fail or exam. Then a new subject is taken up. Simultaneously with the aforementioned the students have intensive English and French studies. From the third year a number of subjects shall be taught in English. There also will be professionally - oriented Legal English and Français Juridique courses.

Foreign Languages

Foreign languages are essential to any modern professional training. Our goal is not limited to just giving basic knowledge of a foreign language but raising a professional ready to use the respective skills.

Within the whole term in Geneva a student shall intensively study English and French pursuant to the programs developed by international law language instruction experts, the MGIMO and the Swiss School for International Relations leading professors, finally achieving the B2 | C1 level.

Starting in their third year, students have core legal subjects taught in English by teachers from Swiss and European universities and representatives of international organizations based in Geneva. In addition, we invite legal practitioners from leading financial institutions, law firms and international corporations for optional lectures in English.

Simultaneously, students have an opportunity to enhance their practical legal English and legal French skills through the courses of Legal English and Français Juridique. These professionally oriented courses are aimed at enabling students to comprehend commercial legal vocabulary, negotiate deals, draft and amend contracts and write opinions and formal letters professionally and accurately.

Internship & Practical Training

Practical training is part of education, a chance to apply and strengthen one's skills in real life. Our student shall have a unique opportunity of training not only in Russia but in Switzerland and the EU as well. We have established a wide training base with such organizations and companies as:

In the course of studies a student shall visit various international organizations, meet working lawyers and visit such prominent "International law capitals" as Strasbourg, Vienna and the Hague.

The main purpose of the education trip to Strasbourg shall be getting familiar with the European and international system of human rights protection, as well as the European Union law.

The trip agenda shall include lectures at the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the European Parliament, as well as attending a hearing at the ECHR Grand Chamber.


Training is conducted on a contractual basis.

Admission to the joint MGIMO University International Law Faculty and the Swiss School for International Relations "International and Comparative Law" program, is based on the following Unified State Exams:

■ Foreign language,

■ Social Studies,

■ Russian language,

without additional entrance exams.

You can consult the admission rules on the MGIMO website.

Почти 90 выпускников продолжили свое обучение и карьеру в Швейцарии.
Более 30 из них получили швейцарский паспорт.


Более 200 выпускников - востребованных высококлассных специалистов, занимающих посты в корпорациях, швейцарских юридических бюро и банках, органах государственной власти России, таких как:


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Gennady Tolstopyatenko
The Program Scientific Director, First Vice Rector
MGIMO University International Law Faculty Dean
+7 495 234 84 74 (Dean’s Office)

Nataliya Ponomareva
Director of educational programs
Swiss School for International Relations 41 79 937 68 45 (WhatsApp)