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Saint Petersburg HSE Summer School Goes Online

What is happening in these difficult times is undoubtedly a challenge for the education sector in general, but especially for international education. We admire the courage and creativity of our colleagues and students from all over the world, not only for staying home but also for staying curious and keeping their thirst for knowledge. The closure of the state border should not become an obstacle to the acquisition of new knowledge and cultural exchange experience. Like many other educational projects, we came to a responsible decision to move Saint Petersburg HSE Summer School online.

Saint Petersburg HSE Summer School Goes Online

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We understand that the ‘summer’ part is crucial when you are talking about summer schools, especially in Saint Petersburg. The vibrant city, its white nights, the delicious HSE University canteen meals, and the legendary Russian metro. We fully comprehend that the Summer School will not be the same this year, but who said it could not be fun?

In this brief Q&A session our Summer School team will be answering the main questions transitioning to online might raise.

1. When will the Summer School be held?

This year, Saint Petersburg HSE Summer School will be held from July 27 to August 21. Participants can choose among 11 courses which last up to 2 weeks. Visit Saint Petersburg HSE Summer School webpage to find out more about changes in each course. The application deadline is June 28.

2. How much will it cost?

Given the current situation, we totally realize how challenging these times could be. We have introduced a unified discount for all our participants – 25% off the course fee. Thus, a two-week course with2 ECTS costs 20.475 rubles (about 260 euros). Since the cost is calculated based on ECTS, the cost per 1 ECTS will be lower if a student takes, for example, 2 courses with 2 ECTS. To learn more, please, go here.

3. Which platforms are you planning to use?

We are planning to use Microsoft Teams and Zoom, platforms that have already proven itself to be safe and effective for live online classes.

4. What time will the classes be held?

We will do our best to ensure that students can attend courses in real-time to have vivid discussions and exchange their views. The time of the classes will be determined later with respect to time zones of enrolled participants.

5. How are you planning to change the courses to fit the live online format?

The majority of our courses does already have a fairly online-friendly structure (2-4 study hours per day). We have all been spending a lot of time in front of the computer recently, and our current groups have shown that doing more hours can be challenging. Check out course pages for more details on the structure of the courses.

6. How are you going to make it fun?

One of the pleasant side effects of going to study abroad is meeting the locals. We have a great team of Erasmus Student Network members, that will meet you online, not only in class, but during quizzes, movie nights and other social events.

7. Am I getting a transcript upon completion?

Yes, all attendees will receive HSE official transcripts where ECTS and final grade are indicated.

What language of instruction will be?

All the Saint Petersburg HSE Summer School courses to be taught in English except the 'Modern Russia: Language and Culture' course.

Certainly, online education will make this experience different. One thing that we are sure of is that we will do our best to keep the main element that makes international summer schools unforgettable – the momentum where people from all over the globe meet to share their unique opinions, cultures and experiences. Even if it has to happen through the computer screen.

Anna Dekalchuk, Associate Professor, Lecturer of the 'EU-Russia Relations Today' Course

'The coolest thing about teaching the class "EU-Russia Relations Today" is that each year together with students we plunge into diverse narratives and positions, often clashing, sometimes contradictory but always providing a lot of food for thought and a chance to discuss different views on exactly the same facts. This inevitably means that each year this class is distinct. And this is very rewarding!'

Aleksei Shpilman, Lecturer of the ‘Python for Social Science’ Course

‘This course is a great starting point for any person who wants to employ the latest data science techniques in their field. We will introduce our students to some of the most useful tools in the area. Python is a must-have tool in your arsenal if you wish to perform any modern data analysis or utilize any of the state-of-the-art machine learning methods.’

Tatiana Grishchenko, Associate Professor, Lecturer of the ‘BRICS in Global Economy‘ Course

'The course is recommended to a wide audience: both students and practitioners. The covered topics will be useful for participants from different fields of knowledge and practice, who are interested in strengthening competencies in the field of international business and world economy, specifically in relation to the BRICS countries.'

See you online!