The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages / Moscow State Linguistic University

MSLU at a Glance

University at a glance:

What is now the Moscow State Linguistic University (abbreviated to MSLU in English or MGLU in Russian) went by a number of names in the past. It started out as the Moscow Institute for Modern Languages, then was renamed 1st Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages. Later on it was named after Maurice Thorez, to become the Maurice Thorez Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages. Today it is known as the Moscow State Linguistic University.

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Brief timeline:

1930: Moscow Institute for Modern Languages is founded by decree of the People's Commissariat for Education of the Russian Federative Soviet Republic. Its first rector is Olga Anikst.

1939: The Institute moves into the building in Ostozhenka Street, which in the 18th century was the residence of Moscow's Governor General, Gen. Pyotr Eropkin.

1941: The Institute's building becomes the headquarters of the Frunzenskaya 5th Division of civilian militia to help defend Moscow against the Nazi invasion. Most of the division died in the trenches, others fought valiantly throughout the war. Their memory was later commemorated with a memorial wall and a monument in front of the University building.

1964: The Institute is named after Maurice Thorez (1900–1964), a leader of the communist and labour movement in France, General Secretary of the French Communist party in 1930–1964.

1980: On its 50th anniversary, the Maurice Thorez Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages is decorated with the order of People’s Friendship for outstanding achievement in research and in the training of highly skilled specialists.

1990: The Institute becomes the Moscow State Linguistic University.

MSLU Today:

Today, the University teaches 36 languages. More than 75% of its teaching staff have advanced academic degrees. The University annually publishes an average of 200 research monographs, manuals and textbooks for Russian schools, colleges and universities. MSLU academics have developed unique teaching and research tools (Lingua, Glossa, Spectrum 121, Signal-InYaz, Intonograph, and others) for which they have received prizes, medals and patents at international exhibitions at home and abroad. The University maintains partnership relations with 94 leading universities in 35 countries, thus providing opportunities for international student exchanges and dual degrees.

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MSLU has an extensive system of continuing education, spanning all ages and qualifications from secondary school-level linguistic lyceum to university and advanced training facilities. Full-time higher education includes 4-year bachelor programmes followed by 2-year master programmes, in keeping with the Bologna Declaration. The University also offers opportunities for obtaining a second degree in linguistics.

MSLU is a focus institution for language and culture studies.

MSLU is involved in international educational projects together with the following organisations:

  • UNESCO
  • Council of Europe
  • European Commission
  • European Centre for Modern Languages

MSLU is a member of:

  • International Federation of Teachers of Modern Languages (FIPLV)
  • International Federation of Teachers of French
  • International Association of Teachers of German (IDV)
  • International Federation of Associations of Teachers of Spanish (FIAPE)
  • International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • European Association of Universities (EUA)
  • International Federation of Translators (FIT)
  • European Language Council (CELEC)
  • Conférence Internationale Permanente d'Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CUITI)
  • Russian Council for International Affairs