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National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute)

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The history of the began with the foundation in 1942 of the Moscow Mechanical Institute of Ammunition. The leading Russian nuclear university MEPhI was later established there and top Soviet scientists, including the head of the Soviet atomic project Igor Kurchatov, played a part in its development and formation. Six Nobel Prize winners have worked at MEPhI over the course of its history – Nikolay Basov, Andrei Sakharov, Nikolay Semenov, Igor Tamm, Ilya Frank and Pavel Cherenkov.

Today, is one of the leading research universities of Russia, training engineers and scientists in over 200 fields, including:

  • Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies;
  • Radiation and beam technologies;
  • Medical physics and nuclear medicine;
  • Superconductivity and controlled thermonuclear fusion;
  • Ecology and biophysics;
  • Information security.

In addition, future managers, experts and analysts in the fields of management, engineering economics, nuclear law and international scientific and technological cooperation study at MEPhI.

Programmes at MEPhI:

  • Meet international education standards.

    Since 2014, the university has been implementing standards of the CDIO Initiative for modernising engineering training in higher education. The standards aim to improve the quality of the next generation of engineering graduates and are also used by leading world universities such as Stanford University, California State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Are accredited by the Federation of National Engineering Associations and Agency for Accreditation of Engineering Education Programmes.

    Are accredited by the Federation of National Engineering Associations and Agency for Accreditation of Engineering Education Programmes.

    A graduate who studied under an accredited programme and has the necessary professional experience can obtain the rank (international certificate) of Euroengineer.

    Student Successes

    Graduates of NRNU MEPhI are in demand in Russia and abroad. They work at CERN, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Julich Research Centre (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH), the Institute of High Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation and in over 100 leading scientific centres around the world.

    Students of the often move into top managerial roles, consulting or expert analysis in the fields of management, engineering economics, nuclear law and international scientific and technological cooperation. 

    prides itself on the high calibre of its alumni and current students. Famous graduates include: 

  • Basov Nikolai - Outstanding Soviet physicist. Nobel Prize Winner (1964). One of the founders of quantum electronics and laser physics. Developer and creator of the first lasers in the world.
  • Mikhailov Victor - Russian nuclear physicist. One of the developers of Soviet nuclear weapons. Founder of scientific school. RAS Academician. Served as long-time head of the Russian nuclear weapons complex. Led Ministry for Atomic Energy of Russia (1992-1998). Laureate of the International Sholokhov Literary Prize.
  • Rumyantzev Alexander - Research physicist and RAS Academician. Outstanding scientist and statesman of the Russian Federation. Led the Ministry for Atomic Energy of Russia (2001-2004) and the Federal Agency on Atomic Energy (2004-2005).
  • Anatoly Larkin - Academician of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Leading specialist in the field of solid state physics and nuclear physics.
  • Lev Okun - RAS Academician. Leading specialist in the field of physics of elementary particles.
  • Viktor Galitskiy - Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, theoretical physicist, founder of Green's functions applications in many-body problems. Headed the largest Soviet programme in the search for superdense nuclei.
  • Lev Ryabev - Outstanding statesman. Minister of Medium Machine Engineering of the USSR (1986-1989), First Deputy Minister of Russia for Nuclear Energy (1993-2002).
  • Yuri Kagan - Academician of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR and RAS. Graduate of MEPhI's first ever cohort. Outstanding physicist and theorist. Founder of new fields in solid state physics – quantum diffusion, Mossbauer effect and the theory of phase transitions near absolute zero.
  • Georgiy Rykovanov - Research supervisor of the Russian Federal Nuclear Centre in Snezhinsk, one of the current managers of Russia's nuclear weapons complex.
  • Sergey Avdeev - Astronaut, completed 3 space flights. For a long time, he held the world record for longest time spent in space, and completed many space walks.
  • Nikolay Rukavishnikov - Astronaut, completed 3 space flights.
  • Nikolay Ponomarev-Stepnoy - Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, leading specialist in the field of nuclear energy.
  • And many others.

    MEPhI students are guaranteed the following:

    • A credit-based and modular study system (study programme consists of modules and units).
    • A student can devise their own individual trajectory and take some of the modules at a partner university with established joint educational programmes. The ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is used; upon completion of studies, an appendix to the European diploma indicating the number of credits and grades on the ESTS scale in each subject may be issued to a student.
    • Internships at distinguished academic centres and laboratories around the world.
    • Double degree programmes.
    • International academic mobility programmes.

    Student life is not only end-of-term assignments and exams. It opens up the possibility to make incredible breakthroughs, to implement ingenious ideas, to make unique discoveries! To make dreams come true the Associated Student Body (ASB), established in MEPhI, strives to help students. Te ASB is composed of the best student representatives and for four years in a row, it gains a victory in the Contest of Development Programs for student associations’ activity organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

    Support of International Students

    International students are assisted in getting settled in the dormitory and filling out documents for their stay in Russia, etc.

    In addition, there is an adaptation programme for first year students, the MEPhI: User Guide, which familiarises new students with the history and traditions of the university. In includes getting to know the group, extracurricular activities, and training in leadership, team building, etc.

    Everyday Life of International Students

    International students are provided rooms in one of the MEPhI's comfortable dormitories (apartment, central corridor or modular type), located within walking distance of the university. Rooms usually accommodate 2-3 persons. Each student is provided with a set of furniture (table, chair, cabinet, bedside table, bed, etc.). Internet in the dormitory is provided for free. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the buildings, and wired internet is connected in central corridor rooms and apartment style dormitories.

    A laundry, reading room, canteen and gym are available in all dormitories. All dormitories have security staff.

    Leisure and Sport There

    In addition to the exciting studies under the guidance of leading Russian and foreign teachers, students at our University are enjoying a bright student life, full of impressions. The university has a Joint Student Council, with more than 200 annual projects and 45 student associations under its aegis:

    • MEPHI inside - Adaptation program for first-year students at the University. The program includes information about training activities, infrastructure, territory, schedule of classes, extracurricular activities, as well as familiarity with the group, exercises on teambuilding and leadership. The main part consists of information about the history and traditions of the University.
    • squadron movement;
    • media centere (design and photo studios, radio and TV);
    • volunteer program;
    • student cultural centre;
    • student scientific society;
    • development of University campus;
    • student sport.

    Research and innovation activities, students’ self-government, creative teams, construction teams, volunteer movement, participation in sports, the opportunity to try out the role of a journalist, a TV or radio-presenter — the University creates all favorable conditions for strengthening creative potential of students. Have you already made a choice?

    • Dormitory Council

    • Volunteer movement “Good Works service”

    • Volunteers team «Anzer”

    • Construction teams

    • Young teachers team

    • Ecological Association «ECO-MEPhI»

    • Student Television «Gamma-TV»

    • Student Radio «Impulse»

    • Editorial team of the website MEPhISTUDENT

    • International Friendship Club “MEPhI Unity”

    • Students Scientific Society (SSS)

    • Youth Engineering Center

    • Club “What? Where? When?”

    • Debates Club

    • Patriotic Club “Allegiance”

    • Historic Reenactment Club “VIRM»

    • Club «Design Laboratory”

    • Center for cultural projects

    • League of KVN

    • Academic Male Choir

    • Students Song Club (SSC)

    • Chamber Choir CarpeDiem

    • Vocal Studio QuantodiStella

    • Poetry Club

    • Dance Group “ESTA”

    • Rock-Laboratory

    • Team of Dramatic Sketches

    ” Studio D.T.P.”

    • Student Teater of Pop Sketches

    • “Eighth Creative Association (ECA)

    • And many others.

    International Students Dormitories

    Is there a dormitory for international students at the university?

    Student housing consists of dormitory suite style housing and shared apartments:

    • in Moscow  - Apartment Shares (double room within a shared apartment);

    • in Obninsk - Dormitory-Style Room (A room within a suite of rooms, either double or triple).

    Is the dormitory far from academic buildings?In Moscow, the dormitory is located within walking distance from the academic buildings (10-20 min). In Obninsk, dormitories are located in the city center, a 20-minute drive from the institute. You can get there either by specially allocated buses or by various types of public transport: buses and shuttle buses run to the educational buildings.

    How many people live in one room?Most students are housed in double and triple rooms.

    Where are the facilities situated (shower, WC)?

    In Moscow, bathroom is in each apartment.

    In Obninsk there are three sections in each block of dormitories. Each section has a shower, toilet and two sinks. Students share kitchens, bathrooms, and other common areas.

    Where is the kitchen situated? Is it equipped with home appliances and utensils

    In Moscow dormitories there is a kitchen with a fridge, furniture and an oven in an each apartment.

    In Obninsk dormitories there is a kitchen in every block equipped with 2 ovens,  2 kitchen hood, as well as with sinks and furnished ( tables and chairs).

    What does university provide for students when they move in?Each room is equipped with all necessary furniture and appliances. Students are given bedding, towels. Weekly, the bed linen is changed.

    Is there Wi-Fi at the dormitory?Dormitories have free Wi-Fi.

    Does the dorm building have additional facilities?In the Moscow dormitory there is a gym, a snack cafe, a library hall, a laundry room. In Obninsk, dormitories are also equipped with special rooms for washing and drying clothes; in walking distance is the MEPhI sports complex.

    What is the monthly fee for dormitory?
    Monthly fee for Moscow dormitories is 600 rubles, for Obninsk dormitories it is 500 rubles.

    Admission within the quota of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation:

    Foreign citizens and stateless persons have the right to higher education at the expense of budgetary allocations under the Russian Federation Government quota for education of foreign citizens and stateless persons (Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation dated October 8, 2013 № 891).

    For information about getting a scholarship in the framework established by the Government of the Russian Federation on education quota for foreign citizens and stateless persons you should contact  the offices of Rossotrudnichestvo abroad and (or) the Ministry of Education of the country of residence.

    For more information about admission under a quota, visit the website of the .  

    1. After receiving the approval notice from the offices of Rossotrudnichestvo abroad and (or) the Ministry of Education of the country of residence and after getting student visa (for countries with visa regime) foreign citizen (with lack knowledge of Russian) should notify the employee of University about the date of arrival (exact time - exact place) in 5 days prior to arrival for meeting and accommodation. The cost of living in the dormitory is 600 rubles per month.
    2. Within three working days after arrival at the place of sojourn in the Russian Federation, a foreign citizen must register in the Migration office (Room # G-106) and take out health insurance (Room # G-201). The cost of health insurance in 2017 is 7500 rubles per year.
    3. To obtain a student multiple visa (for countries with visa regime), the foreign citizen should come to the Room # G-106 at least 30 days before his /her valid visa expiration. Visa validity period settled according to enrolment contract. The cost of State fees in 2017 is 1600 rubles.
    4. Within three working days after arrival at the place of sojourn in the Russian Federation, a foreign citizen must register in the Migration office (Room # G-106) every time after crossing the border. Any violation of the present rules is subject to the following measures: fine, administrative expulsion or deportation.

    World-class scientific centres are long-standing foreign partners of the university: European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN, Switzerland), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL, USA), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL, USA), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL, USA), Enrico Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab, USA), the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY, Germany), Institute of Astrophysics of the Max Planck Society (Germany), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF, Grenoble, France), the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER, France), the Academic Medical Centre (the Netherlands), the High Energy Accelerator Research Organisation (KEK, Japan), the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN, Italy) and others.

    MEPhI participates successfully in major scientific collaborations: ALAS ALICE on the large hadron collider (CERN), STAR and PHENIX (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA), GLUEX (Jefferson Laboratory, USA), FAIR (Germany), BELLE, BELL II and ILC (Japan), NA 61/ SHINE (CERN), and DARKSIDE (Italy). In 2014-2015, it took part in new collaborations with CMS, AMANDA, SHIP and ICECUBE. In addition, MEPhI participates in major scientific collaborations at the DESY synchrotron centre, Russian-Italian collaboration in the PAMELA and ARINA experiments, the Russian-European experiments KORONAS and PHOTON, and the international experimental thermonuclear reactor ITER.

    Among Russian organisations, strategic partners of MEPhI in the sphere of high technologies, ensuring world-class research and development, include: Rosatom State Corporation, Joint Institute of Nuclear Research (OIJaI) (Dubna), OJSC TVEL, National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute, OJSC Sukhoi Company TRINITI (Troitsk), P.N. Lebedev Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Nuclear Safety Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences( JIHT), Federal State Unitary Enterprise Russian Federal Nuclear Centre All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics (RFNC ARRIEP), IPG IRE-Polus, Ministry of Industry and Trade of RF, NRC The Kurchatov Institute, Joint Stock Company Radio Engineering Corporation Vega, FSUE RPC Istok, Federal Financial Monitoring Service, CJSC Moscow Centre of Spark Technologies (MCST), LLC Accord-TSHM and others.

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    Total students - 6,489


    International students - 1,542


    Total faculty staff - 1,120


    Total students - 6,489


    International students - 1,542


    Total faculty staff - 1,120



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