• A
  • A
  • A
  • ABC
  • ABC
  • ABC
  • А
  • А
  • А
  • А
  • А
Regular version of the site

HSE to Recognize International Certificates from Foreign Applicants

HSE to Recognize International Certificates from Foreign Applicants

Prospective international undergraduate students who submit certificates in English language and math will have them considered in their applications to study at HSE. This opportunity will be made available to applicants for fee-paying slots as part of a special competition for foreign citizens. All the details are below.

Applicants have to take exams in math and/or English if they wish to apply one of HSE’s six English-taught programmes (or for any of over 40 undergraduate programmes at the HSE Moscow campus). Detailed information on the application procedure, tuition fees, scholarships and grants can be found on the Admissions website.

Ivan Prostakov

HSE Vice Rector

‘Recognition of international certificates for foreign students applying to HSE is not only an important gesture towards those willing to study at HSE; most importantly, this change is a sign of the university’s ongoing internationalization. In fact, we are doing the same as our international partner universities, which accept international students not only based on international exams, but even national ones, including the Russian Unified State Exam.’
Sergey Yakovlev

Director of ICEF

‘Recognizing the results of international exams for undergraduate applicants is a common practice among all leading universities in the world. Now HSE also provides such opportunity and is happy to welcome even more international students from around the globe.’

The following international exams are recognized


English language:
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), 
  • iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), 
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), 
  • Business English Certificate Higher (Bec H).

  • Advanced Placement Test in Calculus AB или Calculus BC, 
  • Advanced Level (A-Level) Mathematics or Further Mathematics, 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) (Mathematics, standard level, higher level, Further mathematics, higher level).

Period during which exam results are valid

To apply to HSE, students must submit a certificate received no earlier than September 1, 2017.

How to use your certificate

First, register in the international applicant’s Personal Account and get an ID number. Then, apply for recognition of your certificate, using the form that will be made available on the website. Send the application to Int_exam@hse.ru and wait for a notification that this application has been accepted.

Applicants should then send a request to the organization that administers the international exam for the certificate to be sent to HSE at: 13 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa, Building 4, Room 112, Moscow, 101000, Russia, Valeria Kupina. Alternatively, certificates can be sent to HSE via email at Int_exam@hse.ru.

For Cambridge certificates (CAE, CPE, BEC H), please provide your Candidate ID and code number (four digits). This information can be received at the test centre or found on your exam registration confirmation.

 Please note that certificates must be submitted to HSE no later than August 20, 2019.

Conversion of exam results to HSE grades

All international exam levels and grade scales are recalculated on a 100-point scale used in HSE admissions. Conversion charts for each exam are available on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

International certificate or internal HSE exam – what should I choose?

Applicants who have already registered for an internal HSE exam but who then decide to provide an international certificate instead should notify the moderator in their Personal Account to cancel the exam registration.

If you have already passed HSE exams, but their results are lower than what the results would be based on your certificate, you can use the certificate recognition procedure. In other words, you can take both internal and international exams and then choose the higher result.

See also:

‘Philosophy Isn’t Taught in School. You Have to Gain the Knowledge and Systematize It Yourself’

Amiran Karatsev won the 2020 HSE Global Scholarship Competition (GSC) in Tajikistan in subjects that are not usually taught in high school: philosophy and psychology. Amiran spoke to HSE News Service about the advantages of participating in person, why some of the Competition tasks have no correct answer, and how to not only effectively prepare for it, but have fun while doing it. Let’s prepare for the 2021 GSC together with 2020 winners!

Two Additional HSE – Moscow Programmes Receive International ZEvA Accreditation

The Central Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation (ZEvA) determined that the HSE Bachelor’s programme in ‘Sociology’ and the HSE Master’s programme in ‘Comparative Social Research’ meet international educational quality standards. Both programmes have been accredited unconditionally for six years.

HSE Student Joins Extended Ranks of the Worldskills Russia National Team

Nikita Pershukov, a 4th-year bachelor’s student studying Information Science and Computation Technology at the HSE Tikhonov Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM HSE), has placed among the Russian national team’s expanded membership for the WorldSkills Russia competition in the ‘Network and System Administration’ category. In an interview with the HSE New Service, Nikita talked about the team selection process and what lies ahead for him and his fellow teammates.

‘More Competition Gives You Greater Incentive to Prove to Yourself that You Are a Worthy Competitor’

Arina Smirnova (Kyrgyzstan) knows like no other what it is like to start all over again and achieve her goals in spite of everything. Arina won the HSE Global Scholarship Competition (GSC) for the first time in 2017 and then outperformed herself three years later. Arina spoke with HSE News Service about how to choose a competition subject that’s right for you, how to prepare for moving to another country and, most importantly, how to not lose faith in yourself. Let’s get ready for GSC 2021 with the winners of 2020!

Top Managers of Leading Russian and International Companies Deliver Lectures and Master Classes at the HSE Graduate School of Business

Sixteen top managers of leading Russian and international companies gave online guest lectures and master classes at the HSE Graduate School of Business. CEOs and department heads spoke to students of all Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes of GSB.

When the Borders Are Closed, Study ‘Abroad’ in a Double Degree Programme

This year, alternatives to studying abroad are as relevant as never before. HSE University annually launches new joint programmes with world’s biggest universities. One of HSE’s oldest and most recognized double degree programmes is the ICEF bachelor’s programme, in which students can earn a degree not only from HSE University, but from the University of London as well. Below, we talk about the advantages of such a degree, career opportunities after graduation, and the programme prerequisites.

Students in the HSE Faculty of Economic Sciences Switch to Project-based Learning

In the new academic year, first-year students in the HSE Faculty of Economic Sciences will have the opportunity to work alongside senior students on joint projects that are both practice and research-oriented.

International Students Talk Living in Saint Petersburg and Studying at HSE

Many international students study at HSE University St. Petersburg's English-taught programmes. They come to Russia from different corners of the world for different reasons: to learn the Russian language, to live in a new place, or to immerse themselves in an intercultural environment. Several undergraduate students shared their impressions of studying at the university, interacting with classmates and lecturers, and living in St. Petersburg.

How Will the New Academic Year Start for International Students?

Classes will begin on-campus on September 1 (for some graduate programmes on October 1), and wearing masks in university buildings and dormitories will be mandatory for all students and teachers. HSE University will arrange online learning with mandatory support from professors for newly enrolled international students who are currently unable to travel to Russia.

‘The Lockdown Was a Good Thing for My Studies: I Had More Time to Prepare for Exams’

The summer final exam session at HSE University (as well theses defences) was conducted completely online. The HSE News Service talked to international students about what they thought of the new knowledge assessment technologies and how they would like to take exams in future.