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Individual Curriculum

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). 

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.

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.

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 Procedures and Conditions for Reinstating Students Who Were Dismissed on the Initiative of HSE University or Other Grounds, and the Procedures for Re-admitting Students to Study after Academic Leave, Maternity Leave, Parental Leave, or Childcare Leave


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