Over 800 International Students Recommended for Full-tuition Scholarships at HSE
International students at HSE
On July 5, the application window closed for international students who made it through the selection process for state-funded spots at the Higher School of Economics. Those students who were not selected are still able to apply to the university for tuition-paying spots, or can enrol in the university’s Preparatory Year programme.
It is HSE’s strategic goal to bring in more and more international students, according to International Admissions Director Tatiana Chetvernina. The more foreign students at the university, the better HSE’s reputation will be on the international educational market and the more successful the school’s brand will be. In addition, the university is just as interested in Russian-speaking foreign students as it is in English-speaking ones.
This year, full-tuition scholarships were awarded to 830 international students hoping to study in one of HSE’s undergraduate and graduate programmes. The university received applications from more than 3,500 prospective students. Around 150 places were granted to those applying to English-taught programmes.
This year’s international admissions process for state-funded spots at HSE was revamped in three important ways.
First, Russian-speaking foreign students submitted applications for bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD programmes electronically, irrespective of their country of residence.
Second, selection committees were created within the university’s various departments and programmes. Whereas before, such committees only existed within English-language programmes, now the university’s Russian-language programmes have committees as well. These committees met between February and May of this year to select the very best students for full-tuition scholarships, with each programme adhering to its own selection criteria. Some committees required an interview, while others simply asked for an electronic application.
Third, for the first time ever, there are now quota scholarships for international students applying to post-graduate schools at HSE. A total of 20 people were recommended for these spots.
The Selection Process
Candidates were selected by admissions committiees made up of representatives of educational programmes in Moscow, as well as representatives from countries where there has traditionally been a large number of applicants to HSE, such as Uzbekistan, Moldova, and Kazakhstan. Each admissions committee either recommended applicants for a tuition-free spot at HSE, or advised that the student continue working and try to apply to HSE through the normal application process.
Those who did not receive government scholarship but were recommended for the general application process can submit applications through the normal application process. Undergraduate applicants must submit scores from the Unified State Exam (USE) or from the HSE's internal entrance exams. For the first time this year entrance exams for undergraduate programmes are offered in English. Applications are accepted until July 15, 2016.
Students who are not accepted to HSE this year will be able to enter either the university’s preparatory division for foreign students, which is intended for those who do not know Russian very well (the application cut-off is August 15), or the preparatory division for master’s students, which starting in 2016 is geared more towards Russians living abroad (the application cut-off is September 11).
‘In the year spent in the preparatory year programme, students are able to adapt to living in Moscow and studying at the university,’ Tatiana Chetvernina says. ‘They can learn more about HSE’s programmes of study straight from teachers and students, and they can take part in Olympiads and strengthen their application for the next academic year.’
As part of the HSE Faculty of Computer Science fifth anniversary celebration at Mercury Moscow City Tower, Ilya Segalovich Scholarships were awarded.
HSE’s Preparatory Year Programme for international students includes not only intensive Russian language training but also subject specific courses. One such course is ‘Russian Literature’, which introduces international students to classic works by Russian writers such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov. In the course, students read and discuss select texts in the original Russian, which helps them gain a better understanding of the Russian culture and history.
International students applying to HSE’s undergraduate programmes can receive scholarships that fully or partially cover their tuition costs. Some of these scholarships are awarded based on entrance exam results. Now we have an online calculator that will help you determine what scholarship you qualify for when applying to one of HSE’s Bachelor's programmes.
HSE Preparatory Year students not only learn Russian and get ready to enroll in Bachelor’s or Master’s programmes but also explore Russian culture and way of life, which includes trying the local cuisine, sightseeing, and interacting with Russian people. Three international Prep Year students have talked to HSE News Service about learning the language, getting used to living in Moscow, and joining in New Year celebrations in Russia.
On December 20, the students of the International Preparatory Year programme at HSE’s Moscow campus got together to usher in the New Year in true Russian style. They all first arrived in Moscow this September with zero or very limited knowledge of Russian. So, their programme started with an intensive course of Russian as a Foreign Language. Now, three months later, they have already mastered enough Russian to make mini-presentations, perform sketches, take part in a Russian culture quiz, and solve Russian riddles.
Having fallen in love with Moscow and the Russian culture during an exchange programme three years ago at HSE, Alis Maria Endres, a native of Germany, decided that she wanted to return to the university to complete a Master’s degree in management. In order to be able to study in Russian, Alis Maria first enrolled in HSE's International Preparatory Year programme.
On July 12, HSE officially congratulated the graduates of the 2018 Preparatory Year programme. The 10-month intensive course, which was introduced at HSE in 2015, is designed for international students with little or no knowledge of Russian who wish to undertake Russian-taught full-degree programmes. The curriculum focuses on basic language skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing) and students are able to study in their chosen academic field (humanities, economics, or engineering). This year, young graduates from 40 different countries attended the ceremony, where they were congratulated by their teachers, friends and families.
On November 15, international student admissions for undergraduate and Master’s programmes opened. This year, prospective students can apply to two programmes simultaneously. They’ll be able to track the application process online in their personal profile on the HSE website where they will receive notifications on the stages of their application’s review and decisions by the admissions committee. The documents for visa invitation can also be submitted there.
‘Everyone Finds It Challenging in the Beginning, but I’ve Progressed a Lot, and Now I Can Speak Russian Very Well’
On July 21, 2017, the graduation ceremony for the Preparatory Year programme was held. During the ceremony, more than 170 students from 40 countries received their diplomas, which will enable them to continue their studies in Russia.
HSE’s Preparatory Year trains international students with little or no knowledge of Russian before they begin Russian-taught full-degree programs. Over 10 months of intensive study, students improve their language skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), study in a chosen academic field (humanities, economics, or engineering), and adapt to the new educational environment. Upon completing the Preparatory Year, students are expected to possess intermediate-level Russian language skills and be ready to enter Russian-taught full-degree programmes at HSE and other Russian universities.