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people have already submitted their applications to Master’s and Bachelor’s programmes at HSE University. So far, students from 113 countries have expressed their interest in studying at HSE University.

For the 2019/2020 academic year, HSE University is offering 10 Bachelor’s programmes and 31 Master’s programmes taught entirely in English. The strongest applicants will be eligible for full or partial scholarships. For Master’s programmes, applications will be evaluated on the strength of the portfolios that can be submitted online via an applicant’s personal account on HSE University’s website.

To learn more about HSE University’s educational offerings, watch programme webinars, explore the International Admissions website and read student reviews below: 

Alfredo de la Fuente (Peru), Master’s programme ‘Statistical Learning Theory’ 

I first came to Russia in 2015 for a conference, where I could witness the scientific level and technological atmosphere developing in Moscow. Based on advice from a few friends and professors, I decided to apply to a Master’s programme in a country with a different language and tradition, solely based on Russia’s famous mathematical education. I could not be more pleased with how things turned out to be. In addition, having some Russian friends and trying something new outside my comfort zone were my main motivations..

Pemanee Sangworn (Thailand), Master’s programme in Socioeconomic and Political Development of Modern Asia 

One of the biggest changes in my life has been becoming an HSE student. It is also one of the things I am most proud of. Professors have a lot of experience and effective teaching methods. The course has exposed a lot about the world to me and made me understand many things in greater depth. ‘Why does this project exists?’ ‘Why did the government proceed in this way?’ ‘What will happen next?’ Furthermore, I was taught to understand business culture which has made me more confident in case I have to negotiate with people from those countries.

Lastly, I have received not only a unique and excellent education but also warm friendships with my classmates who are always ready to share their knowledge. Moreover, the staff of faculty and dormitory have also taken great care of me.


Yash Madhwal (India), graduate of the Master’s programme ‘Big Data Systems’ 

Studying Big Data Systems at HSE University exceeded my expectations. I chose HSE because of its amazing international atmosphere and advanced Russian technology in terms of computer science, space research, etc. It was a platform which taught me how to apply classroom knowledge practically. HSE has helped me develop my skills for my future career. With the support from the University and the faculty, I was proud to represent HSE at many international conferences. In addition to studying, I made many international friends and learned a lot about Russian culture and its rich history. HSE will always be a place where learned beyond the classroom and I will always be a proud alumnus.

Hyen Jin Han (Korea), Bachelor’s student of HSE and University of London Double Degree Programme in Economics 

I had three reasons to go to HSE’s International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF). First of all, ICEF confers two diplomas: one from HSE and one from the University of London. Second, all programmes are taught in English, at a very high level, which is very useful for academic career. And third, the results of my exams were good enough to get the maximum discount on the tuition fees.


Abrar Riaz (Iran), Master’s programme ‘Cognitive Science and Technologies: From Neuron to Cognition’ 

What motivated me to join the programme offered by HSE Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience was the range of scientific labs that work with Neuroimaging, VR, and other Brain Sciences techniques under the supervision of the most professional Russian and international faculty members. More specifically, I really like having the opportunity to join one or more than one lab at a very early stage of the first year of the programme for better practical learning. Finally, the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at HSE is located in the heart of the beautiful city of Moscow.


Jovana Zafirovic (Serbia), Master’s programme in Comparative Social Research 

I am really glad that I decided to study at HSE. The University provided me with the opportunity to gain a lot of knowledge but also to get familiar with different cultures and people, especially Russian. The Comparative Social Research programme enables you to learn all the necessary skills to become an experienced social researcher. Most of the courses are really practical and the big part of the programme is the internship in Tilburg University, the Netherlands, which I am currently finishing.


María José Benítez Hidalgo (Ecuador), Master’s programme in Political Analysis and Public Policy 

The atmosphere at HSE makes me feel that the world is not as big as we might think. My classroom is already an example of how people from completely different cultures can interact and learn by respecting each other’s diversity and believing in dialogue. This is exactly what we need for building up tolerance nowadays. This is the most amazing thing of being part of HSE - to have found a family of colleagues from all over the world who at the same time became my best teachers. They make me believe that we, as a new generation of policy makers and human rights  defenders, will make the dream of building a more  aware, fair, equal and inclusive world possible.

Toklo Sewordor (Ghana), Master’s programme in Politics. Economics. Philosophy (PEP) 

When I first heard of the Masters programme in Politics. Economics. Philosophy (PEP), I realised this is definitely a place for me. The PEP courses are structured to bring out the best of students. The interesting part is usually during seminar discussions, especially in courses like Modern Political Science, Comparative Economics and Intellectual History as well as Research Seminars, which seek to develop your understanding of social, economic and political discourses at the domestic, regional and international level. Another exceptional aspect is the professors who are always available to make extra time to assist students even outside normal class periods. Also, the multicultural environment of Moscow is a great place for students from diverse cultural settings to meet and socialize not just as friends but as a new family from different parts of the world. I must admit that the Russian social setting is completely different from how it is perceived outside its borders. It is a lovely place and I particularly recommend the PEP programme at HSE to those who are excited to increase their knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Love Ugonna Umesi (Nigeria), graduate of Master’s in Population and Development 

As I searched through the pages of the internet, I stumbled on the Population and Development programme of Higher School of Economics. I liked that it cut across several disciplines. The combination of courses in this programme gives one an enhanced knowledge of the interrelation between economics and development.I am quite satisfied with the education I received because it equipped me with theoretical and practical knowledge. The programme taught me to analyse demographic data and use it in monitoring and evaluating development programmes. I was impressed by the level of knowledge our professors have. It was impressive how they were able to explain complex matters to us in a very simple way. The programme was quite challenging, yet rewarding.


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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

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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.