In early March, HSE University introduced measures against the spread of COVID-19. All academic mobility programmes have been cancelled. The University administration has prepared instructions on how to get refunded for your expenses.
Without any delay, contact your service providers (airline, dorm, etc.) for a refund. If the provider refuses to give you a refund, obtain written confirmation from them stating that they will not give you a refund.
If the provider has reason to deny you a refund, HSE University may reimburse the costs incurred by you, pending the decision made by a special committee in the cases described below (see Question 2).
You can apply for reimbursement for a trip that has started or was planned to start before June 30, 2020 if the university (department, programme) had officially confirmed before the programme start date that your costs would be reimbursed fully or in part (except for grant payments that you have received before the trip).
This means that the university will fulfill its obligations of reimbursing your costs, regardless of whether the trip was cancelled or interrupted.
In particular, this applies to international academic travel by students of all campuses as part of the following types of mobility:
The costs will be reimbursed by the department or programme budgets that originally approved the financial support for your trip. Reimbursement requests will be reviewed by department and programme heads with consideration of recommendations by the special committee.
When a student applies for reimbursement of these expenses, they must confirm that they have requested a refund from the service provider (airline, dorm, etc.), and that the refund has been either partially granted or denied.
Any costs that were previously approved to be covered by the University (or department or programme) qualify for reimbursement.
Generally, this includes coverage (full or partial, depending on what the original financial support agreement stipulated) of the following expenses: visa and consular fees, tickets, medical insurance for international travel, pre-paid accommodation, and university registration fees (if applicable).
In addition, the following costs may also be considered: penalty for the return ticket that was supposed to be used for the return flight at the end of studies, and purchase of a new ticket for pre-term return to Russia for programmes that were interrupted due to coronavirus protection measures.
If your case is one of those listed in the answer to Question 2, you may contact the Centre for International Student Mobility at email@example.com (if you are an undergraduate or master’s student), or the Doctoral Programmes Office (if you are a doctoral student) at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, indicate the amount you are requesting to have reimbursed and provide details about the costs. Attach the following scans to the message:
To have your request considered, submitting photos or copies (scans) of documents will suffice. If you get a positive decision on the reimbursement, you will have to provide the originals of the documents, which will serve as the basis for the money transfer.
You must apply before June 30, 2020 (if this term is not prolonged by further decisions, depending on the developing situation with COVID-19 infection).
If the previously made decision on financial support for your trip allowed for reimbursement of such costs (including following the general regulations of the programme), no additional papers will be needed.
As your request is processed, you may be requested to submit a written confirmation from your sponsors (parents or other relatives) that the payments have been made for you (you will receive the form to fill out). In this case, this confirmation is also necessary for the reimbursement.
No, they will not, because you already are an HSE University student, and the university’s administration has your personal data.
It will take about two weeks.
The Centre for International Student Mobility or the Doctoral Programmes Office will send your application to the department or programme head who made the initial decision on your trip’s financial support.
After your submitted documents are reviewed at this stage, the relevant department or programme head will forward the application to the university committee that considers COVID-19 protection-related cost reimbursement. The committee meets weekly.
The money will be transferred to your MIR card within 5 work days after your papers are submitted to the Accounting Office. All payments in cash have been halted as part of COVID-19 protection measures.
Reimbursement for academic mobility is considered based on previously made financial support arrangements, and is not related to whether students study on a fee-paying or budget-funded basis.
If you already left for a partner university, started studying there, and sent a confirmation to the HSE Student International Mobility Office, the scholarship will be paid in full, even if you had to cut your studies short and return to Russia.
If you did not leave before the restrictions were imposed, the right to receive a scholarship is reserved for you to participate in a mobility programme in the future.