No. HSE does not charge an application fee. You can apply and take entrance exams online, free of charge. Should someone tell you that you have to pay a fee, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are accepted on the deadline dates until 23:59 MSK (GMT+3).
You can apply to up to two graduate programmes in the same application.
Non-native English speakers must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE test results (from no more than two years prior to the the application submission). Native English speakers, as well as students who have previously completed an entire degree exclusively in English, do not need to submit proof of their English ability.
Yes, you can still apply even if you do not have a valid passport but, if your application is successful, you will have to have a valid passport in order to enrol at HSE.
Online applications currently must be completed in one session.
We can accept a pdf or jpeg version of a recommendation letter, if it includes the required elements listed in our guidelines. Otherwise, we must receive the letter directly from your recommender.
If you have not yet received your bachelor’s diploma at the time of submission, you can send an official academic transcript (with grades) that reflects the entire period that you have studied at that institution. You will still be required to submit your bachelor’s diploma once you receive it; failure to do so will prevent you from entering the programme.
International students can apply to study in graduate programmes at HSE for free through merit-based full-tuition scholarships. Applicants can apply for these scholarships once they are admitted to a HSE programme. For more information on the process and requirements, visit our Scholarships and Stipends page.
Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please email email@example.com immediately if you would like to submit an application past deadline.
Applications submitted after the scholarship deadline will not be considered for full-tuition scholarships. Several merit-based scholarships are also available but there are only awarded during the academic year.
Most programs require an interview as part of the application process. The manager of the programme that you are applying to may contact you about setting up an online interview.
You can typically expect a response within two to three weeks. Each application is individually reviewed by the programme admissions committee, so response times may vary. If you have not received an update within a month, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship decisions are made by university committees and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. The International Admissions office has little control over this timeline, but we will keep students regularly updated.
Requests to change programmes are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the International Admissions Office to learn more.
Unfortunately, we are unable to grant deferrals.
Thank you for recommending HSE to your friend! We must receive application materials directly from each individual applicant. Feel free to send us your friend’s contact information, or vice-versa. However, we cannot accept application materials submitted by a third party.
Unfortunately, HSE does not provide visa support for family members. If you will require a visa to study in Russia, you will need to make separate arrangements for your family members.
Yes, you will need to apply for a student visa, which will reflect your affiliation with HSE and allow you to live in Russia full-time for the length of your study. (Individuals holding diplomatic, ordinary work, and highly qualified specialist (HQS) visas can study at HSE without a student visa.)
Moscow is a large city, with the same safety concerns as most large cities of the world. There are cases of petty crime targeting tourists, so we recommend students be aware of their surroundings and pay close attention to your belongings. For more information on safety, we recommend you review any advisories provided by your country’s embassy in Russia. Read more here.
The Academic Calendar lists all important dates.
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