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This programme trains students with specific skills that are necessary for careers in politics and international relations. Bridging political science, public policy, international relations, and project management, the programme includes the following key topics: contemporary political systems and global economy; how to develop relations between governments, international organizations, global businesses, and other actors; how political decisions and policies are made and can be influenced.

Starting in the programme’s second year, students study a second language, either German or Chinese, and focus on a specific region: Northern Europe, Southeast Asia, or BRICS. Graduates work in a diverse array of fields: regional government, international diplomatic missions, chambers of commerce, non-profit organizations, international events organizations, and more. 


4 years
Full-time Programme
300 000 RUB/year
Tuition Fee in 2018
Instruction in English

Apr 20
HSE SPb Research Day 2018

The deadline for applications is March 11, 2018 


Minor: What Is It and How to Apply?

During the period of 19-22 March 2018, every freshman student should choose a minor to join in the second and third years. HSE explains what is minor and how to apply.

Employment after Graduation: A Manual for Students from Graduates

Sooner or later, every student faces the problem of employment. Sometimes even the most purposeful and motivated people may find themselves in a situation, where there are no special working places for a particular person with an exact set of skills, but a variety of opportunities to demonstrate knowledge and experience gained at the university. We’ve conducted an interview with Alexander Bertov, our graduate of 2017, who shares his experience in getting job after the university. 

Illustration for news: HSE Faculty Members’ Life Rules: Alyona Vandysheva

HSE Faculty Members’ Life Rules: Alyona Vandysheva

Every faculty member at our program has his or her own history of coming to the profession, background, hobbies and interesting stories. To get to know each of our professors closely, we’ve decided to launch a special section called “HSE Faculty Members’ Life Rules”. Today we are talking with Alyona Vandysheva, the senior lecturer of the Political Science Department, who will tell us about the origins of her music preferences, share the history of her long way to political science and give recommendations on things that should always be in a bag of a political science student.

Illustration for news: International Council Recognizes HSE as Leader in Project 5-100

International Council Recognizes HSE as Leader in Project 5-100

The Higher School of Economics was recognized as a leader among Project 5-100 universities following a recent session held by the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities among Global Research and Education Centers. The session took place in Yekaterinburg on October 27-28 and was chaired by Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.

Illustration for news: Meet and greet: Ekaterina Paustyan

Meet and greet: Ekaterina Paustyan

The Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg and the BA Programme in Political Science and World Politics are always happy to welcome new international scholars who come to St. Petersburg to share their knowledge and experience with our students. We have recently talked to Ekaterina Paustyan, a PhD candidate at the Central European University in Budapest, who is going to teach political economy of transition within the 4th year curriculum.

Illustration for news: HSE Success in Research Performance Rankings in 8 Subject Areas

HSE Success in Research Performance Rankings in 8 Subject Areas

HSE has been ranked one of the top 15 universities by research performance in 8 subject areas, compiled by the Expert Analytical Centre in 2016. HSE took the first place in three subjects: Economics, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Distributing Power and Money: Federalism and Decentralisation in Germany and Russia

On 7th April, the International Seminar on Distributing Power and Money: Federalism and Decentralisation in Germany and Russia took place at the Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg. The event was organized by the HSE Department of Political Science and Bachelor's Programme 'Political Science and World Politics' as part of the 14th annual Germany Week in St Petersburg – a project aimed at supporting and developing friendly relations and multilateral ties between Russia and Germany. The seminar brought together political analysts and economists – experts in the field of territorial management from the Higher School of Economics, the Leontief Center, MGIMO, the Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Dresden as well as the non-governmental organization Forum of Federations. Our guests discussed the two models of federalism in Germany and Russia focusing on the reforms in the field of decentralization of public administration.

Illustration for news: HSE Enters 13 QS Subject Rankings

HSE Enters 13 QS Subject Rankings

The Higher School of Economics has made it onto 13 subject and two broader subject rankings in the QS World University Ranking thanks to the university’s achievements as part of the 5-100 Project. In addition, HSE was in the top 100 ranking for three areas – Economics and Econometrics, Politics and International Studies, and Sociology – and it was the only Russian school in the Accounting & Finance 101-150 ranking. As for total number of subject area rankings, HSE was third in Russia after only Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University.

Illustration for news: Life in Russia: Myths VS. Reality

Life in Russia: Myths VS. Reality

Moving to another country is always a challenge. But when it comes to moving to Russia, this challenge is particularly interesting. Teodora Delcheva, an exchange student from University College London explores eight myths about Russia and how they compare to reality.

Russian-Swedish Cooperation in Local Administration Studies

On December 12-13 a research round table ‘Citizen Participation in Municipal Management and Civil Society’ was held in Malmö, Sweden. Lecturers from the HSE’s Department of Political Science presented their reports and discussed future cooperation with their colleagues at the event.