Our participants share their impressions of studying at HSE Saint Petersburg Summer School 2023
Nguyen Do Thi Thao, Vietnam
The HSE St Petersburg Summer School exceeded all my expectations. The whole course 'Modern Russia: Language and Culture' was taught by devoted, supportive professors who consistently showed their comprehensive knowledge and practical methods of teaching. HSE University also organised an unforgettable cultural programme thanks to which I saw the extraordinary fountains in Peterhof and enjoyed a boat trip along the Neva River with my international friends from the summer school. The wonderful memories and knowledge gained during the HSE St Petersburg Summer School will keep inspiring me in countless ways.
Huhongsheng He, China
The summer school truly impressed me thanks to the highly competent professors and staff, who were passionate about their work and showed kindness and great spiritual qualities which are reflected, in my opinion, in St Petersburg itself. After sixteen days here, I realised that it is the best city I have ever been to. I am sincerely grateful to HSE University-St Petersburg for this opportunity.
Anton Shestakov, Russia
The course 'Finance, Corporations and Sustainability' was very useful to me, and the professors delivered a lot of material in the form of intensive classes perfectly. I think that the most valuable material was that on risk management with the use of time series in R. It was very difficult, but at the same time extremely interesting in terms of practical application.
Marco De Martini, Italy
I really liked the professionalism of curators of the summer school, who were always available and ready to help in various situations. As for the course 'Modern Russia: Language and Culture', it turned out to be outstanding. I would like to highlight the work of our amazing professors—Evgeniya Dobrenko and Alevtina Iagodova. The format of the classes also suited the summer vacation perfectly—it was pleasant and not too intense. I am definitely interested in participating in further winter and summer schools. I rate it 10/10.
Damir Alimdjanov, Uzbekistan
I liked Andrey Starodubtsev’s course 'Public Administration in the Post-Soviet Space' because it provides a knowledge base in the field of political processes in the post-Soviet space from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the present day. During this course we could analyse how society and political system of various states has changed.
Mathilde Garnier, France
I must say the schedule was perfectly balanced: on the one hand it permitted a deep study of the subject of the courses, and on the other hand, it granted us plenty of time to discover the city on our own as well as through the cultural and social activities organized by our Russian buddies. Indeed, this programme allowed me to gain more knowledge in the academic field, by learning more about Russian politics and the Russian language, but it also taught me to go out of my comfort zone; Russia – and mostly Saint Petersburg – is full of opportunities to seize, and even though the cultural differences can sometimes be quite tough to overcome, this is always rewarding.
James Tripaldi, USA
I highly recommend HSE to any prospective international students. Saint Petersburg is one-of-a-kind, and the quality of the academics here is on par with those found at my home university. My only regret? That I cannot stay here longer.
Russian language and literature
As a Russian poet Fyodor Tyutchev claimed you could not grasp Russia with your mind, but we believe our classes on language and culture will help you get there.
Politics and International Relations
Approaching the study of government and politics in connection to digital technologies and social media, this course provides a broad introduction to revolutionising concepts of digital politics.
The course covers the major characteristics and peculiarities of public administration in the countries which used to be a part of the Soviet Union.
The course addresses the complex interaction of geographical and institutional factors of development.
Economics and Finance
The course is aimed at obtaining comprehensive knowledge in the field of corporate finance and sustainable development of the company.
The course aims at introducing students to key personalities, monuments and artifacts of classical Russian culture (XVIII – XX centuries) and their coverage in new media.
The course focuses on the development of Russian universities in relation to external and internal economic, sociocultural and political changes.
Through this intensive course students will acquire practical skills in working with statistical data.
During this course you will be immersed in the unique history of Saint Petersburg from its founding to the end of the 20th century.
This course will guide you through different steps of building data-driven solutions as well as introduce you to different methods and tools necessary for solving project tasks.
Bachelor’s students, Master’s students, PhD students
Level of education
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Splendid Saint Petersburg
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