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Five FAQ about International Student Admissions at HSE University – St Petersburg

Since the enrollment campaign for 2019/2020 academic year began, we have been getting various questions regarding international admissions. We have summed up the most frequent ones to clear things up.

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I don’t speak Russian. How can I apply?

Short answer: You’re more than welcome to apply for our English-taught Bachelor’s or Master’s programmes in Social and Political Sciences, Law, History, Oriental Studies, Economics, Management and Computer Science. 

Long answer: It’s crucial to pay attention to the language of instruction while applying. Sometimes it might be confusing, when you surf a dozen of programmes of different universities. But we’ve gathered all information about international admissions at HSE University – St Petersburg here. You can there find programme descriptions, application deadlines, entry requirements and other useful information. And don’t worry, if you choose a programme taught in English, all your entrance exams will also be in English.

Do you provide scholarships?

Short answer: Yes, we do. 

Long answer: Every year we offer a limited number of merit-based scholarships to the most outstanding applicants. Applications have to be submitted by August 10, 2019 – for citizens from countries with visa regime, and by August 20, 2019 – for citizens from visa-free countries. Tuition fee waivers and full scholarships are available. Tuition fee waivers cover a substantial part of the annual tuition fee: for Bachelor’s programme – 25-70%, for Master’s programmes – 25-50%. The scholarship is awarded automatically upon successful completion of the entrance exams. No additional application is required. It’s simple: the better you perform on the entrance exams, the higher the scholarship you will get.

I’m interested in several fields of study. Which programme should I choose?

Short answer: Toss a coin. When it is up in the air, you will suddenly understand what it is you truly want. 

Long answer: All of us wish to explore many fields and opportunities. Bearing this in mind, we’ve developed a flexible study system that allows students to choose an individual educational track to acquire knowledge in the areas that are interesting and important for them. Our students choose electives from the approved curriculum and form their individual curricula. For example, those who study Political Science may learn subjects from other disciplines like Law or Finance. 

What if I’m not be able to come for my entrance exam because I live abroad?

Short answer: Besides on-campus entrance exams which are held every Thursday and Friday in June and July, you’re always welcome to take exams online. But we’re kindly asking you not to forget to check your webcam, microphone and the internet connection in advance. 

Long answer: How awesome is it to live in the 21 century, when information technologies give us a lot of opportunities! It literally means that all our overseas applicants are allowed to take exams online (via proctoring) instead of taking them on campus. Online mode is not particularly different from what we usually imagine when thinking of taking exams. There is, however, one exception – you might be sitting home, but you must have all the necessary devices plugged in order to let one of our proctors supervise you.

What are my career options?

Short answer: Decide on a career path and focus on achieving your goals. 

Long answer: There are no set answers to this question. The answers always depend on how serious a person is about planning their future and professional work path. On our part, we make an effort to help our students and future graduates to discover a wide range of opportunities by involving them in the international exchange programmes, internships and teaching assistant activity, inviting them to job fairs or career centres to meet our partner companies, which might become their employers. 

Bonus question: Is it cold in Saint Petersburg?

Short answer: Only if you're wearing the clothes that don't match the weather.

Long answer: If you imagine snowdrifts of a 3-floor building height, you are rather far from the truth. The weather in Saint Petersburg is quite changeable. We have all 4 seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn. In the winter you might face some frosts (up to −20°C). Spring is much better, but don’t be surprised by having one snowy day mid-April. Summer…Summer runs too fast as everywhere and it’s superb with its marvellous white nights in May and June! Finally, we love autumn for the power to dye the nature in amber and scarlet tints as if the landscape becomes a living canvas. 

Still have questions we have not covered? Please feel free to contact our admissions coordinators. 

Dilyara Shaidullina

Undegraduate Programmes Coordinator

Viktoria Isaeva

Graduate Programmes Coordinator