International students can apply to study at HSE for free through full-tuition scholarships.
International students can apply to study at HSE for free through full-tuition scholarships. This merit-based scholarship will completely waive all tuition fees for select full-degree Bachelor's and Master's programmes at HSE.
Applicants should apply to the programmes they wish to enter and indicate whether they are applying for a scholarship (in the case that scholarships are available for their chosen programs). If the application is considered to be outstanding by the application committee, the applicant will be recommended for a scholarship.
Regulations for Admitting Foreign Nationals and Stateless Persons, including Compatriots Living Abroad, under Educational Quotas Established by the Government of the Russian Federation for Foreign Nationals and Stateless Persons, to Higher Education Programmes, including Bachelor’s, Specialist and Master’s programmes, at National Research University Higher School of Economics in 2016
1. General Provisions, Terms and Definitions
These Regulations set forth the procedure for the admission of foreign nationals and stateless persons, including compatriots living abroad, under educational quotas established by the Government of the Russian Federation for foreign nationals and stateless persons, to higher education programmes, including Bachelor’s, Specialist and Master’s programmes, at National Research University Higher School of Economics (hereinafter, “Degree Programmes” and “HSE”, respectively) in 2016.
These Regulations and related amendments shall be approved by a directive of the Rector of HSE.
The terms and definitions used herein shall have the following meanings:
“international applicants” or “applicants” refer to foreign nationals and stateless persons, including compatriots living abroad, holding degree certificates of general secondary, secondary vocational education, and/or diplomas, and seeking admission to HSE through its Quota Scheme;
admission through the Quota Scheme is conducted at HSE for the admission of international applicants within the educational quotas established by the Government of the Russian Federation (hereafter, the “Quota”) for the studies of international applicants in the Russian Federation supported by subsidies from the federal budget granted to HSE by the Russian Government;
HSE’s Quota Scheme Committee refers to a committee established every year by the Rector’s directive in order to arrange admission of selected applicants through the Quota Scheme, as well as organise the distribution of Quotas among HSE’s educational subdivisions;
“selection boards” of HSE Degree Programmes (hereinafter, “Selection Boards”) refer to commissions, comprised of representatives from faculties/institutes/centres providing Degree Programmes, which have been created in order to oversee the admission of international applicants through the Quota. Selection Boards are subdivided into:
Selection Boards at the Bachelor’s/Specialist level created for holding interviews in person or via remote access;
Selection Boards at the Master’s level (hereinafter, “Master’s Programmes”); Members of Selection Boards for Master’s Programmes shall be approved by the dean of the faculty/academic supervisor of a specific Master’s Programme. Members of Selection Boards of Bachelor’s/Specialist programmes shall be approved by the dean of a given faculty. The composition of field-specific Selection Boards, consisting of representatives of Selection Boards approved by faculty deans, shall be approved by the Director of International Admissions.
Admission through the Quota Scheme is conducted in order to attract motivated and capable international applicants willing to study in HSE’s educational programmes.
Admission through the Quota Scheme requires proficiency in Russian and/or English, depending on the Degree Programme selected by the given international applicant.
2. Categories of International Applicants Eligible for Admission through HSE’s Quota Scheme, along with Applicable Qualification Criteria
- 2.1. Applicants taking part in the admission process through HSE’s Quota are divided into three categories:
applicants seeking admission to Bachelor’s Programmes of at HSE;
applicants seeking admission to Specialist Programmes at HSE;
applicants seeking admission to Master’s Programmes at HSE, including Double Degree Programmes.
- 2.2. The following qualification criteria shall be applied for admissions through the Quota:
participation in HSE competitions;
participation in international and national Olympiads/competitions;
results of interviews at the Selection Boards of respective HSE Degree Programmes;
successful completion of studies through Faculty of Pre-university Training for international students.
- 2.3. Selection Boards may develop additional qualification criteria:
for applicants of Russian-taught educational programmes at the Bachelor’s, Specialist and Master’s level;
for applicants of English-taught educational programmes at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level.
- 2.4. Those applicants, who applied to the Quota in the previous year, can take part in the current admission process through the Quota Scheme under the same terms as other applicants.
- 2.5. Winners or laureates of the International Competition of Youth (hereinafter, the “Olympiad”) may be recommended for admission under the Quota (without an interview) to programmes at the Bachelor’s/Specialist level related to the specific field of competition. The correlation between fields of competition and HSE Degree Programmes shall be approved as per a directive issued by the First Vice Rector in charge of HSE’s international affairs.
- 2.6. The final decision on admitting an international applicant under the Quota shall be approved by the HSE Quota Scheme Committee.
3. Procedure Regulating the Formation and Functions of HSE’s Quota Scheme Committee
3.1. The HSE Quota Scheme Committee is comprised of: the Vice Rector responsible for admissions to HSE Degree Programmes; the director responsible for cooperation with CIS, Central and Eastern Europe countries; the deputy First Vice Rector for international affairs; the heads of the Admissions Office, Office for Cooperation with CIS and Baltic Countries, and the Degree Programmes Development Office, respectively; representatives of HSE affiliated campuses; representatives of HSE faculties; members of the international commission of HSE Academic Council; representatives of the International Admissions Office; representatives of the Office of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies; and a representative of the Legal Office. The chairperson, deputy chairperson, and executive secretary of the Quota Scheme Committee shall be appointed by the HSE Rector. Members of the Quota Scheme Committee shall be approved per a directive issued by the Rector.
3.2. The HSE Quota Scheme Committee shall exercise the following functions:
3.2.1. consider the results of (personal or remote) interviews held by Selection Boards, as well as the minutes prepared by such boards;
3.2.2. approve/reject applications for Quotas requested by international applicants, who meet the requirements of HSE bylaws and Russian legislation;
3.2.2. coordinate changes (if any) to lists of applicants recommended for admission to HSE Degree Programmes with the Selection Board of a given programme;
3.2.3. make decisions to replace international applicants who have refused to take a Quota position and offer such positions to international candidates on the waiting list;
3.2.4. ensure the transparency and timely publication of any information on the Quota process and related results on HSE’s corporate website (portal);
3.2.5. make decisions with respect to the reallocation of target admission figures under the Quota;
3.2.6. execute other functions, as stipulated by these Regulations and/or other HSE bylaws.
3.3. Meetings of the HSE Quota Scheme Committee shall be valid if a meeting is attended by at least fifty (50) per cent of its total members (including videoconferences).
3.4. The HSE Quota Scheme Committee shall make decisions by a simple majority of votes cast by participating members through open voting.
3.5. Each member of the HSE Quota Scheme Committee shall be entitled to one vote, either “for” or “against”, or may abstain from voting. The chairperson of the HSE Quota Scheme Committee may not abstain from voting. In case of a tie, the chairperson of the HSE Quota Scheme Committee may cast a vote. If the chairperson of the HSE Quota Scheme Committee is absent from the meeting, a casting vote in the case of a tie shall be granted to the deputy chairperson of the HSE Quota Scheme Committee.
3.6. As per a decision of the chairperson of the HSE Quota Scheme Committee, a meeting may be held in absentia, with the committee members voting via their corporate email.
3.7. Decisions made in absentia shall be considered approved if more than half members of the HSE Quota Scheme Committee cast their votes via corporate e-mail.
3.8. If a majority of the HSE Quota Scheme Committee’s members have abstained from voting on any particular item, the chairperson shall decide to put this item on the agenda of the next meeting and, together with committee members, shall determine a list of additional information and improvements for the working materials required for making final decision on such an item. Furthermore, the executive secretary of the HSE Quota Scheme Committee shall work to gather necessary additional information and finalize the submitted materials.
3.9. If a member is absent from personal meetings at least three (3) times in a row for no valid reason, the chairperson may propose that the HSE Quota Scheme Committee consider whether this member’s further participation on the committee is necessary.
4. Provision of Information to International Applicants
4.1. Information support for admissions under the Quota shall be provided by the Office for Cooperation with CIS and Baltic Countries on HSE’s corporate website under the “Quota Scheme 2016” section and International Admissions.
4.2. The Office for Cooperation with CIS and Baltic Countries and International Admissions publish information on Degree Programmes (in Russian and English, respectively) on HSE’s corporate website (portal), including Double Degree Programmes available through the Quota, as well as provide the requirements for such programmes and make registration forms available for international candidates.
4.3. A bilingual application form shall be published on the webpage (website) of the Office for Cooperation with CIS and Baltic Countries, as well as on the International Admissions website on HSE’s corporate website (portal). 4.4. Enquiries on the part of international applicants received before the start of admissions campaigns by the HSE Admissions Office and/or Curriculum Support Units of respective Degree Programmes shall be routed by their officers to the Office for Cooperation with CIS and Baltic Countries and International Admissions, as follows:
4.4.1. enquiries from applicants to Russian-taught educational programmes at the Bachelor’s, Specialist and Master’s level are forwarded to the Office for Cooperation with CIS and Baltic Countries;
4.4.2. enquiries from applicants to English-taught educational programmes at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level are forwarded to International Admissions.
5. HSE’s Quote Scheme Procedure
5.1. All international candidates must pass preliminary registration (except for cases stipulated in p. 5.2.) on HSE’s corporate website (portal), depending on their chosen Degree Programme:
5.1.1. international applicants to Russian-taught educational programmes at the Bachelor’s, Specialist and Master’s level shall register;
5.1.2. international applicants to English-taught educational programmes at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level may register at;
5.1.3. international applicants who have not passed preliminary registration (p. 5.1) must go through additional registration during the personal interviews in their own countries and Moscow.
5.2. Those candidates who have submitted applications through Rossotrudnichestvo’s representative offices abroad and have not passed preliminary registration, as stipulated by p. 5.1., must also pass interviews with respective Selection Boards. If an international applicant submits an application to HSE through Rossotrudnichestvo without specifying their Degree Programme, International Admissions and/or Office for Cooperation with CIS and Baltic Countries shall forward an enquiry to the relevant country supervisor at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation in order to clarify the programme for the purpose of further scheduling of the applicant’s interview with a given Selection Board. If no information is provided regarding the applicant’s Degree Programme, his/her file shall be forwarded to all Selection Boards in the field of study specified in the application. After the relevant Selection Boards provide their admission recommendations, the Quote Scheme Committee shall make its final decision.
5.3. The preliminary registration and initial application process shall be completed by May 1, 2016. The HSE Quota Scheme Committee may extend deadlines for preliminary registration no later than by May 15, 2016. Additional registration for international applicants (p.5.1.3.), who have not submitted their application in due time, is available within specified timeframe reserved for personal interviews.
6. HSE Admissions Committee Application Procedure for International Applicants
6.1. Prior to submitting documents to the HSE Admissions Committee, an international applicant, who has passed the interview process and has been recommended for admission, must e-mail a scanned copy of their degree certificate/diploma issued by a foreign educational institution to the Centre for Recognition of Foreign Credentials, pursuant to the Procedure for Recognizing Foreign Education and (or) Qualifications for the Purpose of Instructing and (or) Hiring Citizens with Foreign Education and (or) Qualifications at National Research University Higher School of Economics (hereinafter, the “Centre for Recognition”).
6.2. After the international applicant has been cleared by the Centre for Recognition and advised by e-mail regarding a decision in their favour, the applicant shall personally submit all necessary documents to the HSE Admissions Committee by October 31, 2016.
6.3. If an applicant’s foreign credentials are not recognised in Russia pursuant to international treaties concluded with the Russian Federation regulating the recognition and acknowledgement of the equivalence of said foreign credentials, and if this foreign credentials were granted by foreign educational institutions not included in the official list established by the Government of the Russian Federation, the international applicant must present a confirmation of recognition of his/her foreign education and/or qualification by December 31, 2016. Furthermore, the international applicant shall handle this matter on their own through the Federal State Budget Institution - Main State Center for Education Evaluation.
6.4. A list of documents submitted by international applicants to the Admissions Committee is established by HSE bylaws regulating admissions to Degree Programmes.
6.5. Documents presented in a foreign language shall be accompanied by a notarised Russian translation. In addition, they shall be legalised in those cases stipulated by Russian legislation.
November 1, 2016 - May 1, 2017: applications submitted during this time will be considered for full-tuition scholarships
June 15, 2017: deadline for decision by full-tuition scholarship awardees
*Master's programs in Advanced Urban Design, Global Business, International Business, and International Relations in Eurasia, as well as all English-taught Bachelor's programmes, are not eligible for this scholarship.
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