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‘I Went to Lancaster Expecting the British Education System to Be Different from the Russian One’

‘I Went to Lancaster Expecting the British Education System to Be Different from the Russian One’

Photo courtesy of Dmitry Prokhorenkov

Can a Russian student get a £10,000 tuition discount at a foreign university? How do you study abroad if you do not know the language? The students of the Department of Business Informatics at HSE University’s Graduate School of Business shared their experience in international exchange programmes with the news service.

Sangam Kumar Singh (’20), Double Degree, Lancaster University (one year), Master's programme ‘Big Data Systems’

I had a wonderful experience studying at HSE University’s Faculty of Business and Management (now the Graduate School of Business). I chose this university because it has a good world ranking in the subject I was interested in (big data systems). My master's programme was in the top 50 in this area in the QS ranking. At GSB I had more technical than business subjects, and that is why I decided to go to Lancaster to continue my dual degree programme — there I chose a more business-oriented programme.

Artur Safarian (’20), Double Degree Programme, Lancaster University (1 year), Master’s Programme ‘E-Business’

To get into the dual degree programme at Lancaster, I took the IELTS language exam, put together an application package with information about my undergraduate studies, a transcript, and a portfolio that can include publications or research papers. Lancaster's admissions committee reviews the application and sometimes awards grants or tuition discounts. I received a tuition discount of £10,000. The academic director of the programme in ‘E-business’ (Mikhail Komarov — ed.) helped me with my application.

Daria Lubaeva (’21), Exchange Programme, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (1.5 years), Bachelor’s programme in Business Informatics

First, I participated in the programme in ‘Software Product Development’ with the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences — I went with a team to the Netherlands as a teamlead. Then Mikhail Komarov, who helped with the Dutch project, told me about the exchange programme with Vienna. I applied to the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and was accepted, but I had doubts about going— I knew nothing about Austria and did not speak German. In the end I made up my mind: the programme lasts only five months (later I extended it twice in Vienna), it is taught in English, and there are a lot of international students.

Margarita Markova (’21), Master's Programme ‘Big Data Systems’, QTEM track, a term at LUISS Business School

QTEM is a master’s programme track with a special focus on quantitative research methods in economics. The master's programme itself is two years, but there are several tracks in the QTEM programme: in the first two you have to do two semester-long exchanges at different universities, and I have a third track that has only one six-month mobility programme, but you also have to do an internship and participate in the QTEM Challenge, in which students in this programme compete, something like a case championship.

Olga Dornostup (’20), Double Degree, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (one term), Master's programme ‘Big Data Systems’

When I entered HSE University, I already knew that the programme ‘Big Data Systems’ has a double degree programme, and this was one of the key pros for applying here. Usually such programmes include a year of study abroad: the first year you study at HSE University, and the second you spend abroad, but we went to Vienna for one term.

Dmitry Cherepov (’20), Double Degree, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (one term), Master's programme ‘Big Data Systems’

The availability of dual degree programmes allows the ‘Big Data Systems’ programme to stand out from other areas of study both at HSE University and other universities. My choice fell on Austria, the Vienna University of Applied Sciences, for several reasons: the opportunity to live in the capital of one of the most developed countries in Europe, as well as to study at a well-known technical university and obtain a diploma from a European Union member state. Students on this programme came to HSE to study from Vienna, and having met them, I was firmly convinced in my desire to go to Austria. I passed the IELTS and after waiting for confirmation of my admission from the university, I received a student visa and went to Austria for five months.

Dmitry Prokhorenkov (’19), Double Degree, Lancaster University (one year), Master’s programme’’Big Data Systems’

At GSB I studied in the Master’s Programme ‘Business Analytics and Big Data Systems’, and at Lancaster University, I spent my entire second year in the ‘e-Business’ programme. As a result I ended up getting two degrees. I liked that you can go for a whole year of study abroad; the programme isn’t just six months.

HSE University welcomes applicants from all over the world and offers not only different levels of study, but also different formats in English and Russian, online and offline. International applicants can apply for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in a separate admissions process for foreign applicants and receive scholarships with full or partial tuition fee coverage.

When applying to a Bachelor’s programme, including five English-taught programmes in Moscow, it is possible to submit international certificates you have received in English and mathematics, such as IELTS, TOEFL, A-Level and other international exams and they will be recognized by HSE University, so taking entrance exams in relevant subjects will not be required.

Undergraduate applicants can test their chances of admission now by taking mock tests. Master’s applicants also have the opportunity to get a preliminary assessment of their portfolio and communicate with their programme of choice online.

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