Independent University of Moscow
The Independent University of Moscow (IUM) (Russian: Независимый Московский Университет (НМУ)) is a small educational organisation with rather informal status located in Moscow, Russia. It was founded in 1991 by a group of prominent Russian mathematicians that included Vladimir Arnold (chairman) and Sergei Novikov. The IUM consists of the departments of mathematics and theoretical physics and the post-graduate school. Anyone can attend lectures and seminars and become a student after passing 3 exams. The IUM is the only non-state college for the preparation of professional mathematicians in Russia. An IUM diploma is recognized by such authoritative mathematical institutions as the Steklov Institute of Mathematics, Harvard University and the Weizmann Institute.
The IUM is located in a building in the very heart of Moscow. The address is 11 Bol. Vlasievskii per., a small quiet street near the historic Arbat and within walking distance of the Kremlin, the Bolshoi Theater, the Rumyantsev library, the Pushkin Western Art Museum, and the cathedral of Christ the Savior.
In addition to lecture halls and classes, the IUM building has a library, a computer lab, a cafeteria, a small publishing house, and a book shop for math books. During the day, a block of its unused classrooms is devoted to educating children with disabilities.
IUM is the home of the Math in Moscow study abroad program, a one-semester course in mathematics and computer science. Students from the United States and Canada are eligible for the program, and courses are taught in English by Russian mathematicians. The American Mathematical Society offers several scholarships each semester to help cover tuition.