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National Research University Higher School of Economics Russian Federation (the)

About National Research University Higher School of Economics

The Higher School of Economics is one of Russia’s top universities and a leader of the country’s higher education. In 25 years of its history, HSE University became a well-renowned research university with an expertise in economics and social sciences and ties with the best universities of Europe and Asia.

With the faculty from more than 50 countries and campuses in 4 cities, we offer outstanding educational programmes from secondary school to doctoral studies, with top departments and research centres in a number of international fields.

The university is ranked 38th among the world’s young universities (QS - Top 50 Under 50, 2019) and the best Russian university in Economics, Sociology, Politics, Finances, and Business & Management Studies (QS - World University Rankings by subject, 2018).

Undergraduate students

HSE University has a strong connection with business, government, and research institutions. This allows us to prepare professionals who acquire practical skills along with the theoretical knowledge. Such practice oriented approach makes our graduate valuable and desired on the international level.

Our professors often are experts from partner companies and institution like it is in case of Computer Sciences where students are being taught by the current employees of the biggest IT and technology companies.

Undergraduate students at HSE enroll in four-year programmes that are taught in Russian, English, or a combination of both languages. Students choose for themselves up to a third of the courses required for their majors, enabling them to develop specific competencies and explore diverse areas of interest. Experiential learning and research are the key to education at HSE and students must earn up to 20% of the credits required for graduation through project work, which equips them with the skills they need to begin their careers after graduation.

We provide several double degree programmes in cooperation with the most prominent universities. Since 1997, the Higher School of Economics and the London School of Economics and Political Science (a division of the University of London) have been carrying out a project unique to Russian education. Instruction at the International College of Economics and Finance (ICEF), entirely in English, is offered in programmes selected by the HSE’s U.K. partners. Graduates of the ICEF’s Bachelor’s programme receive two degrees - from HSE and the University of London.

Graduate students

Higher School of Economics is a university which is highly integrated into international science. We provide 31 English-taught Master’s programmes in fields from Philosophy to Software Engineering which are taught by international faculty. Our students are highly integrated into global science and international business.

Graduate programmes at HSE University are typically two years and taught in Russian, English, or a combination of both languages. Across faculties, these programmes enable students to acquire specific competencies that are in great demand by employers. In addition to attending lectures and seminars, students gain experience through internships at research centres, corporations, and organizations in Russia and around the world. Many double-degree programmes are offered with partner universities in Europe, North America, and Asia.

But the labour market is changing rapidly and radically. Thus the Higher School of Economics prepares its students to professions which are going to be in demand in 5-10 years’ time. These professions of the future demand new qualifications and HSE University overcomes the greatest challenge to predict such changes in advance so our graduates will be competitive and highly demanded in next years.

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What students think about National Research University Higher School of Economics

    Fan Naiwen

    Testimonial from Fan Naiwen, student at National Research University Higher School of Economics

    Russia and Taiwan have different grading system; Russia uses a five-point scale, with five being the highest and three being a pass. HSE, however, follows a more European system, using the 10-point scale, where 10 is the highest score and four is a passing grade. Just like in Taiwan, at Russian universities they academic year is divided into two semester. But at HSE, the semester is also separated into 2 module. After enrolling at HSE, I did not need to choose courses - our institute’s teaching assistant helped me to make my course schedule. We have five hours of courses a day during the week. Usually we need to do presentation for each session and before the end of each module we take a written or oral exam. In contrast, in Taiwan Master’s students do not take exams but instead concentrate on research. Different professors of course have different style of teaching. Some prefers to lead interactive sessions while others prefer to deliver lectures and then let students ask questions. Interestingly, I noticed that Russian graduate students love to have discussions with their professors in classroom, something that is not the case for Taiwanese students. Russian students share their own ideas with everyone and are very good at thinking independently. In addition, in order to graduate, HSE graduate students must intern at a company or organization, a requirement that does not exist for Taiwanese graduate programs.

    HSE has different dormitories located throughout Moscow. I live in dormitory 4 by the Studentcheskaya metro station. The neighborhood is relatively quiet and our dorm is just a 3-5 minute walk from metro station. You food pass, photo studios, photocopy shops, pharmacies, and other conveniences. Your electronic student pass is necessary for entering the dormitory. On the first floor are laundry rooms and a fitness room. Each floor has two kitchens and two separate toilets for men and women, as well as a study room where students can study. Each room is for two people and they are clean and comfortable.

    Compared to Taiwanese dormitories, HSE’s are very good. This year there were housemasters on each floor to help students with daily life. Cleaning staff makes sure that the kitchen, toilets and corridors are in good shape.

    Living in a dormitory wasn't new for me… but I wasn’t used to cooking for myself. Learning how to shop for food and cook wasn't an easy process for me. It’s really fascinating to be in the kitchen and to see a variety of exotic dishes from all over the world being prepared by international students from different countries. Culinary exchanges among international students have become characteristic of dorm life. In addition, students at the dorms will initiate some events and invite all the students in the dorm to participate. These activities might be a day trip to the Moscow countryside, seeing Moscow Circus, or visiting one of Moscow’s many museums. It’s worth mentioning that the environment and atmosphere of HSE’s dormitories are much better and newer in comparison to other dorms at other Russian universities and I think it’s fair to say that they are among the best in Moscow.

    Patrick Whelan

    Testimonial from Patrick Whelan, student at National Research University Higher School of Economics

    I’ve lived all over the world, and was always interested in Russian culture, so I decided to give it a real try by studying here for two years. On top of gaining experience to Russian culture, being able to live and study in a beautiful city like Moscow is a real bonus. I chose HSE because everything I read said that HSE was a top university. However, my choice was mainly dependent on the programme and the Master of Population and Development sounded exactly like I wanted - and it didn’t disappoint. And, of course, getting a scholarship to study for free was also a major factor.

    Having lived and traveled all over the world, I enjoy immersing myself in foreign cultures. As a Canadian, all the Russians I met seemed very happy to meet and talk with me. I found Russians to be very warm, intelligent and friendly people, often with strange and interesting hobbies. I didn’t encounter too many difficulties as a foreign student in Russia, but from what I’ve heard from others, it takes some getting used to. I am from Canada, so the weather is not so strange for me, but I know that many non-Russians find the long winter to be quite depressing.

    I love my programme. In the Master of Population and Development, I feel like I learned how the world works, and so many things that I have seen around the world make more sense to me now. I also love our professors. They are passionate in what they do and they seem very hands-on and approachable making it easy to make connections with them. Thirdly, I love the opportunities that have been available to me at HSE. Every week we are being notified of summer schools, events, guest lecturers, job and volunteer opportunities, etc. In my time at HSE I have presented in two international conferences, have started a research group, have hosted several conferences, have been connected to an NGO for volunteering, and went to Italy for a 2 month internship, all supported by HSE. And, finally, I love the location. Being able to study in the beautiful heart of the city on Myasnitskaya Ulitsa made every day a joy as I traveled to class.

    I believe that my education at HSE will give me many benefits. Not only did I learn how the world works through my program, which will benefit me in everything that I do, but the experience of living and studying here, in one of Russia’s top universities will give me stories for a lifetime and impress recruiters and academics in my future applications. Also, as an older student who has been out of academia for a while, the approachability of the professors have helped to mold me into an effective researcher and writer, which will also benefit me in all of my future endeavors.

    Camilla Allegrucci

    Testimonial from Camilla Allegrucci, student at National Research University Higher School of Economics

    Before enrolling at HSE, I had already lived in Moscow for a year, working and studying at Moscow State University in the Faculty of Foreign Languages. In fact, my Bachelor’s degree is in Modern Languages and Cultures.

    One day, when I had already received a scholarship to study in Nottingham and Lisbon, I was walking down Myasnitskaya and decided to enter HSE’s International Admissions Office and ask for some information. One of my Russian friends had told me about the Master’s programmes taught in English at HSE. The staff at the International Admissions Office gave me a nice introduction to the Master’s programme in Governance of Science, Technology, and Innovation. At the beginning, I wasn’t really sure about applying to it, but later on, after the open house day, I thought it could be interesting and could help benefit my father’s business.

    My family wasn’t really happy about my decision to continue living in Moscow and my refusal to move to England, but now they don’t regret my choice. I’m happy to have discovered a new world. I didn’t know about STI and the innovation environment earlier, but now I can clearly see how to merge my passion for the fashion industry and my knowledge of sustainability and policy. I have also gained work experience that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to get in the EU. Additionally, I have improved my Russian skills quite a lot and have expanded my network internationally. I think I have more interesting contacts now in Moscow than in Italy.

    Moscow is my love, I adore this city! The energy and ideas, the creativity and the crazy meetings you can have every single day are innumerable!!! I love the food, the culture, the museums and cultural activities, the people and the language. Of course, winter is pretty hard for a student from southern Europe, but the weather in summer is usually great and Russians know how to enjoy it. I do believe that to truly enjoy Moscow you need an intermediate level of Russian skills, because many things can be understood only through real communication with ‘babushkas’ and other locals.

    Right now, I’m working as a journalist at L’Officiel Italia. I still feel like I need to improve my knowledge of the digital marketing sector. I’d like to start my own blog for Russian students of Italian and to launch a start-up in tourism for Russians in Umbria (my region in Italy). I will miss zapekanka when I leave Moscow!

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Courses at National Research University Higher School of Economics

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