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Frequently asked questions

Is it possible to transfer to the programme from a foreign institution?

Transfer to the programme from other universities shall be possible from August 2020 and only for the first year of the programme. We recommend indicating your intent beforehand and getting in touch with programme coordinators via –email at: epa@hse.ru.

The process of student transfer in HSE is described in detail here.

At the first step of the transfer process, you must send a completed transfer application to: transfer@hse.ru. At this point you may also send scans of your ID, educational documents and other documents at your discretion (refer to the list of documents below).

Scans of these documents will be required on the next step along with your Statement when your application is registered.

Upon receiving the scans, HSE will review your application and reach a decision. You shall be notified if you have been admitted and informed about the tests that you will need to take (if any).

After taking the tests, students must sign a contract and provide document originals.

Documents required for submission:

  • Education and/or qualification document, if the specified education level is recognized by the Russian Federation or HSE as the relevant level of education (from the educational stage you have completed);
  • Reference from your university with confirmation of your enrollment (i.e., proof that you were enrolled as a student);
  • Transcript from the university where you are currently enrolled;
  • Documents confirming the applicant’s individual achievements, the results of which are taken into account during the application process (submitted at the discretion of the applicant);
  • Other documents (submitted at the discretion of the applicant).

Please note that, upon your arrival at HSE, you must submit legalized educational documents. Also, the legalization process may take time.

For a document to be properly ‘legalized’, it must be either apostilled or consular legalized, depending on the issuing country. Please see below for more details.

If a document-issuing country is a party to the Hague Convention, an apostille stamp (sometimes this procedure is called ‘simplified legalization’ or ‘apostilling’) will be accepted. To be eligible for an apostille, a document must first be certified by an officer (or in some cases notaries), which will then be recognized by the authority issuing the apostille. Each country party to the Hague Convention shall make its own decision on lists of authorized agencies to be allowed to issue apostilles. You may find further information here: http://www.apostilleofdocuments.com/index.html

If a country is not a party to the Hague Convention, consular legalization is required. In such cases, a document must be certified by the foreign ministry of the country where the document originated and then by the foreign ministry/embassy or consulate of the Russian government. For example, as a non-signatory, Canadian diplomas for use overseas must be certified by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa or by a Canadian consular official abroad and, subsequently, by the Russian government office or consulate. For more information, please refer to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostille_Convention.

Please note: documents from certain countries do not require legalization. For more details, please visit our website at: https://www.hse.ru/admissions/exempt


How many years does it take to earn a Bachelor’s degree and what kind of diploma do graduates receive?

The programme covers four years of study. The graduates of the programme will receive two Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies: from Higher School of Economics and Kyung Hee University, respectively. The major courses primarily focus on East Asian Studies:

  • Chinese Studies.
  • Korean Studies.
  • Japanese Studies.

Graduates will also receive a Diploma Supplement in the following additional specializations:

  • Global Business
  • International Relations.

Additional specializations under the HSE-KHU Joint programme shall be coordinated by Kyung Hee University and its College of International Studies, which is one of the leading centers for International Studies in Asia.

Which university and faculty will students be studying at?

Students will get to study at both universities simultaneously. They will be considered as students of the HSE Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs and as students of the KHU College of International Studies. This will enable them to use a range of great opportunities provided by these leading universities of Russia and Asia. The curriculum will include obligatory courses required for earning a diploma from the Higher School of Economics and Kyung Hee University. The first two years, as well as the fourth year, are to take place at HSE, Moscow; during the third year, students are to go for an internship in Korea, China or Japan. There also will be an opportunity to attend summer language schools organized by Kyung Hee University and its partner universities.

When can students choose major courses and additional specializations?

At the start of their first year of study, students must choose their major in East Asian Studies and an Asian language. In the second year, they must select an additional specialization: Global Business or International Relations. Therefore, after progressing from the first year to the second year, students must choose their additional specialization. During the first semester of the second year, students may change their specializations if they so desire. In terms of choosing major courses or additional specializations, there are no quotas or restrictions that would limit a student’s freedom of choice