Admissions Made Easy for International Students: 2018/2019 Academic Year
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.
The number of English-taught programmes has grown this year, and HSE now offers eight undergraduate and 27 Master’s programmes across its different campuses. The new undergraduate programmes include a double degree programme with Kyung Hee University in Economics and Politics in Asia, as well as double degree programmes with the University of London in Applied Data Analysis and Management and Digital Innovation (Moscow). HSE St. Petersburg is launching a new English-taught master’s programme in Management and Analytics for Business.
Deadlines and tuition fee waivers
Applications for undergraduate programmes can be submitted until August 10, 2018, and for Master’s programmes until July 15, 2018. However, if you require a Russian visa, it is better to apply as early as possible since it might take up to two or in some cases three months to receive a visa. All applications submitted by February 28 will be considered for Russian government scholarships that are awarded on a merit basis. Applications submitted after March 1 will participate in the competition for fee-paying slots only.
Students who pay their tuition within 30 days after the application is approved will receive an additional 5% discount, which combines with other discounts offered by the university. More information is available on discounts for undergraduate programmes, as well as discounts for Master’s programmes.
It should be noted that full-tuition scholarships and university discounts don’t apply to programmes that do not have any state-funded slots. These programmes may offer their own discounts.
Information on tuition rates for the 2018/19 academic year will be available later. A preliminary assessment can be made on the basis of last year’s costs for undergraduate and Master’s programmes.
How to apply
To apply for admission, please set up a personal profile for prospective undergraduate or Master’s students. You will be sent a login and password within 24 hours after registration (except for weekends and national holidays). In the personal profile, choose the language of instruction (Russian or English), and choose two programmes from the list of programmes at all four campuses. Indicate the priority of the programmes. Detailed information about the admissions process can be found on International Admissions website.
How to enter undergraduate programmes
The most popular way to enter HSE undergraduate programmes for international Russian-speaking students has been participation in HSE Olympiads for school students. Winners and runners up of the Olympiads can receive priority enrolment with either admission to tuition-free spots or a discount on tuition. The full list of benefits for Olympiad winners will be available after December 15.
Another way is to apply as part of a special competition for foreign citizens. To pursue this option, students pass on-site or online tests in two subjects. When students submit their application online, they can choose the date and time for online testing. Online testing will be carried out from December through May. Make sure your computer meets the technical requirements as outlined here. On-site exams will be offered from May through August in Moscow and at other campuses. Based on the results of the examination, applicants will be recommended for enrolment in state-funded or fee-paying places with or without a discount.
International students can also apply to HSE alongside Russian citizens as part of the general admissions. To do so, they must either pass the Unified State Examination or internal exams at HSE in the relevant subjects.
How to enter Master’s programmes
Applicants to Master’s programme upload portfolios online based on the requirements of the programmes they are interested in. Those applying for two programmes should submit two motivation letters, one for each programme. The completed applications are reviewed by the programmes, which make a decision within two weeks. (Note: applications won’t be considered during the holiday period of December 25 through January 8). Applicants may be recommended for a state-funded slot (if the application is made before February 28), or for a fee-paying slot, with or without a discount.
In addition, winners of the HSE Olympiad for university students and graduates which will take place in March, and the Open Doors competition can receive discounts or free tuition at HSE. In other words, a prospective student may be intially recommended for a fee-paying slot, but after the Olympiad they may receive a discount or a free tuition offer.
If necessary, the programme may invite prospective students for an interview, which is usually held online, for example over Skype. Notifications on interview invitations will appear in the personal profile and sent to the email address that was submitted during the registration. It should be noted that if the applicant ignores the invitation twice, their application will be denied.
International students who want to apply to HSE’s Russian-taught programmes but don’t have sufficient proficiency in Russian, or who need training in the area of the programme’s studies, can take various courses offered by the preparatory programme. Starting in 2018, the programme will offer courses lasting from 6 to 18 months. Students will be able to choose from advanced Russian courses or subject studies combined with Russian language courses.
Preparatory Year at HSE aims to help students learn the Russian language in order to subsequently apply to Russian-taught Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes at HSE or other Russian universities. Two recent graduates of the programme share their impressions.
December is one of the two months during the year when students can transfer to HSE from other academic institutions. To facilitate this process, HSE has introduced an online service for those seeking a transfer.
In 2018, the Higher School of Economics will launch an English-taught double degree programme in partnership with the University of London in Applied Data Analysis. Graduates will be awarded an undergraduate degree from HSE in Applied Mathematics and Information Science and a Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics from the University of London. International applicants are invited to apply online starting November 15, 2017.
On October 31st, 2017, the bachelor’s programme in Economics taught by HSE in St. Petersburg successfully passed accreditation by ICAEW, a prestigious British association of accountants.
For Sebastian Billy Anggara, a 20-year-old student from Kediri, Indonesia, coming to HSE to study has been like a dream come true. After learning about HSE from his older brother, who is studying international relations in the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, he decided to apply to the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design to do a Bachelor’s in Advertising and Public Relations. Since the programme is taught in Russian, he will first study at HSE’s Preparatory Year to master the language.
HSE Public Administration Programmes Become the First in Russia to Receive International Recognition
HSE BA and MA programmes in public administration have received European accreditation by the EAPAA.
Starting from the next academic year, Bachelor’s students at HSE will have the opportunity to include the courses of a specially designed continuing education project in their curriculum. Those who choose these courses will have additional advantages on the labour market.
‘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.
Alexander Bespalov, a first-year student in the HSE and University of London Parallel Degree Programme in International Relations, was born in Israel to parents who had emigrated from Russia. He recently sat down with the HSE News Service to talk about why he chose to come to Russia for study, the challenges he has overcome, and what he is looking to achieve during his time at HSE.
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.