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.
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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