About the Institute of Asian and African Studies




The Institute of Asian and African Studies founded in 1956 is the leading Russian Centre for Oriental Studies. It employs more than 250 members including 34 professors and 62 assistant professors. Many of them are well known as authors of fundamental studies, textbooks, dictionaries and their translations of Japanese, Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic, Hindi, Persian and other Oriental and African texts.

The staff of the Institute has worked out the syllabus and text books on History of Asian and African countries and on Oriental Literature as well as study books on languages, history, ethnology, geography and economics of the certain regions.

More than 40 Oriental and West-European languages are being taught at the Institute.


The Institute comprises three sections: Philology, History and Social Economics, providing students with an equal volume of knowledge of Oriental and West-European languages.

  1. For those specializing in History the main courses are:

General History, History of Russia, History of Asian and African Countries, Archaeology, Ethnology and a number of special disciplines.

  1. Specialization in Philology is based on the departments of Arabic Philology, Iranian Philology, Turkish Philology, Indian Philology, Chinese Philology, African Studies and Philology of South-East Asia, Mongolia and Korea, Japanese Philology, West – European languages.

The courses in Linguistics, Literature Studies, General Linguistics and History of Literature, as well as special courses in Theoretical Phonetics, Grammar, Lexicology, Dialectology and History of a chosen oriental language in conjunction with literature, culture, geography and political system of the country or region, are presented during the period of study.

III. During the studies at the Social Economics division, students will take a number of general courses in Higher Mathematics, Economic Statistics, Financial and Credit systems, Economics and economic Geography of Asian and African Countries, Economics of Russia, International Economic Relations as well as special courses on Economics of regions and countries of interest.


  1. Arab Philology
  2. Indian Philology
  3. Iranian Philology
  4. Chinese Philology
  5. Turkish Philology
  6. Philology of South – East Asia, Korea and Mongolia
  7. Japanese Philology
  8. History and culture of Japan
  9. Economics and Economic geography of Asian and African Countries
  10. History of Near and Middle East
  11. International Economic Relations
  12. History of Far-East and South-East Asia
  13. History of China
  14. History of South Asia
  15. African Studies
  16. Politology of East
  17. West European Languages
  18. Caucasus and Central Asia
  19.  Jewish Studies


  1. Centre for Jewish Studies and Jewish civilization
  2. Centre of Caucasus and Central Asia


  1. Experimental Phonetics
  2. East Ecology Culture
  3. Computer
  4. Technical Equipment in Education


  1. International Centre of Korean studies
  2. Centre of Arabic and Islam studies
  3. Centre of Indological and Buddological Studies
  4. Centre of religions
  5. Centre of Vietnamese Studies