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Studying under an Individual Curriculum

Every student of HSE has the Individual Study Plan (also called Individual Education Plan or Personal Curriculum). A student shall sign his/her Individual Curriculum or choose it using the Informational System, therefore he/she assumes obligations for its performance.

What is an Individual Curriculum?

An Individual Curriculum (IC) is a document containing aggregate information about all courses selected by the student, their study loads, key dates and assessment means.

How is a standard IC issued?

A standard IC is issued for each student before the start of each academic year.

The number of credits, courses, interim and final assessment dates to be included into a standard IC is based on the common curriculum for each academic year. (Standard IC template). 

Each standard IC is issued by the Programme Office in two copies: one for the student, and another for the student’s personal file.

Complying with a standard IC is mandatory for each student.

How is a special IC issued?

  • A special IC is issued at the student’s request in the following cases:
  1. intra-university transfer from one degree programme to another;
  2. reinstatement of students previously dismissed from HSE;
  3. student transfer from a different university;
  4. undertaking a second degree programme at the same time;
  5. student transfer to an accelerated degree programme;
  6. student participation in an academic exchange programme.
  7. repeating courses (no more than two) in case of failed examinations accumulated during two modules of the same semester. Students who already study under an individual curriculum with repeated courses (ICRC) may add the newly failed courses into it.
  • Only fee-paying students can study under ICRC. State-funded students will have to transfer to fee-paying places if they want to repeat any courses they’ve failed.
  • A special IC is drawn up for one academic year, one semester or one module. A total number of credits to be received under a special IC in one academic year cannot exceed 75.
  • Each special IC is issued by the Programme Office in two copies: one for the student, and another for the student’s personal file.

What document regulates provision of special ICRC to students who face academic failure?

See On Individual Curriculums for Students Facing Academic Failure - Appendix 5 to Regulations for Interim and Ongoing Assessment of HSE Students 

How are courses repeated?

Repeating a course means undertaking it again in full and repeating all interim and ongoing assessments, as set out in the common curriculum for the preceding academic year in the same field of study. A repeated course may also be undertaken in a different field of study, provided that it has a comparable syllabus and the same number of credit points.

Once the course included into an ICRC is undertaken again in full, its interim assessment may be retaken during the examination period designated in the academic calendar.

Do I have to pay for repeated courses?

On top of the regular tuition fees, students who have failed courses must also pay an additional fee for repeating them, pursuant to the concluded agreement for paid educational services. Additional fee due is calculated based on the Procedures for Calculating Tuition Fees Payable by Students with Modified Educational Trajectories.

How are tuition fees adjusted for ICRC?

Standard tuition fee is multiplied by a credit points ratio.

  • A student’s ICRC provides for 65 credit points.
  • An approved curriculum for the given year of study provides for 60 credit points.
  • Credit points ratio is 65/60
  • Standard tuition fee is 300,000 roubles per year

Adjusted tuition fee is 65/60*300,000 = 325,000 roubles

Will I receive a refund, if I get dismissed from HSE before completing my ICRC?

Students are entitled to a refund

  • if they get dismissed from HSE,
  • if their educational agreement is terminated, or
  • if the scope of educational services provided to them is reduced.

The amount to be refunded is a difference between the total amount payable under the agreement and the cost of educational services actually rendered. A refund is payable at the student’s request.

Can I progress to the next year of study if I follow an ICRC?

Students who have duly paid for the educational services may progress to the next year of study (autumn period) or continue the current year of study (spring and autumn periods).

Alternatively, such students may devote the following academic year to repeating the failed courses only, without progressing to the next year of study. This decision is up to the student and must be expressly stated in the student application for an ICRC.

Can I study under an ICRC without transferring to a fee-paying place?

Students who study at HSE under international agreements of the Russian Federation or within the quota for education of foreign nationals set up by the Russian Government may study under an ICRC without transferring to a fee-paying place, unless transition to an ICRC is caused by the failure to choose a topic of the thesis or term paper before the final deadline (February 15).. This option can only be used once throughout the entire duration of their studies at HSE.

What if I have up to two failed courses but refuse to study under an ICRC?

Students who decide not to study under an ICRC will be dismissed from HSE for academic failure but can be reinstated pursuant to the Regulations on Reinstatement of Students and Return to Studies after an Exceptional Leave of Absence.

When is transition to an ICRC not possible?

Students are not eligible for an ICRC and shall be dismissed from HSE, if they failed to select a topic of the thesis or term paper before the initial deadline and during an extension period (from the start of Module 3 to February 15).

When is an IC completed?

An IC is deemed completed if all assessments included into it are passed successfully and on time.

Can an IC be modified?

An IC can be modified at the initiative of the student or Programme Office. Any changes to the IC must be coordinated with the student and authorised by the head of the subdivision responsible for implementing the programme.

How many IC can each student have?

Depending on the level and mode of study, each student may have from 2 (full-time master’s students) up to 7 (part-time specialist level students) standard IC, one per each academic year. The number of special IC depends on individual educational trajectory of each student. All student IC combined must comprise the same overall number of courses (core and elective ones), credit points, assessment procedures, internships, term papers and final state certifications as the common curriculum for the corresponding year of admission. The overall time spent on completion of all student IC, however, may differ from that of the common curriculum. In order to complete a degree programme, students must complete all IC drawn up for them.

There are two types of Individual Study Plan at the HSE: a typical plan and a special plan.

Typical Individual Study Plan 

A typical Individual Study Plan is based on the Annual Approved Curriculum. It specifies the set of optional and elective courses that a student is going to study during the academic year. A student may choose any elective and optional courses he/she likes from the Annual Approved Curriculum. 

The number of credits in a typical Individual Study Plan shall not be less than in the Annual Approved Curriculum, but it can be more than in it. A student should choose the set of courses in specific time frame - as a rule in June or in September.Some courses may have prerequisites.

A student has a right to choose a course from the Annual Approved Curricula of other faculties in case of its compliance with the students’ field of study (the approval of programme leader is required).

A student has a right to choose a term paper or graduation thesis supervisor among the teachers of other faculties, the theme shall comply with the students’ field of study.

If there exist a reasonable excuse a student has a right to change the Individual Study Plan by the decision of Dean.                                                                                      

A Special Individual Study Plan

A studying on the Special Individual Study Plan, a procedure of its creation and approval, a procedure of transferring to the next year of study are regulated by the relevant local acts of the University.

A special Individual Study Plan is provided: 

  • for the students that have up to two failed academic assignments after the end of the repeated examination period for the purpose of additional studying of academic subjects
  • for the students transferring from one educational programme to another 
  • for the students that were re-established at the University after a dismissal
  • for the students transferred from another higher education institution 
  • for the students entering the University to the second year and beyond
  • for the students studying at another higher education institution at the same time
  • for the students transferring to accelerated educational programme 
  • for the students participating in the international academic mobility programme
A Special Individual Study Plan must be approved by the Dean on the ground of student application. The changes to a Special Individual Study Plan can be made on the ground of student application or on the initiative of Study Office by the decision of Dean. 

A Special Individual Study Plan is considered executed if all the planned forms of evaluation are succesfully passed within the specified time.

Regulations for planning and organizing elective and optional courses.pdf


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