'The Best Experience of My Life'
The Higher School of Economics gradually takes higher positions in the authoritative World University Rankings. At the same time, the University is becoming more and more popular among international students. On the one hand, foreigners can apply to study for free through full-tuition scholarships which completely waive all tuition fees for select full-degree Bachelor's and Master's programmes at HSE. On the other hand, tuition fees in HSE appear to be lower than in many universities outside Russia. We have talked to English speaking graduates of the English-taught Master’s programme System and Software Engineering and found out about their experience of studying in HSE, life in Moscow, and what do they do as professionals now.
I got my Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Uludağ University in Turkey. I was employed by Yandex company as a search quality team member and desired to improve my skills in IT sphere. There was no Computer Science Department in Uludağ University while I was studying there. I always admired the technical talents of my Russian colleagues in the company and related their skills with the great scientific heritage of Russia. This idea motivated me to look for a programme in Moscow.
The Higher School of Economics offered me scholarship and great educational opportunities. I have made a search about the School of Software Engineering in HSE and was impressed by the solid background of lecturers. Many students of HSE are awarded in many competitions. That gave me a great impression.
Admission procedure was pretty much the same as it is with all international Master’s Degree programmes around the world. I have submitted the necessary official documents and had an online interview with the faculty’s election committee. HSE's International Admissions Centre supported me during the whole process.
Multimodule-based education system and multinational environment were the biggest differences in comparison to the educational process of Uludağ University. Unprecedented atmosphere of Moscow enveloped me and turned these two years of studies into the best experience of my life. Now I have lifetime friends not just from Russia but also from all around the world thanks to HSE. I still follow the achievements of my department.
I am happy to see now that I have made the right decision. I will always be grateful for the continuous support of both the department staff and my classmates. HSE also provided good accommodation for me during my studies along with other students from literally all around the world. I am sure new students will have even more opportunities waiting for them.
Now I am still working for Yandex in Turkey and searching for a PhD and postgraduate programmes.
I chose the Higher School of Economics because, first of all, this university is considered to be one of the most famous universities in Russia. The most important thing for me was to find a programme in my specialization that is taught in English. Admission procedure appeared to be very simple. I just followed the steps outlined on HSE website and succeeded.
Comparing to the University of Baghdad in Iraq where I got my Bachelor degree, the system was generally the same. Basically, the best thing I can remember from two years of studying at HSE are the lecturers. Each lecture gave a fresh impulse to the new ideas for my research project. The lecturers are all very well-educated, open-minded, and kind. They encouraged us to do our best. I would especially like to mention Professors Sergey Zykov and Sergey Avdoshin. During my studies, I also did some research and published a joint article with my research advisor Prof. Zykov.
As for life in Russia and adaptation... To be honest, life in Moscow is not an easy one for a foreigner. But I had a great time in Moscow and I would like to come back again.
Now I am a permanent employee in Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I am working in IT Department as a programmer and looking to do a PhD after at least two years.
The high quality of HSE’s Bachelor programme has been recognised by experts on the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the headquarters of which are located in the U.S. For more than 85 years, ABET has been accrediting college and university programmes in the applied and natural sciences, computing, engineering and engineering technology. HSE’s Software Engineering programme is the only one in Russia to have received this accreditation.
The Master’s programme in System and Software Engineering aims to provide students an opportunity not only to acquire the knowledge and experience they need in their chosen profession, but also to help them generate a systemic view on bringing resolutions to the difficult professional challenges they are certain to face in the future. Academic Supervisor Dmitry Alexandrov talks about programme features and international students share their experience of living and studying in Moscow.
Second year Software Engineering students Anton Kondrashov and Alexander Lazarenko have taken first place in the Robot Battle hackathon organized by Yandex. Participants had to write a bot for any popular messaging service, that could quickly and easily solve users’ payment problems.
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