The Middlebury College School in Russia Graduate Program is based at the Russian State University of the Humanities(RGGU), arguably one of the most progressive institutions of higher education in Russia. Established in 1991 on the site of the former Historical Archives Institute, the university has taken advantage of many of the freedoms available in post-Soviet Russia and has developed a curriculum and educational philosophy which distinguish it from many of its counterparts in the country.
The university now comprises nine institutes, eleven faculties, twenty scientific and teaching centers, eight scientific laboratories and fifty-two departments. More than four thousand undergraduate students are enrolled at RGGU each year, along with 200 graduate students (кандидат level) and fifteen doctoral candidates (доктор наук).
Graduate students are allowed to take a maximum of three courses at RGGU specially designed for Middlebury graduate students, into which only those students are admitted. The rest of the courses must be “mainstream” courses, in which Middlebury graduate students are in class with Russian students regularly enrolled at RGGU.
This cosmopolitan city is at the heart of Russia's political and cultural life. Fast moving and vibrant, yet still connected to traditional ways of life, Moscow is a center of urban sophistication that is home to an international business community of more than 100,000.