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International Student Life

Find out more about the life of international students at HSE

Academic Handbook

Information on study process at HSE

Life in Moscow

Practical information about living in Moscow

Preparatory Year

HSE’s Preparatory Year trains international students with little or no knowledge of Russian before they begin Russian-taught full-degree programs. Over 10 months of intensive study, students improve their basic language skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), study in a chosen academic field (humanities, economics, or engineering), and adapt to the new educational environment. Upon completing Preparatory Year, students are expected to possess intermediate-level language skills (CEFR level B1, TRKI level 1) and be ready to enter the Russian-taught full-degree programs at HSE and other Russian universities.

After completing HSE's Preparatory Year, students take exams in Russian and study area subjects. Those who pass their exams successfully will receive a HSE Preparatory Year certificate of completion. 

The Faculty of Pre-University Training also provides a 6-month-long Russian language training programme for students at the elementary and pre-intermediate levels. The programme, which is designed to help students reach the CEFR/B1 level of language proficiency, begins February 1 and ends July 30. Students will receive 504 classroom hours of instruction and experience life in the centre of Moscow, Russia’s dynamic capital.

To apply for both programmes, please submit:       

Apply online for Preparatory Year

Important dates

Regular application deadline: August 15, 2017
Arrival and enrollment: September 25-September 29, 2017
Classes start: October 2, 2017


How to Apply

Applications are processed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. They will begin to be processed in February 2017. If you have questions, please contact us