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Exchange students from partner universities

If your home university is among the list of partner universities, you are welcome to apply for study as an exchange student at HSE University Saint-Petersburg (as well as other HSE campuses – MoscowPerm and Nizhny Novgorod).

Entry restrictions during the Spring 2021 semester 

Due to anti-COVID 2019 measures that are taking place at HSE University - St. Petersburg we currently implement the distant mode of studies. There are online courses available for our incoming international students. 

As of January 19, 2021, the borders of the Russian Federation remain closed for the entry of most foreign citizens in accordance with the Order of the Government of the Russian Federation of March 16, 2020 No. 635-r. 

Please check the list of countries citizens of which can enter the territory of the Russian Federation in the status of international students at our Visa and Migration Support Office (updating regularly). 

How to apply?

Please apply to the International Office of your home university for an exchange period at HSE University Saint-Petersburg. Your Outgoing Student Mobiluty Coordinator will advise you about the requirements, terms and conditions of this exchange programme. Check out the HSE University Saint-Petersburg International Student Mobiluty Factsheet:

HSE University Saint-Petersburg Fact Sheet 2020-2021 

Nomination procedure

For student exchange coordinators: please, fill out our NOMINATION FORM in order to provide us with details on your nominees. 

Deadlines for nomination:

For Fall semester and Full Year - 15th of May

For Spring semester - 15th of October

Tuition & Fees

Students from HSE University partner institutions are exempt from tuition fees at HSE University Saint-Petersburg.Other fees (transfer, accommodation, visa extension etc.) may apply.  


Thinking about joining us for the next semester? Early planning is important!  Please note that our nomination deadline is 15 May for the Fall semester, and 15 October for the Spring semester. However, if you have missed the deadline, please contact us and we will see what can be done (but please bear in mind that obtaining a Russian study visa may take up to 1 month). After being nominated by your home university and the end of the nomination period (15th of May), we will send out the needed links and information on the application and registration to your personal emails.

Available Courses

As an international student at HSE University St. Petersburg, you will be able to choose from a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses taught in English. If you are fluent in Russian (minimum C1 proficiency level is required), you will also have access to courses taught in Russian. 

Courses typically last 2-3 months, although there are a few courses (consisting of 6 ECTS) that last 4–6 months. The majority of courses are taught by HSE faculty, with several courses taught by international staff. We support diversity in our university and firmly believe in the unique value of international and intercultural learning. Time spent studying abroad will pay dividends in making you more competitive in the job market and providing access to international research opportunities. You will gain insights not only from your classes but through interacting with HSE students (including through the Erasmus Student Network HSE St. Petersburg and by participating in Student's Life activities). 

There is also a Survival Guide where you will find a lot of helpful and useful details on your arrival to St Petersburg!

HSE St Petersburg International Student Handbook

 Inbound Mobility Regulation (available in Russian only)

NEW! Click here to go on a Virtual tour around HSE SPB Campus

See you soon in St Petersburg, the cultural heart of Russia!


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