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Application for HSE Minors is Open


First-year students can select a minor in their personal accounts beginning at 18.00, March 26. HSE is offering a variety of interesting minors this year, so that students can choose the right minor for themselves.

Who Should Apply for a Minor and Why

A minor represents a series of four disciplines different form the student’s major track. A minor can be complex (when all four disciplines are interconnected) and ‘free’ (students can choose a new discipline every half a year). The minor is taught during the second and third years of undergraduate studies, so first-year students (of which there are currently about 6,500) should apply for their desired disciplines now.

In their personal account, students can choose five minors, in order of priority. The minor they will eventually study depends on several factors—particularly, their academic performance and the number of students signed up for a given minor. Minors that receive at least 60 applications will be taught.

For more information on how to apply for a minor please visit the webpage (in Russian).

Which Minors are Open for Application

About 60 minors in 8 areas of study are available at HSE Moscow this year.

There is a series of minors in Asian Studies, the majority of which were developed by the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies.

 ‘Is there anybody who is not interested in learning firsthand about archaeological excavations, the secrets of ancient civilizations, mysterious writings and their decoding, and about how characters and the first alphabets appeared?’ says Ilya Smirnov, Director of the Institute, discussing the wide range of new minors. ‘Students will also be able to delve into the thousand-year-old history of Chinese culture and reflect upon its links with the China of today, and learn more about Japanese manga, which enjoys popularity worldwide, or Eastern cinema - old and new.’

HSE’s new faculties of Chemistry and Biology and Biotechnologies completed their selection of natural science minors. The MIEM minor in technology of experimental research has been fully updated. The minor ‘Science Communications: Theory and Practice’ (prepared by the Centre for Student Academic Development) will teach students how to present their research.

Three minors 'Human Rights: Concepts and Practices''Russia in Comparative Perspective' and 'International Political Economy' will be taught in English.

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Online Scholarship Calculator for Undergraduate Applicants

International students applying to HSE’s undergraduate programmes can receive scholarships that fully or partially cover their tuition costs. Some of these scholarships are awarded based on entrance exam results. Now we have an online calculator that will help you determine what scholarship you qualify for when  applying to one of HSE’s Bachelor's programmes.

New Knowledge and New Friends: Chinese First-Year Student on Adapting to University Life in Moscow

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People have already submitted their applications to Master’s and Bachelor’s programmes at HSE University. So far, students from 113 countries have expressed their interest in studying at HSE University. For the 2019/2020 academic year, HSE University is offering 10 Bachelor’s programmes and 31 Master’s programmes taught entirely in English. The strongest applicants will be eligible for full or partial scholarships. For Master’s programmes, applications will be evaluated on the strength of the portfolios that can be submitted online via an applicant’s personal account on HSE University’s website.

Students of Parallel Degree Programme in International Relations Perform Significantly Higher than International Average on University of London Exams

The number of HSE students who successfully passed the exams conducted at the University of London in 2018 was significantly higher than the average for other universities participating in the international programme there. HSE received the status of Recognized Teaching Centre.

HSE Art and Design School Welcomes English-Speaking Students

The HSE Art and Design School is pleased to announce new English-language undergraduate programmes in Communication Design and Environmental Design. International applicants are invited to apply for the 2019-2020 academic year.

New Bachelor’s Programme in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology

The new Faculty of Biology and Biotechnologies has opened at HSE and will begin accepting applications to the Cellular and Molecular Biotechnologies Bachelor’s Programme this year. Here we explain what students will study at the new faculty as well as its relationship with the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and the business community.

How International Students Can Receive Scholarships at HSE

HSE offers several scholarships that allow international students to cover part of their tuition fees in both undergraduate and graduate programmes. Scholarships are offered as a tuition discount for international students and take effect at the time of their enrolment in HSE. The scholarships are granted for the full period of studies.

HSE to Recognize International Certificates from Foreign Applicants

Prospective international undergraduate students who submit certificates in English language and math will have them considered in their applications to study at HSE. This opportunity will be made available to applicants for fee-paying slots as part of a special competition for foreign citizens. All the details are below.