The HSE University Finance Unit has prepared answers to the most pressing questions about salary payments, scholarships, benefits, the use of bank cards in HSE buildings and much more.
Salaries will be paid on time as before. Payroll settlements with employees are carried out using MIR payment cards. They operate in the Russian national payment system, which continues to fully function within the Russian Federation.
HSE University pays salaries and scholarships mainly through VTB Bank and Sberbank, whose systems are technologically integrated with the university’s automatic data processing modules. Both banks fully retain all settlement transactions in roubles. These are the largest issuers of MIR payment cards, which are supported by the Bank of Russia and are not experiencing problems with payment liquidity.
At the moment, there are no grounds for the transfer of HSE rouble payments to other service banks.
At the same time, HSE staff, students and doctoral students who wish to receive payments to their MIR cards issued by other banks can submit an application to the HSE Accounting Office (Application for Salary Transfer.docx (live.com )). Please note that due to technical reasons, the transfer of payments to new banking details will be possible only starting from the next payment cycle (ie from the next month).
You will continue to receive your payments and there is no need to change your payment card. Scholarships and salaries are still paid via MIR payment cards serviced by the Russian national payment system. The payment terms also won't change.
Yes, HSE University continues to fulfil all its social obligations, including those funded by the university.
This is not necessary, as according to the Bank of Russia, all payment cards issued by Russian banks continue to work in Russia without restrictions.
Please note that the issuance of new cards of international payment systems in Russia is limited. If your card is expiring soon, it is better to arrange to get a MIR card in advance and inform HSE University about your new banking details (you can inform your employer or the Accounting Office directly. Please include the number and date of your contract). This will help avoid delays with future payments.
No, there are no plans to make any changes to these rules.
However, if you are a foreign citizen residing outside of Russia, and your contract stipulates that salary transfers are carried out in US dollars or in Euros, you may encounter some difficulties. Due to the sanctions imposed by the United States and the EU on a number of Russian banks, such payments may cause technical difficulties. This may lead to delays in bank transactions in these currencies.
In any case, the university will continue to fulfil its obligations under concluded contracts, and will make every possible effort to ensure the payment of international settlements.
At the same time, if you have the opportunity to receive your salary in roubles, then you can provide the details of your rouble bank account to the HSE Accounting Office (please include the number and date of your contract). In this case, settlements will be carried out without delay.
HSE University is committed to ensuring adequate and stable working conditions for its employees. We do not plan to make any changes to the working hours of foreign employees. Payments will also be made to your payment card in time.
If you, as a foreign citizen, receive your salary on an international payment system card, then please check its validity period. The issuance of new cards of international payment systems by Russian banks is still limited. If your card expires soon, it may be advisable to get a MIR card in advance and provide its details to HSE University (you can inform your employer or the Accounting Office directly). (Application for Salary Transfer.docx (live.com )).
According to the latest information, Apple Pay no longer works with the cards of sanctioned banks. Suspension of other payment apps is also possible, so it is better to have your plastic card with you. Cards of international payment systems issued earlier continue to work within Russia, as they are serviced by the Russian national payment system. However, the issuance of new cards of this kind is currently suspended. Therefore, if your card of international payment systems expires soon, it may be advisable to get a MIR card for further payments.
Yes, if you use the appropriate plastic cards. Contactless payment using smartphones (Apple Pay systems and similar apps) may be suspended depending on the sanctioned status of your bank or the current policy of the operators of these apps.
Yes. ATMs at the university work as usual.
The transfer of money via apps depends on the app itself and the bank mode of operation. In any case, all payments in roubles within Russia are carried out under the same procedure and without delay.
Yes, it will.
HSE students on mobility programmes abroad and students in difficult circumstances can contact the HSE Situation Centre by phone +7 (495) 628-53-20 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The centre provides psychological assistance and legal consultations, help solving everyday issues and organising studies, etc. Students who find themselves in difficult circumstances can apply to transfer to distance learning via the Situation Centre. All appeals received by the Situation Centre are considered by the HSE University Rector.
The rules for contract work of this type have not changed. If necessary, please discuss your situation with your supervisor.
All existing contracts between the university and foreign citizens continue to be valid.
At the moment, there are no changes in the rules for concluding new contracts with foreign citizens.
Any changes to the terms of previously issued loans are determined according to the loan agreement and the decisions of your bank.
The conditions of the state educational loan programme with a subsidized rate are determined by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the participating banks. At the moment, the university does not have any information about revisions to the terms of the programme. In any case, we expect that benefits will be preserved according to the goals stated at the outset of the programme.
You can make a wire transfer to HSE University’s account in euros, US dollars, pounds sterling, or yuan in the amount determined by the figure in your educational agreement. To make the payment, you will need to contact your bank and submit a request for an international wire transfer to HSE University. Information about the university’s bank details is available on the page of the Accounting Office (Sberbank. At present, only Sberbank accounts are used. Accounts with other banks may appear later.
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Answers to the most pressing questions