Estimated Expenses

The tuition for the Spring 2022 online semester is $4500 (US).

We hope to return to the usual in-person semesters in the near future. Estimates for lodging, meals, transportation, textbooks, and other ancillary costs for an offline semester can be found below.

Lodging

The rent for rooms at the dormitory is approximately $45 per month (subject to exchange rates); utilities are included. This rate assumes two students to a room.

Meals

There is a popular cafeteria in the main university building that is very inexpensive: $5 for lunch. Restaurants in Moscow can be rather expensive, but a business lunch in a restaurant or a three-course meal in a cafeteria typically costs about $10-15. The dormitory also comes equipped with a kitchen area, so you are free to cook for yourself as well.

Textbooks

We have published lecture notes of our most popular courses. You can purchase them at our bookstore for approximately $5 each. For other courses, there are typically one or two recommended textbooks. You should expect to spend at most $300 in total on textbooks.

Other expenses

Living costs in Moscow are moderate. A monthly transit pass, permitting almost unlimited use of all public transportation (metro, bus, trolleybus, tram) costs about $50 (this is further reduced to about $8 with your student ID card, but it may be up to a month before this is ready). Travelling from the airport to the dormitory is free, but on the way back, it will cost approximately $7 by train, or about $30 by taxi.

There are numerous theaters, concert halls, and museums in Moscow. A rather good ticket to the Bolshoi theater costs about $100-150. Reasonable seating at other theaters can be had for about $20-50. Movie tickets cost about $10. Admission to museums and exhibition halls typically costs between $5-20.

In summary, we estimate the cost of living in Moscow for four months to be:

Expense Description Cost
housing + meals $2700
local transportation $200
museums, theaters, etc. $400
textbooks $300
St-Petersburg, Suzdal trips, Moscow excursion $800
miscellaneous $300
Total living expenses $4700
tuition $9000
Total: tuition+living $13700

Note that the transportation to and from Moscow should be added to the budget.