Frequently asked questions
Q: Where should I send my application materials?
A: Applications procedures differ for Russian and International candidates. Russian candidates should apply at the general Admissions office. International candidates should apply online here
Q: Can I enter the programme through winning an 'Olympiad' competition?
A: Yes, you can! You can find more information here (Russia, CIS countries, and the Baltics citizens only).
Q: How many state-funded and self-funded places does the programme offer?
A: In 2015 the programme offers 27 state-funded for Russian students and 10 self-funded places for both Russian and foreign students.
Foreign students may also apply for Quota places with no tuition fee (they are not included into the above-mentioned places).
Q: When will the classes take place?
A: The classes will take place in the evening on weekdays (4-5 times a week).
Q: Is it possible to be interviewed remotely?
A: Yes, if for some plausible reason a student cannot be present in Moscow at the given time, remote interviewing is possible.
Q: I have not studied management, policy or economics before. Am I still welcome to apply?
A: We welcome applications from students also from many disciplines, such as (but not limited to) humanities, engineering, natural sciences to name a few. The programme is interdiscilpinary by nature.
Q: Are there special steps to be taken to submit my foreign diploma for official recognition by the university?
A: Foreign educational diplomas must be recognized in the Russian Federation and this procedure allows students to continue their education at the appropriate level at a Russian educational institution. You may apply without this process being complete. Our International Admissions office will support you on this issue. Please, find out more here.
Q: What is the cost of living in Moscow?
A: You can read more information here.
Q: I won't have my Bachelor degree by the deadline. Can I still apply?
A: Yes. You should submit your transcripts current until the application date and then will have to turn in your completed transcripts and university degree later.
Q: I already have a Master's degree, but I want a second one. Am I eligible?
A: Indeed, foreign candidates are eligible to study for this programme even if you have another Master's degree. Russian candidates with a Master's degree can apply only for a self-funded place (please, check the admission conditions here).
Q: When will I know if I am accepted for admission?
A: The standard application acceptance window goes until the middle of July, but we may give selected international students 'early decision' offers if they meet the 'early admissions' deadline (for international applicants only).
Q: What is a tuition waiver? Is it the same as a state-funded study slot?
A: Yes. Students from Russia, CIS countries, and the Baltics are eligible for a state-funded study slot. Students from other countries are also eligible for state-funding for their studies through a "State Quota Scheme" which also removes tuition costs. More information on State Quota Scheme is available here.
Q: I don't know much about the Higher School of Economics. What can you tell me about this institution?
A: The NRU-HSE is among Russia's very best (top one or two) institutions in the social sciences. It is a young, dynamic university with very high educational standards, top international contacts, and researchers and lecturers of a high standard. Please see HSE website for more details.
Q: If I have any further questions, how can I contact you?
A: You can contact the Programme coordinator directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, watch the Open Doors Day-2018 video below to get more answers to students' common questions.
1. Presentations by Faculty members (First vice-rector and ISSEK Director, Head of the Programme, leading professors)
2. Foresight session (business, policy, academia): «Let's Explore Your Future»
3. Tips for «Successful Career Start»
4. FAQ session