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HSE: How Foreigners Can Apply in 2019

HSE: How Foreigners Can Apply in 2019
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Higher School of Economics is a prestigious Russian university with campuses in Moscow, St Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Perm. It offers international prospective students 247 undergraduate and graduate programmes. Also, HSE has 16 doctoral schools.

When can prospective international students send application documents?

Applications for undergraduate and graduate studies are open till 20 August, 2019. Foundation programmes application deadline is 15 August, 2019. You are strongly advised to get in touch with university representatives in advance over admission details. Create a personal account to write to HSE. The university’s International Office will reply to you within ten days.

What documents do foreign nationals have to submit for undergraduate/graduate studies?

Following is the list of documents:

  1. Copy of passport.

  2. Copy of education certificate.

  3. Tests or Olympiads results (for prospective undergraduate students).

  4. Portfolio meeting programme requirements (for prospective graduate students).

What programmes in English are available at HSE?

HSE offers a broad range of fields of study in English such as applied mathematics and physics, Russian area studies, management, economics, history, mathematics etc. HSE has 11 undergraduate English-medium programmes including double degree programmes with University of London (Data Science and Business Analytics, International relations), South Korea’s Kyung Hee University (Economics and Politics in Asia), and University of Rome Tor Vergata (Political Science and World Politics). Three undergraduate programmes were launched in 2019:

  • Russian Studies.

  • Environmental Design.

  • Communication Design.

The university offers 33 English-taught master’s programmes including double degree programmes with University of Applied Science BFI Vienna (Financial Analyst), University of Passau, Germany (Business Informatics), Erasmus University (all programmes of the Faculty of Economic Sciences), University of South Carolina, USA (International Business).

In 2019, HSE launched new English medium graduate programmes:

  • Mathematics (Nizhny Novgorod campus).

  • Law in International Trade, Finance and Economic Integration.

  • International News Production.

  • Russian Studies.

Use our search tool to see the complete list of HSE programmes.

Do I have to take an English examination for English medium programmes?

English proficiency test is mandatory for certain programmes. You can take the entrance English test at HSE or show an international English language certificate of one of the following standards: IELTS, BEC H, САЕ, CPE, TOEFL iBT.

Are there any special features in admissions 2019?

Beginning from 2019, Higher School of Economics recognises international math and English language exams. This option is available to candidates applying for self-funded places in separate competitive selection for foreign nationals. An applicant can select the best score if they took both the HSE exam and the international exams

Can I take entrance examinations online?

Yes, you can. The test utilises HSE information resources and the Examus proctoring service. Five days before the testing, logins and passwords to access the system are sent to the candidate’s email address as designated in the personal account. The applicant’s computer has to  meet the following requirements: modern OS, latest version of Google Chrome, web camera, internet connection at 1 megabit per second.

How much are tuition fees?

Tuition fees depend on the programme and HSE campus location. Graduate tuition fees range from 155,000 rubles ($2,380) a year (for example for the “Philology” programme at HSE campus in Nizhny Novgorod) to 770,000 rubles ($11,850) for an English medium double degree programme with University of London. Students have an opportunity to get a 70 percent discount.

Masters programmes tuition fees range from 140,000 rubles ($2,150) a year (several programmes, HSE campus in Perm) to 450,00 rubles ($6,920) a year (English medium programme “Prototyping Future Cities”).  Masters students have an opportunity to get a 50 percent discount.

5 key HSE advantages for prospective international students:

  • The university has high positions in prestigious world university rankings. QS and Times Higher Education list it as Russia’s best young university. It’s the top Russian university for social science (QS, THE, ARWU), political science (QS, THE, ARWU), economics (QS, THE, ARWU), finance (QS), and business and management (QS).

  • HSE has a network of 339 international partners and more than 50 double degree undergraduate/graduate programmes.

  • International environment: HSE provides training to 3,300 students from 76 countries.

  • Comfortable living conditions. All international students are provided with dormitory places on all campuses.

  • Interesting and eventful student life: the university has more than 100 creativity and sport societies, from the standup show club to the tourist club and the philosophers’ society.
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