HSE Summer University 2016 Is Accepting Applications
Like any major academic institution, the Higher School of Economics offers teaching in both traditional educational programmes and various shorter formats. The Summer University which began two years ago and gives students from other universities the chance to attend additional courses during the summer vacation, falls into the second category. It provides opportunities to study with particular professors and helps students decide how to pursue their academic interests in the future.
HSE Information bulletin Okna Rosta has talked to HSE Vice-Rector Sergey Roshchin, Head of Department for Educational Innovations Oksana Chernenko, Head of the School of Asian Studies Alexei Maslov, Academic Supervisor for the International Relations in Eurasia Programme Maxim Bratersky and Head of International Students Support Sofia Sadykova, to find out more about how the summer university works.
‘At the HSE Summer University courses are taught in English as a matter of principle. We are talking about student mobility from universities around the world. We made a conscious decision to do this to vary the courses we could offer students, not only as full degrees but as various elements of exchange education programmes. These kinds of programmes get them better acquainted with the university. They take some courses, find out about the university, get an idea of the level of teaching, then maybe they come again on an exchange programme or after graduation start a master’s with us and then after the master’s go on to a PhD and so on... Courses in Global Economy, International Relations, Management, Media Communications, History, Cultural Studies, Computer Science, Mathematics and Sociology are all represented and the list is getting longer all the time.’
Director of HSE Summer University
Oksana Chernenko speaks about University’s distinguishing features:
Individual learning path and tailor-made curriculum
Summer University offers awide selection of courses over two months with students choosing their own courses and having individual timetables. Each student selects as many courses as they want to take. On completing the programme they receive a transcript which shows the number of credits (ECTS) and marks. They can include these credits in their home university programme (with its consent of course).
The impressive list of courses and variety of subjects makes it possible for us to design separate programmes tailored for our partner universities. In 2015, Seoul National University chose our Summer University as a place to have its programme, SNU in Moscow. We ran a course called Understanding Modern Russia for the Korean students. For students from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies we designed a programme with two courses - BRICS Countries and the Emerging Global Order and Russian Economy in Transition.
DAAD is now one of our partners. We were selected to join the Go East 2015 programme and five scholarships were given to German students to attend our Summer University. It’s already been decided that number will go up to ten in 2016.
A chance to brush up on Russian language
Students are encouraged to include a Russian language course in their selection. The Summer University offers classes for all language levels from beginner to advanced on 3 - 6 week courses.
The Summer University is not only increasing the number of courses but extending to cover the whole summer. In 2016 classes will begin on June 20 and run until August 20. The geography of the Summer University is also expanding. In 2015 the Summer University had a Week in St Petersburg. 15 students headed for the ‘northern capital’. This year there students can register for a week in St Petersburg or in Nizhny Novgorod.
Summer University participants aren’t left alone, as Oksana Chernenko points out, ‘if they want, student volunteers, members of the Buddy club can show them around Moscow and introduce them to university life’.
Head of International Students Support on buddy system
‘A buddy is allocated to each international student. You start you connection by email before arriving at HSE. You can find out more about how a buddy can help you and how to contact them on the international students support pages. In 2015 the Buddy Council took over management of the buddy network. At the moment about 400 HSE students are involved in it.
Heads of Departments talk about the aims and unique qualities of the Summer University:
Head of the School of Asian Studies, Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs
‘The School of Asian Studies delegates its leading professors, many of whom have been named ‘best teacher’ more than once. The School attracts additional attention from students, mainly from Asia through the Summer University. It might seem strange for students from China, Korea and other parts of Asia to listen to lectures about their own countries but we offer unorthodox, original approaches which they are unlikely to hear back home, we compare and contrast different views and broaden their individual understanding of Asia.’
Head of the School of International Affairs
‘The Summer University is an excellent way to introduce foreign students to the HSE without having to commit themselves to full degrees. It is an all-encompassing academic event at HSE for students on bachelor’s and higher degrees at universities in other countries.’
The Summer University 2015: facts and figures
- 103 students representing 29 foreign universities from 15 countries enrolled on the Summer University programmes in 2015.
- Students chose courses that interest them from a list of more than 20 subjects, and designed their own individual study timetables.
- In 2015, most participants - 59 - chose three courses, 11 students chose just one and one student chose six courses.
On June 24, HSE University held an opening ceremony for its International Summer University. Newly arrived students from 32 countries around the globe including Germany, the US, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and others were welcomed by First Vice Rector Vadim Radaev and Vice Rector Ivan Prostakov.
Every year, HSE Summer University creates new opportunities for its participants - both students and researchers. The programme is becoming more and more versatile and the range of fields of study is constantly growing. In 2018, about 200 international students from all over the world took part in the Summer University. This year, participants are invited to choose from a larger pool of courses and even travel to Siberia.
On August 16, the HSE Summer University officially came to an end. The graduation ceremony was an opportunity for participants, teachers and programme administrators to celebrate yet another successful season – and the Summer University’s fifth birthday.
The HSE Summer University is off to a strong start this year, and one of its programmes – the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Mathematics – has already been met with considerable enthusiasm by participating students. Designed for undergraduate students majoring in Mathematics or related areas, participants work on research projects under the supervision of distinguished mathematicians.
HSE’s Summer University officially opened on June 20. Now in its fourth week, the Summer University is in full swing at three of HSE’s four campuses– Moscow, St Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod. Participants continue coming to Russia for courses on topics such as politics, history, economics, and Russian and Eurasian cultures. Most courses last two to four weeks and all of them are taught in English.
In its fifth year already, the HSE Summer University was officially opened on June 20th by Vice Rector, Ivan Prostakov. Over the next 8 weeks, HSE will provide almost 200 students, PhD candidates, postdocs and professionals from all around the world with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in a wide range of fields. Many of the courses, all of which are taught in English, focus on areas such as politics, history, economics, and Russian and Eurasian cultures.
The fourth HSE International Summer University has drawn to a close. The programme continues to grow and evolve. This year over 160 students from 46 universities came to HSE to take courses in International Relations & Politics, Computer Science, Russian Studies, Economics, Culture & History.
On July 21, students from Seoul National University presented their projects devoted to politics, economics and social sphere of Russia. Every year, within the framework of HSE Summer University, a group of South Korean students comes to Moscow to learn the Russian language and take 'Understanding Modern Russia' course. At the end of the course students prepare presentations based on the knowledge they have gained and their own research results.
The fourth Summer University for international students has kicked off at HSE. The number of Summer University students has almost doubled this year to more than 150, with over a third of them coming independently. Student groups have come from HSE’s partner universities in the United States, South Korea, China, and European countries.
In 2014 HSE launched its first Summer University aimed at international students – since then the number of participants and courses as well as their diversity grew greatly. The Summer University opens its doors to the world on June 20, 2017, and Oksana Chernenko, Director of the Summer University programme, and Anna Mezentseva, manager of the Summer University programme, talked to The HSE Look about the programme and how it helps to promote HSE and Russia as study destinations globally.