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Educational Experience in Russia

Matthew Boadi-Ampong from Ghana is a first-year student of Master’s programme in Political Analysis and Public Policy. He has shared his impressions of studying at HSE and living in Russia.

Studying at one of Russia’s foremost institutions of higher education with a strong, competitive record in the global rankings has been the privilege of a lifetime that will stay with me forever. The Higher School of Economics has given me a world class education where I have had the opportunity to meet students from every continent and from different cultural backgrounds, as well as international professors who are highly skilled and masters of what they teach.

Joining the Master’s programme in Political Analysis and Public Policy is an opportunity to join a family of greatness. The professors and classmates in the programme are not only the top in the field, but they are a new family that I will miss greatly after I complete the programme. They make you feel at home with a sense of love, care, and passion, and they are always looking to improve the experience of every single member of the programme.  We believe in one thing called unity. We work hard together, achieve great things together, and make a difference together. This was the family that helped me when I was on the verge of dropping out of the programme due to a lack of sponsorship. The students in my department offered me support, including crowd funding, after which the professors came in and decided to grant me a full-tuition scholarship. The university’s motto is ‘NOT FOR SCHOOL BUT FOR LIFE’, and HSE has given me competency, self-realization, toughness, and competitiveness, all of which make me more competitive on the job market. Future job security is not a worry for me.

HSE provides students with comfortable, affordable accommodation in a charming district of Moscow located a short metro ride away from the campus in the city centre. With HSE, every student matters, and you will be exposed to all of the elements of student life, take part in competitions, events and festivals organized by the university, as well as have the opportunity to visit interesting places in and around Moscow.

Apart from their financial support in time of need, I have been motivated by the advice I have received in my department, which makes me love them more. HSE helps you to write your own story and prepares you for nothing but the best in life.

No words can really express how delighted I am about my decision to study at HSE Moscow. The true picturesque nature of Russia cannot be described in ordinary words. This is a country rich in history, culture, and traditions. That said, the people of Russia are open and willing to develop friendships with people of any nationality. I am really proud to say that I am in Russia studying at the best university. Thank you for fulfilling my dream to be part of this life-changing learning community. 

Applications for tuition free studies are open until February 28, 2018. Regular admissions deadline for Master’s programmes is July 15, 2018.

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Student from Morocco: from Winter School to HSE Master's Program

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Migration Expert Stresses Importance of Diversity Ahead of Panel on European Refugee Crisis

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Policymakers Are Like Modern Sisyphuses

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Is Increased Democratization Domestically Linked to Improved Government Performance in Eastern Europe after the Cold War?

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Winter Lessons at HSE

On 31st January to 2nd February 2015 HSE held its annual International Winter School. The Department of Public Policy and Master Programme in Political Analysis and Public Policy headed by professor Nina Belyaeva took part in the event. The Winter School welcomed participants from Germany, France, China, Japan and other countries.

HSE Winter School: The Whole World in Miniature

From January 24 to February 4, HSE's Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs hosted an international winter school. Sixty students from across the globe (Korea, Japan, China, Germany, Italy, Poland, Egypt, Morocco, to name but a few) came together for 12 days and were plunged into the hustle and bustle of daily life in Russia.

Political Scientists from Five Continents Gather at the HSE to Discuss Workings of Public Policy

On May 28-29, 2014, an international academic conference ‘Analytical Communities in Policy Advisory Systems at the Global and Local Level: Comparative Analysis of Policy Impact’ took place at the HSE.

HSE and University of Bologna sign new agreement on dual-degree programme

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