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students from 31 countries and 85 Russian regions have signed up for the 'Vyshaya Proba' Olympiad this year. This is 12,000 more than last year and a record number for the entire history of the Olympiad.

As each student can participate in competitions on several subjects, the total number of registrations is 156,578.

The most popular competitions are on Russian language, social studies, mathematics and foreign languages, with 22,847, 22,127, 20,712 and 19,933 participants, respectively. Students have expressed interest in a newcomer in the list of subjects covered at the 'Vyshaya Proba' Olympiad – eastern languages; about 500 people have registered for the Chinese language competition.

Among the registrants are 1,700 students from the CIS and Baltic countries; six students from Poland; three from Bulgaria; and two students each from the United States, Serbia, India, Germany, Turkey and China. Belgium, Vietnam, Greece, Slovakia, Sweden and Japan are each represented by one student.

The 'Vyshaya Proba' Olympiad provides future graduates with the opportunity to enrol in state-funded places at Higher School of Economics outside the admissions competition or receive an equivalent of 100 points on the Unified State Exam in a featured subject based on success at the Olympiad. Students in grades 7-11 are welcome to take part. In the event participants in non-graduating classes win, the following year they are eligible to take part in the second round of the Olympiad right away.

The first (external) stage of the Olympiad begins this weekend. For all subjects other than design, the external stage involves completing tasks in the allotted time. To participate in the design competition, participants must upload their work to their user accounts by December 10. 

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Results of the HSE International Competition Announced

726 participants received certificates of achievement (winners’ diplomas), and more than 200 have already become HSE students. This event is one of the largest and most recognised projects of HSE University, which allows participants to gain university admission with a full or partial scholarship. Registration for the competition in Russian is already underway. Soon, registration for the HSE International Olympiad in English (INTO HSE) will kick off.

International Olympiad Competitions for University Students and Graduates Supported by VK and Avito

This year’s International Olympiad Competitions for University Students and Graduates, held in 38 subjects, have taken place. Both rounds — qualifying and final — were held in an online format. HSE University and VK Engineering and Mathematics School were the partners of the ‘Computer Systems and Networks’ category, while Avito were the partners for the ‘Applied Mathematics and Computer Science’ category.

‘Everyone Is Cool and Loves What They Do’

Ulyana Rusetskaya of Belarus is in her first year at the HSE Art and Design School. She entered HSE University by winning the HSE Global Scholarship Competition (GSC) for foreign citizens in the area of design. Ulyana spoke with the HSE News Service about how to prepare a project for the GSC and how the HSE community differs from other university communities. Prepare for the GSC 2021 with the winners of the GSC 2020!

‘Game Theory Teaches an Understanding of Opponents’ Behaviour’

The first student contest in game theory has taken place at HSE. Organized by the HSE Group of Young Academic Professionals, it brought together 150 undergraduate and Master’s students from 17 Russian universities, as well as one high school student from Moscow.

International Olympiad Competitions for Master’s Programmes Held by HSE

In March and April, an HSE Olympiad competition for students and graduates took place in Russia and other countries, including the USA, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Vietnam. About 9,500 people registered for the competition, an increase of 25% over last year. One-third of all participants were HSE students and graduates. The winners of the Olympiad will be at an advantage when applying for HSE’s Master’s programmes corresponding to the competitions they participated in.


individuals have already registered for the HSE International Olympiad Competitions for students and graduates. Those who take first place and win prizes will have an advantage when applying to HSE MA programmes. The registration deadline is March 6, 2017.

HSE Announces Olympiad Competitions for English-taught Master’s Programmes

In March 2017, International Olympiad Competitions will be held for perspective students interested in studying in Master’s programmes at HSE University. All current undergraduate students and recent university graduates students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree are invited to participate.

HSE Olympiads Come to Vietnam

From November 22 through December 1, 2016, a HSE delegation visited Vietnam to deliver HSE International Olympiad competitions for the first time in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.


students at the HSE Lyceum are winners and runners up at the 'Vyshaya Proba' Olympiad.


people have  already signed up for the HSE Olympiad for students and alumni. Registration ends on February 9, and the Olympiad will be held February 14-15.