Moscow Aviation Institute. Acquaintance

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master’s programs
programs taught in a foreign language
international students from 70+ countries

MAI trains specialists in aeronautical engineering, rocket and space technology, engine manufacturing, IT, robotics, power engineering, new materials, etc. The rate of graduate employment by occupation is 80 %.

Moscow Aviation Institute enrolls more and more talented and motivated young people from all over the world. Over the last five years, it has increased its international student enrollment by more than 2.5 times. Moscow Aviation Institute is one of the few universities in Russia offering educational programs in English.

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Tuition fees per year

Bachelor’s programs 4,400 — 6,000 USD
Master’s programs 5,500 — 6,000 USD
PhD programs 7,000 USD

MAI is one of the state-funded enrollment leaders among Russian technical universities. Over 3,690 state-funded students were enrolled in 2021.

Bachelor’s programs 1,910+
Master’s programs 870+
Specialist’s programs 900+

Fields of study

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aircraft Engines
  • Rocket Systems and Astronautics
  • Control in Engineering Systems
  • Radio Engineering
  • Information and Communication Technologies and Communication Systems
  • Bioengineering Systems and Technologies
  • Electric Power Engineering and Electrical Engineering
  • Motion Control Systems and Navigation
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Materials Science and Technology
  • Ballistics and Hydroaerodynamics

Pre-University Training

  • Pre-university Foundation Program in Russian-medium

Subjects: Russian language, mathematics, physics
Tuition fee 3,000 USD

  • Pre-university Foundation Program in English-medium

Subjects: mathematics, physics, computer science, technical drawing, technical English, Russian language
Tuition fee 3,500 USD

Admission Office for foreign citizens

+7 925 579-75-89 (WhatsApp/Telegram)
+7 499 158-00-27 (CIS countries) (other countries)

MAI is a leading high-tech Russian university creating technologies that determine its tomorrow’s image and training leaders able to work with them today.

Over 3,000 students are engaged in the university research.

Priority Research Areas

  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Space Systems
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Additive Technologies
  • Electrification of Engineering Systems
  • High-technology Products Service
  • Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Internet of Things
  • Composite Materials
  • Propulsion and Power Plants
  • Electric Jet Engines
  • Hypersonic technologies
  • Robotization

Student Achievements

  • Successful participation in various engineering and professional competitions
  • Prizes in international Olympiads, student congresses, champion’s titles in aeromodeling, medals of the Academy of Sciences, and many other awards
  • Multiple gold medalists in the WorldSkills Russia championship in the Space Systems Engineering competency, winners in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems category

Student Design Bureaus

MAI has five student design bureaus that implement real-life research and design projects. Nine small satellites designed by one of them successfully do their tasks in Earth’s orbit.

Unique Environment

  • The university has unique laboratory facilities such as full-scale equipment samples, including planes, helicopters, rockets, as well as robotics, avionics, and radar systems
  • Scientific projects in integrated design and mathematical modeling, unmanned aerial vehicles, propulsion and power plants, electrification of engineering systems, hypersound technologies, artificial intelligence, BigData, Internet of Things, high-technology engineering service, additive technologies, composite materials, as well as robotization
  • The Iskra student space design bureau designs small satellites and launches them into space. It has launched a total of nine small satellites designed by several teams of MAI's student design bureaus
Prawinan Tawarasa, Sri Lanka. MAI’s first-year student

I am inspired by the biography of famous Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. I’ve always wanted to become an aircraft engineer. But, to my deep regret, my country doesn’t offer aeronautical engineering education.

International Associations

  • CDIO
  • International Astronautical Federation
  • International Council on Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS)
  • PEGASUS — European Group of Aeronautics and Space Universities
  • European Aerospace Cluster Partnership
  • Association of Sino-Russian Technical Universities
  • The Union of Machine Engineers of Russia
  • Association "Defense Enterprises Assistance League"
  • Association of Leading Russian Universities
  • Consortium of Aerospace Universities of Russia
  • Association for Engineering Education of Russia
  • Association of Moscow Universities
  • Association of Russian Technical Universities
  • Federation of Cosmonautics of Russia

Targeted Master’s Program

  • Design of Aircraft Structures Made from Polymer Composites
  • Aircraft Design
  • Product Lifecycle Management Technologies in Modern Aircraft Design

Implementation in cooperation with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. > 230 students from Russia and China are pursuing this program.

Double Degree Programs

English-taught Master’s programs implemented jointly with Chinese universities

  • Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Beihang University)
  • Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Zhejiang University
  • Shenyang Aerospace University
  • Northwestern Polytechnic University
  • Harbin Institute of Technology
Alexey Zarechensky, Deputy Head of MAI's International Department

Russian engineering school is well known and highly valued all over the world, and MAI’s study programs are in high demand abroad. To study at a university in a distant country with a different climate, language and culture is not an easy step for foreign applicants. And they choose us deliberately and consciously because, no matter which country people plan to build their further career in, they realize that being a graduate of MAI means being in demand among employers anywhere in the world.


  • MAI campus is a uniquely dynamic environment that has everything you need for professional, creative and sports development
  • MAI campus has nine comfortable dormitories and life amenities
  • MAI dormitory fee is 90 USD per month
  • Students live in 2-3 person dormitory rooms with a shared bathroom. The kitchen is on the floor
  • There are over 20 cafés, canteens and buffets on campus
  • Health insurance is 150 USD
  • Arriving students are met at the airport. They are offered a shuttle to the dormitory
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