HSE has over 140 student associations. We’ve selected some of the most active and interesting ones that are open to HSE instructors and staff.
The Documentary Film Club organizes screenings of documentary films. Many of the events include Q&A sessions with the film creators. Some of the films are shown in English or with English subtitles. In October 2018, OPIA organized a big festival of Western Berlin culture. Film announcements are available by subscription.
The association helps community members with developmental and intellectual disabilities find friends at HSE. Best Buddies at HSE is part of the international association of the same name. The team organizes training sessions and visits to events with their supervisees, such as exhibitions, films, and theatre performances. Best Buddies HSE has had some international volunteers, with whom members have continued communication even after they went back to their home countries.
Volunteer teachers help kids from orphanages prepare for exams. The association is only starting its operations and is now recruiting volunteers in different areas. International participants are welcome to help as teachers and as technical support, SMM, or design experts.
This association organizes waste sorting at HSE buildings, as well as excursions, film screenings, lectures and other events to popularize environmentally conscious living. It publishes environment-related texts and has created a map of separate waste collection points at HSE. The events include EcoTalks, some of which are conducted in English.
The orchestra repertoire includes classical music and music by contemporary composers, such as film soundtracks. The Orchestra is always accepting new members: HSE staff members can apply now. Rehearsals take place on Staraya Basmannaya from 7 to 9 pm.
Weekly training sessions for experienced outdoor workout fans, as well as for beginners. The participants get together at parks that have good outdoor workout equipment. Most often, the meetings take place not far from Sokol metro station.
The Extreme Sports Club offers lots of sports and leisure activities, such as tourism, surfing, diving, horse riding, alpine skiing and snowboarding. You are welcome to join both as a participant and an organizer. Registration for trekking in Kyrgyzstan is open until May 31: the participants will trek along the turquoise lake of Ala-Kul.
The HSE Tourist Club welcomes both experienced backpackers as well as people without any experience. The team organizes lectures and tours. For example, in 2019 beginners went to the Caucasus Mountains over the May holidays. Weekend tours with an English-speaking instructor are available for international participants. The club is active at different HSE campuses. To join the Moscow club, fill out a registration form.