Indonesian Student Chooses HSE to Pursue Entrepreneurial Dream
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.
With the full support of his parents, Sebastian Billy initially worked with the Russian Centre for Science & Culture in Jakarta to submit a motivation letter and abstract, take the admissions test and complete the interview process, which he said was intimidating at first but was a positive experience overall.
‘I made a lot of revisions before I submitted my abstract and motivation letter directly to Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Jakarta. After they checked my files, they offered to interview me’, he said. ‘On the interview day, I saw a lot people who wanted to attend HSE. When I entered the interview room, I felt very nervous. In my town, we almost never see people from another country, so I had never spoken with foreign people. My lucky time came, and I met with the HSE International Admissions representative, Ekaterina Sintsova. I told how I really wanted to attend HSE. Fortunately, they made me feel really confident. I was able to explain my abstract and answer all questions’.
Following his studies, Sebastian Billy hopes to put his knowledge of advertising and public relations to use as an entrepreneur, including by rebuilding an online motorcycle taxi business he started with three of his friends last year. Living in a small town where public transportation does not meet the needs of residents, his company aims to use social media as a platform where motorcyclists can make money by picking up passengers and making deliveries. Eventually, however, competitors entered the market, which affected the company’s profitability.
‘Today, the situation has become more difficult’, he says, speaking of the challenges resulting from increased competition. ‘I learned a lot about relationships and trust. I am coming to Russia to gain knowledge to rebuild my business. I hope that I’ll be able to apply what I learn and take advantage of it in a new era’.
Before starting his Bachelor’s programme, Sebastian needs to study Russian, which is why he has enrolled in the HSE Preparatory Year Programme on a Russian government scholarship. ‘The first words I learned in Russian were ‘yes’, ‘no’, and ‘thank you’. My friends help me to speak Russian. I can say that I’m trying hard to learn the language and the teachers in the Preparatory Year help me a lot. I like the lessons we have’.
Sebastian says that he is happy to be in Moscow because he entered one of the biggest universities in Russia. He is living at the HSE dormitory, which he finds quite comfortable. ‘My roommates are very nice people. I am happy with the atmosphere. While the dormitory is not very close to academic buildings, I have managed to learn the metro system and can now use it on my own. My friends have helped me settle in – I especially appreciated their advice on winter coats. I’ve also found that Russian people are very helpful and friendly. And I’ve started to try Russian food – pelmeni, for instance, and Russian bread – it’s very tasty’.
Sebastian Billy recommends other young people consider studying abroad. ‘For small-town people, study abroad is a dream’, he says, ‘but now I feel I will realize my dream. To all international young people who are thinking of going abroad, be brave don't be afraid! This is my first experience and I can say that I’m really enjoying it.’
Prepared by Anna Chernyakhovskaya specially for HSE News Service
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.
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HSE BA and MA programmes in public administration have received European accreditation by the EAPAA.
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.
‘Everyone Finds It Challenging in the Beginning, but I’ve Progressed a Lot, and Now I Can Speak Russian Very Well’
On July 21, 2017, the graduation ceremony for the Preparatory Year programme was held. During the ceremony, more than 170 students from 40 countries received their diplomas, which will enable them to continue their studies in Russia.
Fifteen American students have come to HSE to study Russian as a foreign language as part of ‘USA in Russia’ study abroad programme developed by the University of South Alabama in partnership with HSE since 2014. Every other year, Nicholas Gossett, Assistant Professor of Russian and Applied Linguistics, brings a group of students to Moscow to study the Russian language as well as attend lectures and seminars on Russian culture, history, business, and other subjects. The goal is for students to not only improve their knowledge of the Russian language but to also make life-long connections in Russia which will help them in the academic, professional, and personal life.
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.
HSE’s Preparatory Year trains international students with little or no knowledge of Russian before they begin Russian-taught full-degree programs. Over 10 months of intensive study, students improve their language skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), study in a chosen academic field (humanities, economics, or engineering), and adapt to the new educational environment. Upon completing the Preparatory Year, students are expected to possess intermediate-level Russian language skills and be ready to enter Russian-taught full-degree programmes at HSE and other Russian universities.
HSE’s Faculty of Humanities is launching a new Master’s programme on teaching Russian as a foreign language. Olga Eremina, Academic Director of the programme, told the HSE News Service why the programme will be taught in two languages and who ‘heritage language learners’ are, as well as why the labour market for the programme’s graduates will be expanding.
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.