Results of the 2023 Admissions Campaign
The 2023 admissions campaign is almost over. Read on to learn about this year's results, innovations, and international activities.
The Admissions Campaign
This year, HSE University-St Petersburg enrolled 2,160 students from 84 Russian regions—from St Petersburg to Krasnoyarsk Krai. A total of 1,611 new students joined the university's bachelor's programmes and 580 enrolled in master's programmes. This year, the St Petersburg campus has become more popular with applicants: the number of applications increased by 19% in comparison to 2022. The admissions committee received more than 9,000 applications in 2023 and more than 7,000 in 2022.
State-funded places were awarded to 586 applicants, 297 of whom had earned benefits through student competitions. The ‘The Higher Trial’ olympiad helped 75 people to enrol at HSE University-St Petersburg. The number of winners and prizewinners of the all-Russian Olympiad of School Students was 24. There were 941 students enrolled in fee-paying places. The most popular programmes among the new students were 'Law', 'Design', 'International Bachelor’s in Business and Economics' and 'Media Communications'.
According to the results of the admission campaign, the passing scores were very high—in some programmes, they reached 300 points in the state exams. Such programmes include 'Philology' (303 points), 'Applied Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence' (300 points), 'Law' (300 points), and 'Political Science and World Politics' (300 points). The average score of those enrolled in state-funded places in 2023 was 94.3.
Olympiad winners were most interested in three programmes: 'Applied Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence', 'Philology' and 'Political Science and World Politics'. More than 80% of people were enrolled in these programmes via olympiads.
A total of 382 applicants were awarded state-funded places on master's programmes. The most popular programmes among these applicants were 'Civil and Commercial Law', 'Intellectual Property Law in the Digital Age', 'Design', 'UX Analytics and Information System Design' and 'Media Production and Media Analytics'. The number of students enrolled in fee-paying places increased by 23% compared to 2022.
This year, HSE University-St Petersburg welcomed 221 international students: 109 to bachelor's programmes and 112 to master's programmes. Bachelor's programmes attracted students from Kazakhstan, Moldova, China, Germany, India and many others. Master's programmes welcomed applicants from Nigeria, China, Mexico, Turkey and other countries. The International Office has already held HSE Orientation Day, a welcome meeting for 65 international students. The meeting started with a welcome speech by Manoj Sharma, Vice President of HSE University-St Petersburg.
In the course of the admissions campaign, the campus actively developed its international relations. HSE University currently has more than 100 working international partner programmes. Now, the campus in St Petersburg is preparing 10 agreements to sign with leading universities in the Asia-Pacific region. Moreover, HSE University-St Petersburg held a Summer School which welcomed students from different countries—from China to Italy. Together with Sabancı University, the HSE University-St Petersburg Art and Design School has prepared an issue of the journal Projector about Turkish design. The presentation will take place both in St Petersburg and Istanbul.
In the new academic year, HSE University-St Petersburg will continue its active international life. One hundred and eight students will go on academic mobility programmes to China, South Korea, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, Italy and other countries.
Students of the Bachelor's programme 'Media Communications' had the opportunity to undertake an internship at Lovely Professional University in India. Applicants must undergo a selection process involving writing an essay with a concept of a media project in English and passing an interview. Only the most motivated and enthusiastic students will be invited to participate in the internship.
Mikhail Tyurkin, Academic Supervisor of the Bachelor's programme 'Media Communications'
The essays were very good, and it will be hard to choose the winners. We have already compiled a shortlist, but we haven't decided who will take part in the interviews yet. In particular, we were fascinated with the cases when the students did some extra work—contacted Indian citizens, read local media, and studied Indian culture and religion. It is clear that they have already tuned into the beat of the country's spirit, which will be reflected in the final project—a documentary film.
HSE University-St Petersburg enrolled the first cohort in the online Master's programme 'Systems Reliability Engineering'. It is oriented toward training system architects, and its contents focus on working with the industry and practical work. The programme is implemented jointly with the company 1C and plans to develop cooperation with Gazprom Neft. Both companies participate in conducting theoretical and practical classes and preparing theses—students will get real, practical cases. Students will also have an opportunity to undertake an internship at partner companies.
Work with industrial partners was also enhanced in the programmes 'Applied Mathematics and Information Science' and 'Applied Data Analysis and Artificial Intelligence'. Their students will have access to courses in machine learning, algorithms and data structures from the Yandex School of Data Analysis.
This academic year, the bachelor's programme in Political Science has launched a new track for winners of Olympiads and students with high state exam scores. In addition, the increased academic load programme will continue operating on the 'International Bachelor’s in Business and Economics' programme.
Yury Kabanov, Academic Supervisor of the Bachelor's programme 'Political Science and World Politics'
Each year, the Bachelor's programme 'Political Science and World Politics' becomes more popular among olympiad winners. This year, 37 people were enrolled without taking entrance exams, an increase from last year's 23. In addition to the main curriculum, the students will have the opportunity to participate in the special project track: Political Science Honours. There, they will gain additional skills in the sphere of project activities, academic work and social leadership. This year, we have prepared projects oriented at solving the city's social tasks for them. Many of these projects will be implemented together with our partners—non-profit organisations and business companies. Later, students will be able to gain advanced skills in research activities. The important thing is that this project is open not only to olympiad winners—any student will be able to write a motivation letter and take part in the competitive selection process to study in the track.