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Frequently Asked Questions

What does HSE stand for?

HSE stands for Higher School of Economics.

Does HSE University have programmes in Economics only?

We jokely say that HSE is Higher School of Everything which means that today our university offers programmes in various fields like Computer Science and Engineering, Law, Arts and Design, Physics, Psychology, World Economy and International Affairs, Integrated Communications and Media, Political Science and Area Studies, Humanities, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Urban Studies.

How much is the application fee?

There is no application fee charged for prospective HSE students.

Does HSE provide scholarships? What’s the application procedure?

HSE University does provide both full and partial coverage scholarships. There is no separate application procedure for obtaining a scholarship.

What is the cost of attendance structure?

The cost of attendance includes only the tuition fee for the studies. Accommodation is paid by students separately.

How many intakes are there?

There is one intake a year for both undergraduate and graduate degree programmes. Studies usually start in September. However, there are two intakes for Preparatory Year: in February and October.

Does HSE provide accommodation to students? What’s the cost?

Students admitted to state-funded places, i.e. with a 100% scholarship from the Russian government are offered the HSE dormitories spots. 

Fee-paying students will be able to participate in the new student housing programme or need to look for an alternative housing option in the city. More about the new accommodation system at the Student Housing Office website.

Are English proficiency tests required? What is the minimum required score?

English proficiency tests are not required for undergraduate programmes. However, if an applicant has an international certificate in English, Mathematics, Russian, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, the results of these tests can be recognized by HSE and used instead of HSE entrance exams. Besides, the English proficiency tests are usually required for English-taught graduate programmes. The minimum score: IELTS - 6.0; TOEFL IBT – 80.

Are students allowed to work during their studies? How many hours?

Yes, students are allowed to work part-time (20 hours per week).

Does HSE have MBA programmes?

Despite the fact that HSE University doesn't offer MBA programmes, we can offer our international applicants the English-taught master’s degree programme in International Business (MIB) which is a unique hybrid of a business degree and an international affairs degree. The MIB aims to equip students with both traditional business skills and knowledge in the political, economic and socio-cultural aspects of the global marketplace. Unlike a typical MBA which is insufficiently international or globalizes functionally oriented curricula, this programme ensures that graduates not only understand how companies operate, but also the complex context in which they operate.

Where can I get the information about admissions?

All information regarding admission procedures and requirements for prospective international students can be found at our official webpage - admissions.hse.ru 

How to become our partner?

If you represent an education agency and are interested in cooperation with HSE University here are 5 steps to initiate it

  • Step  1:  Fill in our Partnership Proposal Form

    The partnership proposal form is available here

  • Step  2:  Receive confirmation from our staff after screening

  • Step  3:  Complete the MOU template provided by HSE University

  • Step  4:  Send the MOU to our staff and receive a finalized version

  • Step  5:  Sign the cooperation agreement HSE University