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Student Profiles

Currently there are students from 13 countries in the programme. Apart Russian students, there are also students from Australia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Serbia, UK and USA.



Current Russian students are not only from Saint-Petersburg and Moscow, but also from 8 Russian regions, including Urals and South Russia.

Our students  gained their BA in History, PR, Linguistics, IR, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Cultural Studies, Governance, Journalism, Jewish Studies and Philosophy.

The strong interdisciplinary and intercultural background of programme's students provides the unique and mutually enriching envirionment at the program.

  • During the third module of the 2015/2016 academic year Samrat Sil served as a teaching assistant to Professor Evgeniy A. Khvalkov for the course of History for undergraduate students pursuing their degree in management. In 2016 Sil Samrat was awarded a Shanghai Summer School Scholarship to participate in a Summer School - 2016 by Fudan University (China) for students and young researchers from BRICS countries.
'I was looking for a university where I could do my Masters' degree, when I saw your site on the Internet. I discussed it with one of the professors in my school and he said that Russia is a place where you can learn more about history. The education process here is very engaging; you learn more about the basic concepts. My historical knowledge is increasing; I'm opening myself up to new topics and conversations. I love my studies at HSE. In Russia, I'm more engaged in the study process and student activities. In India we have a lot of lectures, after which we have to pass examinations. Studies in Russia are more interactive than in India; here we regularly have conversations, seminars and meetings, and the discussion often continues outside the classroom. Higher education in Russia is about learning from each other!' says Samrat Sil.
  • In May 2016 Igor Tarbeev and Victoria Avanskaya, graduate students at HSE St. Petersburg Master's program in Applied and Interdisciplinary History “Usable Pasts", took part in the preparation of the exhibition named "First Flight" at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Students selected historical materials for a multimedia program about the flight of Yuri Gagarin.
  • In May 2016 MA students of the Department of History Justin Ramsey, Anna Rohloi and Pavel Savchenko presented their research projects at the round table “Urban Studies: International Experience and Universities' Collaboration” which was organized by the Department of History (NRU HSE, St.Petersburg) in the framework of the Conference “Education and Global Cities: Horizons for Contemporary Universities” on May, 20, 2016.
  • On May 16-18, 2016 the first annual BRICS conference focusing on the interaction of the social sciences were held in National Research University Higher School of Economics. The conference saw the participation of two young post graduate students from the department of history at the Higher School of Economics Saint-Petersburg. Under the session of Current trends in Development of the BRICS Societies, David Damtar and Samrat Sil presented their research papers. The themes of the papers were interesting and diverging from each other.
'I was very passionate about continuing my studies in history and Applied and Interdisciplinary History at HSE was the best program through which I could realize this dream. As the name of the programme implies, it focuses on “almost everything,” from history to anthropology, science and technology, environment and culture and many other sub disciplines with the intent of making the past “usable”. This enables students in the programme to acquire training in many different types of research methodologies. We also get practical lessons on museums and technology. The programme is not only relevant to students of history but largely to all students within the social sciences and even natural sciences and engineering due to its interdisciplinary nature,' says David Damtar.
  • In May-June, 2016 first-year students Alina Zgolaya, Anna Rokhloi, and Pavel Savchenko did practical projects for Kochubey’s Mansion in Tsarskoe Selo as a part of their research internship.

Alina, Anna and Pavel kindly shared their impression about their internship:

Anna Rokhoi:

"I enjoyed out internship a lot. Ludmila Vasilyevna not only showed us local sites but also invited to think about intentions of architects, decorators, and artists had. In other words, we tried to understand what was their idea behind the work? Each of us has a personal task. Mine was about modelling the interior of the Pink Drawing Room. I was told to create a scheme of this room with different pieces of furniture and decoration set according to my choice yet for any of my decisions I gave a historical justification. In order to do this one needs both good knowledge and historical imagination so you can have an idea about people’s everyday life in the past. Mrs. Bantikova is an experienced and empathetic instructor. It was a pleasure to work with her. She gave us both her deep knowledge of the subject and practical wisdom. I look forward to work here again".
Alina Zgolaya:
"I am one hundred percent sure that it was a useful and fascinating experience. Our MA program is based upon the principles of practical usage of historical expertise. This internship is a great example of applied history. Of course, reading books and learning theory is useful, but taking part in historical projects is a different thing. We were not just told how to create an exhibition or arrange different pieces within a room but also given an opportunity to present our own projects using real historical artifacts. Probably, we are skillful enough now to do it professionally yet we learned how historians can transform their knowledge into practice. I think that it is extremely important to make history written by people from the academia comprehensible for a broader audience".
Pavel Savchenko:
"Before this I have already had some experience of creating applied historical projects but this time it was really different. At first I even felt a bit unconfident. Just imagine: you are a student (MA student though, but still), you are given a task to create a model of museum rooms which can possibly be concerned in decision-making on higher levels. Fortunately, my hesitation had not last long and soon I started to work. I do not miss time spent in preparation at all. The atmosphere was friendly thanks to efforts of Ludmila Vasilyevna so each time it was a pleasure to come to Kochubey’s Mansion. I learned a lot about the history of Kochubey family, Tsarsoe Selo and practical aspects of work in a museum".