Attracted by the Variety of HSE’s Programmes and Students
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.
— Why did you choose Russia for your undergraduate studies? Where did you study before? Is this your first international experience?
— First, I was born to Russian parents who immigrated to Israel in 1990, and I also have relatives living in Moscow. Secondly, in my hometown, we do not have programmes like the one I am studying in now, so I decided that improving my Russian and English alongside getting a double degree is a better idea than staying in Israel. Before that, I served the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) for three years, and prior to that, I studied in the Gymnasia of Tel Aviv. This is my first international experience in terms of education.
— After several months at HSE Moscow, what are some of your observations and impressions?
— Well, HSE is really welcoming to international students, and the variety of programmes, the staff, and the native students make everything much easier to overcome for international students.
— What are some of your favourite subjects, and why? Have any teachers made a particular impression?
— The most interesting subject is without doubt Regional Studies. The material has widened my knowledge way beyond my initial thoughts about the subject. Furthermore, Andrei Skriba, one of the programme's academic supervisors and a Regional Studies teacher, has exceeded my expectations first because of the variety of ways he delivers the material, and second because he cares personally about students. Overall, his commitment to the programme deserves respect.
— Have you tried any of the sports clubs at HSE or other leisure opportunities?
— No, I work in addition to studying, so I unfortunately don’t have enough time for those activities.
— What have been some of the lessons learned while living and studying in Moscow? Looking back, would you have done anything differently?
— First, anyone would probably find it hard to overcome the weather and the overall ‘grey’ atmosphere surrounding Moscow, while trying to study well and get used to a new environment, new people, language, etc. I am a man, and when I have a goal to achieve, I switch my brain to ‘extreme mode’, which helps me overcome the cultural shock I might be experiencing much faster and to focus on achieving what I came here to achieve. The interesting part is that after three or four months of doing that, you start to see the real beauty of Moscow and the benefits it provides to one’s personality, because overcoming difficulties here means greater ease back in your home country. So, my advice would be focus on your main goals and be patient.
Anna Chernyakhovskaya, specially for HSE News service
Graduates of HSE University’s International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF) traditionally receive their degrees against a backdrop of grand fireplaces, an oak staircase, and a balcony overlooking the Kremlin. This is because the ICEF holds its commencement ceremony at the British ambassador’s residence on the Sofiyskaya Embankment. And this is not by accident. Graduates of the ICEF’s bachelor’s programme receive two degrees from HSE and the University of London, respectively, while graduates of the ICEF’s Master’s Programme in ‘Financial Economics’ receive a degree from HSE and the London School of Economics. This year marked the ICEF’s 19th commencement ceremony.
The HSE University and Kyung Hee University double degree programme ‘Economics and Politics in Asia’ is currently enrolling students. Its academic supervisor, Denis Shcherbakov, spoke about the advantages of the programme, internships at Asian universities and companies, as well as the new focus on Southeast Asia.
On July 24, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and State Hermitage Museum Director Mikhail Piotrovsky officially signed a cooperation agreement. The university and the museum will collaborate on joint educational projects and research.
Maria Fay earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Informatics from HSE University (2013). Today, she works at SAP and is in charge of innovation projects in Central and Eastern Europe. She recently earned her PhD from the University of Liechtenstein. Maria has talked with the HSE News Service about combining education, work, and research.
Students who have been accepted to the HSE bachelor’s programmes in ‘Law’ and ‘Private Law’ may simultaneously enroll in the second degree programme at the University of London to supplement their basic training. The second degree programme is also open to external students and working professionals.
International students planning to apply to Bachelor’s programmes at HSE University next year are invited to register for the International Youth Olympiad-2020. The contest will be held in October 2019. The winners and laureates will be eligible for tuition-free studies at HSE University.
The HSE Department of Chemistry will begin accepting applications this year for its new Bachelor’s Programme in Chemistry. Programme Director and Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Corresponding Member Andrey Yaroslavtsev explains how the programme will be organised and why HSE is an excellent option for anyone planning to pursue a career in chemistry.
Makar Stetsenko, an alumnus of the ‘Applied Mathematics and Information Science’ programme (2017), now works at Silicon Valley Insight developing digital products. In a special interview for HSE, he discussed T-shaped people, what it is like to work remotely in the tech sector and the benefits of participating in conferences and workshops.
Every year HSE graduates get accepted to postgraduate schools at the world’s leading universities. Vladislav Semerikov is just now completing his fourth year in the Bachelor’s Programme ‘Economics’, and he has already been accepted to a PhD programme at Pennsylvania State University.
This year, the HSE Faculty of Law is launching new extended programmes in Common Law, for which graduates will receive a degree from the University of London. These programmes are open for first-year students, as well as for other students and professionals.