Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Starting in autumn 2018 selected students from both programmes (a min. of 5 from each partner) will have the opportunity to earn a second degree from the partner university. The joint study plan requires spending the third semester at the partner university, taking sociology courses (in English language) and conducting own research during an internship. The forth semester can be spend either at the partner or home university while writing the MA thesis in co-supervision with professors from HSE and FUB. FUB does not demand study fees, but accommodation and living costs have to be covered individually
The double degree track with EHESS started in September 2018.
It will include the exchange of an equal number of students each year from the participants in HSE’s Comparative Social Research programme and the Sociology programme in Paris.
EHESS is one of the world’s leading universities in social sciences and a new double degree programme could give students an opportunity to see how social research is done at a global level. It will also put them in contact with an international academic community and globally-focused atmosphere.
First year Master’s students from both universities can apply for the double degree track. They must submit a motivation letter and a project proposal for a thesis. In addition, they need to gain 60 ECTS during their first year of studies. The deadline for applications to start studies in November 2019 is February, 2020. Applications are processed within a month. Students who make the cut will spend one or two semesters at a partner university. They will be required to visit the partner university for their third semester but they can also opt to stay for the fourth semester to write a thesis. Upon graduation, participants will receive two diplomas – one from HSE and one from EHESS.
There is no tuition fee for the double degree track but students will need to cover their living and transportation expenses. There is, however, an opportunity for Russian students to receive competitive scholarships from the French Embassy. Moreover, there is a mobility fund at HSE for outgoing students which can cover some of the transport expenses (on a competitive basis). For foreign students at HSE, Moscow has an additional advantage of being very attractive in terms of cost of living. The HSE dormitory fee is extremely low, and with current exchange rates, living expenses in the city have decreased substantially.