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
December is one of the two months during the year when students can transfer to HSE from other academic institutions. To facilitate this process, HSE has introduced an online service for those seeking a transfer.
In 2018, the Higher School of Economics will launch an English-taught double degree programme in partnership with the University of London in Applied Data Analysis. Graduates will be awarded an undergraduate degree from HSE in Applied Mathematics and Information Science and a Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics from the University of London. International applicants are invited to apply online starting November 15, 2017.
On November 15, international student admissions for undergraduate and Master’s programmes opened. This year, prospective students can apply to two programmes simultaneously. They’ll be able to track the application process online in their personal profile on the HSE website where they will receive notifications on the stages of their application’s review and decisions by the admissions committee. The documents for visa invitation can also be submitted there.
On October 31st, 2017, the bachelor’s programme in Economics taught by HSE in St. Petersburg successfully passed accreditation by ICAEW, a prestigious British association of accountants.
For Sebastian Billy Anggara, a 20-year-old student from Kediri, Indonesia, coming to HSE to study has been like a dream come true. After learning about HSE from his older brother, who is studying international relations in the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, he decided to apply to the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design to do a Bachelor’s in Advertising and Public Relations. Since the programme is taught in Russian, he will first study at HSE’s Preparatory Year to master the language.
HSE Public Administration Programmes Become the First in Russia to Receive International Recognition
HSE BA and MA programmes in public administration have received European accreditation by the EAPAA.
Linda Moessler is a German student who spent her spring semester studying international relations at HSE Moscow. Despite political tensions and cultural differences, Linda managed to fit in greatly and enjoy her stay in Russia. Miss Moessler agreed to tell us about her experience as a foreign student at HSE. Her tale will surely be of great interest for those curious about how international students live in Russia.
Starting from the next academic year, Bachelor’s students at HSE will have the opportunity to include the courses of a specially designed continuing education project in their curriculum. Those who choose these courses will have additional advantages on the labour market.
In 2017, HSE will enroll students in 216 undergraduate and master’s programmes, including over 20 English-taught programmes. The application period for international students to HSE graduate and undergraduate programmes opened on November 1. This year, there are three application rounds. The final deadline is July 1, 2017.
This year, for the first time, international students applying to undergraduate programmes at HSE can take their entrance exams in English. These exams are necessary for admissions to the university’s two English-taught Bachelor’s programmes in Economics and in International Relations. Both programmes are run jointly with the University of London, a long-standing partner of HSE.