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Meet Us on-Campus or Online

The enrollment campaign for 2018 is in full swing which means that now is the time to check out information about student life in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, university admissions and accommodation possibilities at HSE University in St. Petersburg.

Open Day is always a great opportunity to come and see the university that you want to study at, ask questions and get answers directly from staff and students.

We are excited to announce that the next Open Day for undergraduates and graduates will be on June 13, 2018. The schedule will be available closer to the time, but here we’ll tell you a bit about the first Open Day of 2018, which took place on March 15.

More than 30 students from China attended. These students are completing their preparatory year at various universities in St. Petersburg and are going to apply for study programmes.

They were given a tour of the campus which was followed by a presentation on the university itself, Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes, entrance requirements and application procedures. During the presentation, many different questions were asked.

Students who are hoping to enter Bachelor’s programmes were curious about passing the entrance exams.

‘Is it possible to sit exams online?’

The answer is yes, definitely! You just have to register for the right combination of tests in accordance with the programme you are applying for, via your Applicant's Personal Account.  

While preparing for exams don’t forget to look through exams samples.

‘What additional documents confirming personal merits should be submitted in order to apply for the Master’s programme?’

Unfortunately, your sports competition diploma won’t go towards your application, but if you have diplomas proving your participation in scientific international conferences, the HSE University – St. Petersburg Summer School certificate, other international certificates including GMAT/GRE or have academic publications, we strongly recommend that you submit them. Please check out the other criteria for assessment your portfolio.

‘Do you provide scholarships for international students?’

Yes, we provide merit-based scholarships, which can cover 25-70% of the tuition fee at Bachelor’s level and 25-50% at Master’s level.

‘Is there an option to transfer to HSE University – St. Petersburg from other Russian universities?’

Sure, nothing is impossible.

At the end of the event, first-year HSE University – St. Petersburg student ambassadors from China told participants about studies and campus life and answered several other questions.

We asked Chinese students what their expectations of the event were and whether they had been met.

They kindly agreed to share their opinions:

Gao Xinyue


‘I’m from China, but I would like to study in Russia. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about which university I should choose. After participating in the Open Day I have more information about HSE University – St. Petersburg. I will do my best to be accepted into this university’.

Liu Shuling

‘I first came to HSE University – St. Petersburg on the Open Day. What impressed me most is the modern campus, the big library and an inspiring atmosphere. We were given information about various educational options. I’m interested in several fields of study and I’m going to consider these options carefully in order to make right decision’.

Wang Shuai

‘When I came to the campus, I was astonished by the lovely building. Teachers were attentive and open. They answered our questions in detail’.

Miao Weijie

‘I would like to enter a Master's programme. HSE University – St. Petersburg has a modern campus and very comfortable classrooms. Everything is very similar to universities in Europe and USA’.

Li Chenxiao

‘The International Office does a good job in providing relevant information about opportunities for international students to study at HSE University – St. Petersburg. Also, I would like to join a language club, have a chat with Russians and make friends’.

Yang Pei

‘I already knew that excellent teachers work here. I believe that studies might be rather challenging, but I’m sure I’ll acquire knowledge and make friends’.

Zhao Yimin

‘I realised that the HSE University Campus in St, Petersburg is very up-to-date. It was surprising for me that teachers there are so good at English’.

For those who live too far away and can’t make it to the next Open Day: we invite you to join us at the webinars which are taking place next month.

On May 21,there will be a webinar for prospective and recent school graduates: a  WEBINAR about Bachelor’s programmes taught in English:

›      Political Science and World Politics

›      International Business and Management

›      Sociology and Social Informatics

On May 22, please join us at the WEBINAR about English-taught Master’s programmes, in particular:

›      Applied and Interdisciplinary History

›      Comparative Politics of Eurasia 

›      Management and Analytics for Business

›      Business and Politics of Modern Asia

›      Finance

What topics will we cover?

1.     Programme in a nutshell: curricular and research projects.

2.     Admission requirements and deadlines.

3.     Tuition fee discount and how to get it.

4.     Semester abroad and internships.

5.     Career prospects.

6.     Students testimonials about the programmes and life in St. Petersburg

7.     Your questions.  

Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.

For more information, please contact internationaloffice@hse.ru