How to Apply
All the information on international almission is available here: https://spb.hse.ru/admissions/undergraduate-apply
There are three admission tracks available for international applicants, which complement one another.
1. International Admissions
International Applications to the undergraduate programmes for 2022/2023 academic year are open:
- by August 15, 2022 – for citizens from countries with visa regime;
- by August 15, 2022 – for citizens from visa-free countries.
International applicants are required to pass two programme-specific entrance tests (online or on-campus).
All applicants have the opportunity to be enrolled as a self-paid student or get an HSE Gold Scholarship.
Please note that all applicants conditionally accepted the HSE Gold Scholarship have to provide the required documents earlier, the date is to be announced later in soft copies no later than June 1, 2022.
2. Competitions / Olympiads
Undergraduate international applicants are welcomed to take part in the following competitions (some restriction apply):
Please check the deadlines and requirements on the webpages of the Olympiads.
Winners have the opportunity to get a scholarship or receive additional benefits if they are entering self-paid seats.
3. General Admission (limited eligibility)
Certain categories of international applicants are eligible to apply for a state-funded seat or a self-paid seat:
- Citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (national passport must be provided).
- Citizens of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova,Tajikistan,Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine permanently residing in Russia (permanent residence document must be provided).
- Compatriots living abroad (Compatriot status confirmation must be provided according to Federal Law N99 dated 24.05.1999).
Under the general admission international applicants compete with Russian applicants and have to take 3 or 4 in-person tests.
Please check this webpage to learn more about the general admission (available only in Russian).
If you have questions regarding general admission, please contact via firstname.lastname@example.org
- High school certificate or equivalent recognized by the Russian Federation and duly legalised, if applicable (if you do not yet have your high school certificate at the time of application, you can submit an official high school transcript of records for last 3 years).
- Successful passing of 2 programme-specific entrance examinations (online or on-campus).
Applying for Undergraduate Programmes
Choose your programme
Our admission boards evaluate applications for full and partial scholarships places and fee-paying places.
Applications start date for international students for the next academic year is November 1, 2021.
Before applying, we encourage you to browse our undergraduate programmes.
How can you do this?
The fastest and easiest way to choose a programme is to look at our list of programmes. It’s easy, because it lists all undergraduate programmes, which can be presented by HSE campus, fields of study, language of instruction, etc.
If you want to learn more about a particular programme, you can follow the link to the programme’s webpage from the list. The programme’s webpages include information on its curriculum, instructors, schedule, and many other details that will help you choose exactly what you need.
If you are only interested in English-taught programmes, you can visit this page.
Once you have decided which programmes you want to apply to, you can move on to STEP 2.
Create your Applicant's Personal Account (APA)
International applicants may get access to their accounts after they apply for a User ID and a password using the link. Once you have submitted a form, an e-mail will be sent to the address you indicated during registration with your User ID and password. Please make sure уou have provided the correct e-mail address. Participants of the HSE Global Scholarship Competition (HSE GSC) need to get a new User ID and password to access their personal account and submit an application.
Proceed to STEP 3.
Prepare and submit your application from APA
You can use your User ID and password to enter your account. Don’t forget to read through the form fields to be filled in (required fields are marked with an asterisk).
We recommend you to prepare your documents in advance. You will need:
- Copy of the first page of your passport and a recent photo of you;
- Copy of your high school certificate or equivalent. If you have not received your high school certificate yet, please attach a recent transcript of grades and marks for last 3 years;
- Not compulsory, but additional: the documents showing your achievements in studies (e.g., diplomas, language proficiency certificates).
Before registration, make a copy of the first page of your passport with your full name and photo and save it in PDF format. For citizens of Belarus, it is necessary to make a copy of two passport pages, including one with the full name in Russian.
When you apply for HSE undergraduate programmes, you may choose one to two programmes. Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to access it again. Only an application’s supporting materials can be updated. Please do not resend your application.
Decisions on preliminary admission are made by evaluating applicants’ credentials and supporting materials. We also consider the results and scores from Global Scholarship Competition events.
All of your supporting files must be in .pdf or .jpeg format. Their size should not exceed 15MB.
When uploading a photo, please make sure it is a passport-like portrait photo.
After your application materials have been attached, please click ‘SUBMIT’. You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application within 24 hours. During weekends and holidays it may take up to 72 hours. Applications submitted on Friday or on the eve of a holiday after 12:00 will be considered on the next business day.
Full instructions on how to use the application form can be found here.
Proceed to STEP 4.
Application review and entrance examinations
HSE will be holding its special admission campaign for international students and your application may be considered for both a state-funded place (tuition waiver under an established quota) and a fee-paying place.
The timeframe for international students’ submissions of applications
November 1, 2021 – August 15, 2022
* You have to sit for entrance exams / upload your portfolio to the personal online account before August 15.
If you select two different programmes, you must take the entrance exam for each of them, based on the list of entrance exams (one exam per subject).
If you plan to take an on-site entrance exam in your home country (as per the schedule for exams held outside of the Russian Federation), your results will be included in your Foreign Applicant’s Personal Account within 2 weeks following the end of the examination period in your home country.
You can also access your account to find out whether or not you are recommended for admission to a fee-paying place, as well as whether or not you are eligible for a discount based on your entrance exam results.
IMPORTANT: If you are the holder of an international exam certificate in English and/or Mathematics, the results of these examinations can be transferred in accordance with the conversion scale.
Your exam results will appear in the Foreign Applicant’s Personal Account after the completion of the exam process within a week.
Admission based on the entrance exams (tests results)
Once your application has been reviewed by the examination committee, the status in your account will be updated as follows:
1. Recommended for admission to a state-funded place (a scholarship).
A final decision on admission to state-funded places shall be published on the ‘For International Applicants’ page in your personal account, once all respective applications have been approved by the HSE Student Selection Committee.
Required Documents for Scholarship Candidates
2. Recommended for admission to a fee-paying place;
Depending on your entrance tests score (in total for both exams) of your application, you may become eligible for a tuition fee waiver:
- 140-149 points — 25% of the annual tuition fee waiver;
- 150-169 points — 50% of the annual tuition fee waiver;
- above 170 points —70% of the annual tuition fee waiver.
Required Documents for Fee-Paying Candidates
If the first priority programme rejects your application, it will be automatically forwarded to the second priority programme. If the second priority programme rejects your application, unfortunately, we are unable to admit you to our undergraduate studies this year.
Please feel free to apply for our programmes next year!
If your status has been changed to ‘recommended for admission to a state-funded place’ or ‘recommended for admission to a fee-paying place’, please proceed to STEP 6.
Preparing your enrolment and arrival to St Petersburg