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Double Degree track with University of Milano

About the Double Degree track

The Double Degree track is organized according to the agreement between HSE St. Petersburg and the University of Milano . It implies that Master in Data Analytics for Politics and Society students have the opportunity to spend the second study year (3rd and 4th semesters) in Italy at the programme Data Analysis for Politics and Society, whileUniversity of Milano students are able to get enrolled to HSE St. Petersburg as degree seeking students. The Double Degree Programme studentswill be eligible for two degrees if they successfully finish their studies at both universities.



The double degree track is a unique opportunity for the students to:

- develop a deeper and broader understanding of the transformations taking place in the European and international contexts;

- get experience of international communication and education in a new environment;

- become more competitive and successful on the global labor market;

- develop academic career and enter international PhD programme.


Some facts about Universityof Milano


Also known as ‘La Statale ’, the University of Milan is, relatively speaking, one of Italy ’s younger university institutions. It was founded in 1924 thanks to the tenacious efforts of Luigi Mangiagalli, who in creating La Statale, realised his long-held dream of building a university for Lombardy ’s regional capital.


Indeed, up until that point, it was the University of Pavia, founded in the fourteenth century and the main education centre in northern Italy, that housed the traditional university faculties. Over the centuries, however, the numerous educational institutions and schools of excellence which sprang up in Milan would later be incorporated under the University of Milan.


Today the University of Milan is well positioned in leading international rankings, both for the quality and the productivity of its research, and it always ranks high among Italian universities.

Universityof Milano earned a good position in the World University Ranking 2021 by the Times Higher Education magazine, which ranks the best universities on the planet and examined 1390 universities worldwide. The University ranked in the 350-400 group.


In the QS World University Rankings 2021 the Universityof Milano ranked 302nd. Also UniMi  is fifth of the 36 Italian universities included in the ranking, and is in the top 34% at global level.



Who can apply?

·        1st year students that study at the HSE St. Petersburg Master’s Programme Data Analytics for Politics and Society

·                  have a certified knowledge of the English language at the level not lower than IELTS 6.0. or TOEFL IBT 88 or the relevant language test results confirmed by HSE St Petersburg (the Double Degree Track is delivered in English in both universities)


Application Procedure

The track is open for 2 best students that are going to be selected by the Programme Board of Master in Comparative Politics of Eurasia based on their academic merits and motivation.

 Applications and required documents should be downloaded in Nomination Form (for Double Degree Programme) . The application period: 31.01.2022 - 04.03.2022. The call and the list of the required documents you can find here.

Tuition Fees

Students participating in the double degree track pay tuition fees only at the Home University (if applicable).

The other costs associated with the program should be covered by the students:

·                  international travel;

·                  accommodation expenses;

·                  mandatory health insurance for international students or equivalent private insurance;

·                  textbooks and miscellaneous expenses.


Final dissertation

DDP students are provided with a co-supervisor from the Host University and prepare the final dissertation to meet the requirements of both universities.

Double Degree Programme students defend their final dissertation either at UniMi or at HSE St Petersburg, which is valid for both universities.


The questions about participation in the double degree track can be addressed to the Programme Office or to the Centre for International Accreditations and Network Programmes doubledegreespb@hse.ru; the questions about programme content can be addressed to the Academic Director.