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First-Year Student's Checklist

Dear first-year students,

Below you will find a list of important steps, which you will need to complete by the end of August and in September to settle various organizational issues, so that your studies run smoothly and you can focus on learning.

Intrsuctions for those arriving into Russia from other countries (updated September 1st, 2020):

Arrival From Abroad (DOCX, 14 Kb) 


1.   Move into a Dormitory (if you are a non-Moscow resident/international student)

For International Students: Places in HSE University dormitories are distributed to international students through their Personal Accounts. 

Access to the ‘Dormitory’ section in your Personal Account will be made available after filling in the ‘Consent for Studies’ section and completing recognition procedure (but no earlier than August 17, 2020). 

Upon your arrival for studies, a place in one of the HSE University dormitories will be reserved for you. 

You must download an accommodation referral for dormitory residence from your Personal Account, print it out and bring it to the dormitory. 

When moving into a dormitory, make sure you have the following documents: 

  • passport (document confirming your identity);
  • copy of your passport (first page)—if your passport contains information on the place of residence, make a copy of that page two (both pages should be copied onto ONE page);
  • medical certificate confirming health fitness to reside in a dormitory - form 086/y (about Medical Aid & Insurance: https://www.hse.ru/en/medical/ins/); 
  • vaccination certificate; 
  • medical insurance policy.

Should you have any questions, please send a message to: zaselenie@hse.ru.

2.   Learn about visa and registration

Basic information: Visa and registration - for international students (PDF, 583 Кб) 

More details: HSE Visa and Registration Center  

Email: visa-registration@hse.ru

3.   Receive a Student ID Card and Electronic Pass

Student ID cards will be issued upon your arrival, please contact your programme manager.
Electronic pass information (updated September 1st, 2020)

Issue of Electronic Passes (DOCX, 20 Kb) 

4.   Receive a LibraryCard

Read the Library Use Policy here: https://library.hse.ru/documents.

Fill in the online registration form on the Library website at: https://library.hse.ru.  

To get registered, you need a student ID card number and an HSE University corporate e-mail address. 

Upon getting a library membership, every user is assigned a bar code for their personal identification, which can be used as a library card. 

5.   Receive a Moscow Social Card (for public transport discounts)

A social card can be obtained from a local office of the Moscow Multifunctional Centre (‘My Documents’).

Step 1: Check to see if your data has been included on the Moscow Social Register’s website: check the register of students/residents/doctoral students

Step 2: Complete registration on the www.mos.ru portal and submit an application for the issue of a Moscow social card through your personal account. Applications are usually processed within 30 calendar days. You can check the status of your application through your personal account or by visiting here.

International students may submit an application for the issue of a Moscow social card in person at one of the My Documents centers (regardless of their place of residence or place of study). 

Step 3: Pick up your Moscow social card from the My Documents centre that you selected when making an application for it. 

Important: if your personal data is not found in the Register, you must contact the manager of your Programme Office as soon as possible.

6.   Obtain a MIR Card from VTB Bank (for Scholarship Payments)

Only for students receiving scholarships from the HSE University. 

In partnership with Branch N. 7701 of VTB Bank, HSE University’s accountants oversee the issue of scholarship debit cards (note: these are not social cards) with free banking services and with a special HSE University design (our mascot, the Crow). 

You must send to std@hse.ru:

  • a photo/scan of a completed and signed application;
  • a photo/scan of a notarized translation of your passport;
  • a photo/scan of your temporary registration.

In the subject line of your e-mail, please state the following: «Issue of MIR scholarship card from HSE University, Year 1, 2020». A response will be sent with further instructions. 

Students will be notified about the place, date and time for their card’s issue via their HSE University e-mail accounts.

See also (in Russian): HSE University Accounting - scholarships and other payments to undergrads and graduate students, as well as the issue of MIR bank cards. 


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