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How to Apply

Apply using the online application form. Detailed information on the specifics of the application process is available here

Instructions on how to use the application form can be found here. Applications may be submitted in English or in Russian.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. Within three business days of receiving your application, we will send an acknowledgment of receipt.
If you do not hear from us within three business days of sending, please contact us.

All documents submitted as part of your application that are not in English or Russian should have an official English or Russian translation and be in either PDF or JPEG formats. 
Please include your last name in the filename (for example, Smith_BADiploma.pdf or Ivanov_Passport.jpeg).

1.   Completed application form

2.   Resume/CV

Please submit a standard CV, including, at a minimum, your educational achievements, work and research experience, publications (if any), and language knowledge.
        3. Letter of motivation (300-500 words)

This letter should describe your reasons for applying to this programme, in the context of your long-term career goals and background.

        4. Essay (10-12 thousand characters)

Please write about issues relating to the modern development of East Asia.

        5. Scans of diplomas and academic transcripts

If you have not yet received your Bachelor’s diploma, please include an official copy of your most recent academic transcript.

        6. Statement of language training and regional experience

Please state which Asian language(s) you speak and your level. The Asian language is mostly welcome but not required. Students who wish to start or continue their studies in Asian languages are welcome to apply to additional language courses. Please also describe any experience you have had in Asian countries (internships, language training, etc.)

        7. Two letters of recommendation (at least one from someone familiar with your academic work)

Please provide your recommenders with HSE’s letter of recommendation guidelines.

        8. Scan of English language certificate (IELTS or TOEFL)

Native speakers of English and students who have completed an entire degree exclusively in English do not need to submit proof of their English ability. All other applicants should submit test results no more than two years old.


November 1, 2019 - August 14, 2020 online applications may be submitted for preliminary selection; online (and in-person) candidate interviews will be held with programme teams.

August 14, 2020 – August 31, 2020 submission of all supporting documents.

August 31, 2020 - Deadline for signing agreements and enrollment forms.

September 1, 2020
 Classes start.


Government Scholarships

International students can apply to study at HSE for free through full-tuition scholarships

This merit-based scholarship will completely waive all tuition fees for selected full-degree Master's programmes at HSE. 

Applicants should apply to the programmes they wish to enter  starting from November 1, 2019. The deadline for submission of all supporting documents is August 14, 2020. Please, note that applicants should upload their portfolio to the personal online account before August 14, 2020.  If the application is considered to be outstanding by the application committee, the applicant will be recommended for a scholarship. Winners of various student competitions may also receive full-tuition scholarships.

Please note that scholarships cover only the cost of tuition and that all other costs (including accommodation at HSE dormitories) must be covered by the student. Information about the estimated cost of living can be found here

HSE also offers a wide range of tuition fee scholarships to international applicants who are not eligible for Russian government scholarships.


Learn what it's like to study at HSE in our guide for prospective international students. 


 Admission Regulations for Master's Programmes (PDF, 306 Kb)

 Admission Procedures for Master's Programmes (PDF, 212 Kb) 

Pre-departure Checklist (PDF, 81 Kb)