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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Bachelor’s Parallel Degree Programme in International Relations.

This programme is taught entirely in English and consists of four years of study at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia.

The cost of study in 2017/2018 is 585000 RUR*. Scholarships are not available to students in this program. International students can live in HSE’s affordable dormitories for the duration of their studies.


The application process for international students (who have not taken the Russian Unified State Exam (EGE)) consists of two stages:


1) The first step of the application process is to fill out the online form on the International admissions website

This form requires scans of your educational documents and a motivational letter (300-500 words). If English is not your native language, please upload an IELTS or TOEFL certificate demonstrating your level of proficiency. If you do not have a certificate from either of these exams, you can choose to take an English proficiency exam administered by HSE.

2) The programme academic coordinator will get in touch with you via email and arrange a Skype interview. You will then have a Skype interview with the programme’s admissions committee. Following the interview, you will receive either preliminary acceptance to the program or a rejection letter.

3) If your application is successful and you receive preliminary acceptance, you must confirm your intent to continue the application process by July 1st.


The next stage of the application process consists of submitting documents and taking exams, and it requires you to travel to Moscow.

Document originals must be submitted to the HSE Admissions Committee in Moscow in person or sent via post by a registered and recorded letter with a list of enclosures. If you do send your materials by post, please email the programme coordinator to let him know that you have done so.

All applicants must submit:

  • Legalized** education or education and qualification document, if the specified education level is recognized by the Russian Federation or HSE as the relevant level of education;
  • Documents confirming the applicant’s individual achievements, the results of which are taken into account in the application process (submitted at the discretion of the applicant);
  • Other documents (submitted at the discretion of the applicant);
  • 2 photos (size 3x4 cm)

The final step is to take exams at HSE in Moscow in the summer. The applicant must take two exams:

  • History (you need to score at least 60 out of 100);
  • Foreign language (75 out of 100).

Applicants can choose whether they prefer to take the exams in English or Russian. Examination programmes can be found here: https://www.hse.ru/en/ba/ir/track

The applicant may stay at HSE’s dormitories during the exam period (the approximate cost is 100 rubles per day).

Examination results will be published on the HSE and study programme websites in July.


* - the cost of study for the following years can be slightly changed in accordance with inflation rates, significant shifts in currency exchange rates or University of London financial policy.

(the following part is taken from Instructions for successful regular enrolment students)

** - For a document to be “legalized,” it must be either apostilled or consular legalized, depending on the issuing country. Please see below for more details:

Document apostilization

If the 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 (notaries, in some cases), which will then be recognized by the authority that will issue the apostille. Each country, party to the Hague Convention, makes its own decision on the list of authorized agencies to be allowed to issues apostilles. Please find more information here: http://www.apostilleofdocuments.com/index.html

If a country is not a party to the Hague Convention, consular legalization is required. In this case, 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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostille_Convention.

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