Ten Facts about HSE's International Community
Every year, the HSE family welcomes representatives of new countries and becomes more interesting and diverse. On June 4, 2017, international students will talk to visitors about their home countries and introduce them to their cultures at The Whole World at HSE festival. To give you a quick pre-festival snapshot of how international HSE is, we’ve brought together ten facts about the university international life for you.
1. Over 1,700 international students study at HSE today, and another 600 come here as part of exchange programmes. Over 600 HSE students spend a semester or year abroad as part of academic mobility programmes.
2. The university employs over 100 professionals from 25 countries, hired under the international recruitment procedure. Besides, several prominent international scholars, including Eric Maskin, Nobel Prize winner in economics, and Andrey Okounkov, Fields Medal winner, work at HSE.
3. HSE campuses offer 25 master’s and 5 undergraduate programmes taught in English, where Russian and international students study together. In addition, there are 42 double-degree programmes with leading universities in Europe, America, and Asia.
5. Since 2014, HSE has held a Summer University for international students. These summer semesters give students an opportunity to get credits that are accepted at their home universities. You can choose courses from seven subject areas, including Russian studies, political science & international relations, economics & management, computer science, mathematics, cultural studies & history, and Russian as a foreign language. Summer University students can also attend courses at HSE campuses in St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod.
6. There is an Erasmus Student Network office at HSE, ESN HSE Moscow, which regularly hosts a variety of events for international students, including excursions around Moscow and Russia.
7. One of HSE’s student associations is called ‘HSE Chamber of Nationalities’, which organizes national culture nights, movie nights, charity actions, roundtables, and academic conferences.
8. Buddy volunteers help the HSE’s international students settle in to life in Moscow and studies at the university. A buddy is someone who can help international students deal with formalities, organize their everyday life and leisure time, and understand the nuances of student life, etc. There is also a special workshop in intercultural communication focusing on culture shock, among other things. HSE regularly holds orientation sessions for international students where they are told about the university’s history and structure, as well as about its academic and extracurricular life. Cultural Cafés are organized throughout the year, also aimed at integrating international students.
9. HSE runs a Preparatory Year programme, which helps international students prepare to enter both undergraduate and graduate programmes at HSE. Among other things, it offers courses of Russian language.
10. In 2017, HSE is launching an MA programme ‘Russian as a Foreign Language in Cross-Cultural Perspective’. Its graduates will be able not only to teach Russian grammar to international students, but also to introduce them to Russian culture. The programme will be taught in Russian and English, which means that both Russian students with good English skills, and international students with a good knowledge of Russian will be able to study there.
Representatives of about 30 international universities have come to Moscow to take part in International Partner Week at HSE and discuss cooperation agreements, joint educational programmes, and research and student exchange programmes. On June 23, a partner university fair will be held for HSE students.
On June 4, 2017, the annual festival ‘The Whole World at HSE’ took place in the courtyard of the HSE building on Shabolovka Street. In our photo report, we present lectures, workshops, Armenian dances, Mongolian sweets, the nardi game from Azerbaijan, and many other things that people saw at the festival.
On June 4, 2017, HSE is holding ‘The Whole World at HSE’ festival, dedicated to the cultures of different peoples. It’s a great opportunity for many international students to share information about their country’s culture and explain how Russian culture might be perceived by people with a different mentality. HSE international students and faculty have shared their views on both their and our respective cultures.
The concrete block in the courtyard of the HSE Institute of Education has been a lasting image of the WW2 era. However, last summer, the institute’s staff came up with the idea of turning it into a piece of art. The idea was put forth by Igor Chirikov, Director of theCentre of Sociology of Higher Education, whereby this useless piece of concrete would be transformed into a monument to the ‘anonymous peer reviewer’. Moreover, this idea ended up garnering the most support as a result of an internal vote.