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 January 15 and ends June 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:
- Completed application form
- Letter of motivation (200 words maximum)
- One letter of recommendation (following HSE Letter of Recommendation Guidelines)
Regular application deadline: August 15, 2017
Arrival and enrollment: September 25-September 29, 2017
Classes start: October 2, 2017
Russian language training programme:
Regular application deadline: November 15, 2017
Arrival and enrollment: January 9-12, 2018
Classes start: January 15, 2018
How to Apply
Applications are processed on a rolling basis from February 2017 and can be submitted at any time. If you have questions, please contact us.