Exchange Students



Information for the exchange students

Visas & admission

i. Obtain your Russian visa

In order to obtain russian visa you will need an official invitation from a higher education institution. If you are willing to apply to SIEFLT, do not hesitate to contact our international department via e-mail and request any support needed. The address you are looking for is internation@gief.ru. After receiving your invitation make sure that the spelling of your name is correct, it is crucial for following procedures.

ii. Register as soon as you arrive

Let us know the date of your arrival, so we could make it as comfortable as possible. You have to apply for the registration within 3 days after your arrival to Russia. If you stay at the SIEFLT students dormitory, our passport specialist will do it for you. They must take scans of the student's: 

+ passport (ID page + visa page) 
+ migration card

 iii. migration card

It is very important to keep the migration card that you received when entered Russia
This document has to be presented at the passport control when you leave, please, keep the original migration card with you.

You need to obtain a migration card and re-apply for registration every time when you return to Russia.

 

Academic Calendar

In Russia academic calendar traditionally consists of two semesters:

First (autumn or fall) semester starts on the 1st of September

Second (spring) semester typically starts on the 15th of February

The end of each semester there is intended for module and semester testings.

Official holidays of The Russian Federation:

January 1-6, 8             New Year’s Vacation

January 7th                  Christmas

February 23rd              Defender of the Motherland Day

March 8th                    International Women’s Day

May 1st                      Spring and Labor Celebration

May 9th                      Victory Day

June 12th                    Russia Day

November 4th                        Civil Unity Day

 

Courses at SIEFLT

 

1.Business Ethics

Extent and intensity

  • 4 ECTS

Lecturer

  • Professor Elena Korchagina, doctor of science

Prerequisites

  • Students enrolled in this course should be able to understand and speak English on the Intermediate level

Overview & Learning outcomes

  • All of us, regardless of whether we are leaders or subordinates in our professional activities face many ethical dilemmas. That is why knowledge of basic ethical principles and methods of ethical dilemmas solving is essential for anyone who wants to make ethical decisions, follow the rules of professional ethics and to be a socially responsible citizen. The main objectives of the course are the following: expanding knowledge and understanding of ethical decision making approaches; acquiring skills of classification and identification of priority groups of stakeholders; improving skills of ethical issues analysis and evaluating their impact on companies’ image and reputation; developing skills of analyzing social and sustainability reports.

Syllabus

  • Business Ethics module focuses on theoretical study of moral principles and their application in the process of professional and business decision making. A special emphasis will be made on the issue of corporate social and environmental responsibility as well as business impact on the global sustainable development.

Literature

  • No mandatory literature required.

Teaching Methods

  • The course consists of lectures and seminars. The seminars include students’ individual and group presentations, problems solving, case analysis. At the end of the course the final test is provided.

Assessment Methods

  • Students’ progress will be measured by coursework assessment (60% of the final grade) and written examination - 2 hour exam (40% of the final grade). Students’ coursework assessment consists of classroom activities (30%), assessment of an individual project (40%) and a test (30%).

Language of Instruction

  • English

 

2.Business English

Extent and intensity

  • 7 ECTS

Lecturer

  • Olga Nalitkina, PhD, associate professor

Prerequisites

  • Students enrolled in this course should be able to understand and speak English on at least the Intermediate level

 

3.Marketing Basics

Extent and intensity

  • 6 ECTS

Lecturer

  • Professor Elena Korchagina, doctor of science

Prerequisites

  • Students enrolled in this course should be able to understand and speak English on the Intermediate level

Overview & Learning outcomes

  • Marketing is the art and science of creating customer value and market place exchanges that benefit the organization and its stakeholders. In this module students will study different marketing management aspects such as segmentation, targeting, positioning, marketing mix (product, place, promotion and price), customer value and branding. A special emphasis will be made on marketing planning, market research and competitive analysis.
  • Expanding knowledge and understanding of marketing approach to the management; improving skills of market research and competitive analysis; developing skills of formulating and evaluating marketing strategies; acquiring skills of marketing mix design.

Syllabus

  • Introduction to Marketing.
  • Marketing Environment.
  • Customer centricity.
  • Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning.
  • Marketing-mix.
  • Product Management.
  • Branding Strategy.
  • Pricing.
  • Promotion Management.
  • Placement.
  • Customer Relationship Management.
  • International Marketing.

Literature

Required

  • Shankar V., Carpenter G.S. (2012). Handbook of Marketing Strategy. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Recommended

  • Sherlekar S.A., Gordon E. (2009). Marketing Management. Himalaya Publishing House.
  • Strauss R.E. (2008). Marketing Planning by Design. Systematic Planning for Successful Marketing Strategy. Willey, England.
  • Karunakaran K. (2007). Marketing Management. Himalaya Publishing House.

Teaching Methods

  • The course consists of lectures (20 hours) and seminars (48 hours). The seminars include students’ individual and group presentations, problems solving, case analysis and the individual assignment (project).

Assessment Methods

  • Students’ progress will be measured by coursework assessment (60% of the final grade) and written examination - 2 hour exam (40% of the final grade). Students’ coursework assessment consists of classroom activities (30%), assessment of an individual project (40%) and a test (30%).

Language of Instruction

  • English

 

4. Russian as a Foreign Language at SIEFLT

Extent and intensity

  • 2 ECTS

Lecturer

  • Several instructors depending on chosen dates of the course

Prerequisites

  • Students enrolled in this course should be able to understand and speak English on the Intermediate level.

Overview & Learning outcomes

  • Russian language is considered to be one of the most complex among the existent. Nevertheless, it is spoken by at least 150 million people. Taking into account the difficulty, this particular course was not designed to give a comprehensive linguistic knowledge but to provide some very basics and to create a background needed for further study of Russian. Students will get used to russian speech, learn the alphabet and basic daily phrases.

Syllabus

  • Introduction to the course
  • Cyrillic alphabet
  • Sounds and basic pronunciation
  • Vocabulary extension
  • Standard phrases and their daily usage
  • Prospects of further learning

Literature

  • No mandatory literature is required

Teaching Methods

  • The seminars include students’ individual and group presentations, speaking practice, grammar exercises. At the end of the course the final test is provided.

Assessment Methods

  • Assessment: continuous, pencil and paper and computer-based written tests. Self-study and compulsory attendance.

Language of Instruction

  • English, Russian

 

5. Russian History and Culture at SIEFLT

Extent and intensity

  • 2 ECTS

Lecturer

  • Several instructors depending on chosen dates of the course

Prerequisites

  • Students enrolled in this course should be able to understand and speak English on the Intermediate level.

Overview & Learning outcomes

  • Each country's culture is not just a set of social practices, literature and arts. It is totally connected to the history, therefore it should be considered altogether. Culture is a prism through which particular people see the world around them - and we will follow the way of changing and developing of what they saw and see. The primary purpose of this course is to help students develop necessary analytical and interpretive skills to identify, compare, and analyze Russian cultural products, practices, and perspectives.
  • One of our main goal is to develop the ability to integrate (connect) the newly acquired information with your existing knowledge of various subject areas. Through comparison and contrast, discover patterns, make predictions, analyze, and interpret similarities and differences across cultures.

Syllabus

  • Introduction to the course
  • Christianity in Kievan Rus’
  • Moscow and "The Gathering of the Russian Lands"
  • Peter The Great and the modernization of Russia
  • Serfdom and its cancelling in Russia
  • The flame of revolution
  • Main takeaways from Soviet history
  • Russia after Soviet Union falling

Literature

  • Recommended: Thompson, John M. (2009 or later). Russian and the Soviet Union: A Historical Introduction from the Kievan State to the Present. Philadelphia: Westview Press. ISBN: 978-08133-4395-2.

Teaching Methods

  • The course consists of seminars and e-learning. The seminars include students’ individual and group presentations, group discussions and case study. At the end of the course the final presentation is assumed.

Assessment Methods

  • Assessment: continuous, pencil and paper and computer-based written tests. Self-study and compulsory attendance.
  • Attendance & participation - 50%
  • Case (discusion in groups) - 20%
  • Final presentation - 30%

Language of Instruction

  • English

6. Models of Planning in the International Firm

Extent and intensity

  • 4 ECTS

Lecturer

  • Irina Rogova, PhD, associate professor

Prerequisites

  • Students enrolled in this course should be able to understand and speak English on the Intermediate level.

Overview & Learning outcomes

Section 1. Preconditions for the formation of the international firm’s strategy

Topic 1. Globalization, international competition and internationalization of business.

Introduction to discipline. The world economy globalization . Competition in national and international markets. The strategy of business internationalization: prerequisites, motives, forms, inter-firm integration.

Group work - resource-oriented approach to the development of strategies: features of profit management and funds management
An individual independent task is to study the specifics of the application of the Hoxin Kanri systems, PDCA, organizational learning in international business.

Topic 2. Strategic decisions of MNEs on international activities.

The strategy of an international firm. Organization and management of the international activities of the firm. The choice of strategy of foreign operations of the firm.

Group work - Basics of Hoshin Kanri - built-in experiments, business memorandum of the XXI century, features of the formation of teams implementing strategies and progress reports.

Topic 3. Inter-firm integration and choice of international cooperation strategy.
Inter-firm integration in the context of the internationalization of company operations. Objectives of inter-company corporate integration. Strategy and forms of inter-firm cooperation in entering new markets.
Group work - Definition of strategic elements
Individual independent task - choice of the method of Portfolio analysis of business environment and selection and evaluation of forms of inter-firm cooperation

Section 2. The process of strategic planning in an international firm.
Topic 4. Evolution of strategic planning concepts.

Evolution of approaches to strategic management of an international firm. Systematic planning and control. Strategic positioning of the company and the value chain. Managing complex corporate structures and planning their activities.
An individual independent task is the study of schools of strategic management and methods of strategic planning of organizations' activity in a changing environment.

Topic 5. The cycle of the company's strategic planning: from the analysis of the external environment to the evaluation of results.

International firm’s strategic planning procedures. External business environment analysis. Defining the tasks of an international firm activity. Development of strategic alternatives and choice of strategy. Implementation of the strategy, monitoring of results and performance.

Group work - formation of goal-setting arrow for business, SWOT analysis and strategic planning

Topic 6. Organization and planning of the firm’s international activities.

The strategy of the international portfolio. Creation of a structure for managing the firm’s international activities. Functioning, corporate culture rules development. Staff selection and motivation. Cross-country comparisons.

Group work: medium-term strategy development, taking into account the definition of opportunities for "breakthroughs", the creation of a "bank of ideas"

Section 3. Organization of strategic planning and control in an international firm.

Topic 7. Forms and types of planning in an international firm.

Planning horizon. Short-term, medium-term and long-term plans. Strategic and operational planning, correlation with different levels of the corporate hierarchy in an international firm.

Group work - the formation of tactical projects and teams, operational projects and teams, teams of performers, approval of project plans for the strategic and tactical perspective.

Topic 8. Strategic planning systems for ICs.

Comparative comparison of strategic planning systems depending on the degree of centralization of strategic management decisions and the rigidity of control and coordination mechanisms. Specificity of planning in management structures such as "financial group", "conglomerate", "concern".

Group work is a cluster, as a self-organizing object is the basis for harmonizing a multilevel system of strategies.

Topic 9. Development and implementation of IC strategic plans.

The cycle of annual planning. Formal and informal planning. Distribution of resources, planning of capital investments. Budgeting and its types.
Group work - studying the mechanism of cyclic transformation of kinetic and potential energy in the organization

Topic 10. Functional plans of ICs: marketing, development and R & D, tax planning.
The concept of functional plans of an international firm. Marketing planning. Planning of R & D and development programs. Tax planning in the modern context.
Group work - identifying options for project plans to ensure the participation of employees in the implementation of the strategy and creating the conditions for the development of lean thinking.

Topic 11. Forms of control and coordination mechanisms in planning.
The mechanism of internal control in an international firm. Forms of control within the framework of strategic management. Comparative characteristics of forms of control and coordination mechanisms when planning in an international firm. Methods for evaluating the results and effectiveness of an international firm.
Individual independent task - determination of the mechanisms of institutionalization of the strategic planning system in the organization based on the selected IC/.

Teaching Methods

  • The course consists of seminars and e-learning. The seminars include students’ individual and group presentations, group discussions and case study. At the end of the course the final presentation is assumed.

Assessment Methods

  • Assessment: continuous, pencil and paper and computer-based written tests. Self-study and compulsory attendance.
  • Attendance & participation - 50%
  • Case (discusion in groups) - 20%
  • Final presentation - 30%

Language of Instruction

  • English

 

7. Integrated Business Structures in the Context of Globalization

Extent and intensity

  • 5 ECTS

Lecturer

  • Irina Rogova, PhD, associate professor

Prerequisites

  • Students enrolled in this course should be able to understand and speak English on the Intermediate level.

Overview & Learning outcomes

  1. The concept of integrated business in international business
  2. Intellectual property as an object of integrated business activity
  3. The procedure for creating and registering an integrated enterprise
  4. Integrated Entrepreneurship Competition Mechanism
  5. Risks in integrated business
  6. Integrated project: formation and its implementation

Diagnostic essay on the choice of 10 thousand characters on the following topics:

1) Features the impact of international economic relations in the formation of corporate entities.

2) How are exogenous and endogenous factors can influence the formation of business structures in the international business.

3) the prediction of changes in MRI and its effect on the characteristics of international business

3) Development of the market of raw materials, semi-finished and finished products to the Russian Federation;

4) Effect of exchange rate on the development of trade relations between the two countries (for example, countries or companies);

5) Strategies of companies in the context of globalization;

6) What is the impact of the Russian business could be Russia's entry to the WTO;

7) What are the opportunities of Russian business in international trade.

Tasks:

  1. Essay written after the students studying the section number 1. Essays of a 10 - point scale in terms of skills in analyzing statistical information, analysis, periodical literature, taking into account international developments in MRI and ERI, the use of analytical information the IMF, World Bank, CBR, international agencies and other analytical
  2. Group classroom setting under Section № 1 “Basic forms and goals of innovation partnership in international business”. Group work - a mini-case «« Unilever - sustainable development ». According to the results of group work is the presentation. Of a 10-point scale based on the completeness and consistency of the analysis, the number and quality of used diagnostic tools.
  3. Group classroom setting under Section 2, " Intangible assets as an object of innovational entrepreneurship " Group work - knows mini-case «IKEA way from the past to the future." According to the results of group work is the presentation. Of a 10-point scale based on the completeness and consistency of the analysis, the number and quality of used diagnostic tools.
  4. Group classroom setting under Section 2, " International innovational companies - forms and creating mechanisms " Group work - knows mini-case "Direct Model Dell Computer Corp.» As a result of group work is the presentation. Of a 10-point scale based on the completeness and consistency of the analysis, the number and quality of used diagnostic tools.
  5. Individual classroom assignment on Section 3, “Ways of creating and registration on innovational entrepreneurship”. Based on the presented methods students are encouraged to independently develop and assess the economic effects of the creation of international integrated structures, calculate the risks of such structures on the basis of the work done to develop recommendations for the improvement of business structures. The results are presented in the form and submit your presentation in front of other students. Assessed on a 5-point scale depending on the completeness and consistency of argument and the correctness of the calculations.
  1. Group classroom setting under Section 4, “Mechanism on innovation entrepreneurship competition”. Group work - a mini-case: "Strategic alliances as key to the functioning of Toshiba», the results of which are making a presentation, estimated by the 5-point scale based on the completeness and consistency of the analysis produced.
  2. Group classroom setting under Section 4, “Mechanism on innovation entrepreneurship competition." Group work - a mini-case "Creation competition advantages by Microsoft ", the results of which are making a presentation, estimated by the 5-point scale based on the completeness and consistency of the analysis produced.
  3. Group classroom setting under Section 5, " Risks in innovational   entrepreneurship." Group work - a mini-case: «Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi HQA», the results of which are making a presentation, estimated by the 5-point scale based on the completeness and consistency of the analysis produced.
  4. Group classroom training on Section 6, "Innovational project creation and realization”. Based on the analysis of "LUKOIL - always in motion" in different country markets (China, Russia, USA, Germany, Brazil and the other option) to determine the level of country risk companies entering this market with investment and features a change in the organizational structure . Presentation of a 10-point scale based on the quality of the research of the market and the completeness and consistency of study.

Teaching Methods

  • The course consists of seminars and e-learning. The seminars include students’ individual and group presentations, group discussions.
  • Assessment Methods
  • Assessment: continuous, pencil and paper and computer-based written tests. Self-study and compulsory attendance.
  • Attendance & participation - 50%
  • Case (discusion in groups) - 20%
  • Final presentation - 30%

Language of Instruction

  • English

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