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Study Abroad Opportunities for HSE St. Petersburg Students

An international student mobility (Student Exchange) programme is your opportunity to study abroad for one semester or full academic year at one of HSE's partner universities.

Student Exchange is a unique chance to improve your language and communication skills, broader your Academic and career perspective and find many friends and future business partners from across the world!

Studying in a prestigious foreign university is an excellent highlight to your higher diploma which will increase your competitiveness in the labor market.

Centre for International Cooperation HSE St.Petersburg opens call for applications for international mobility programmes at the beginning of each semester. Besides, the students of the campus may benefit from the participation at the university-wide call for applications, which is coordinated by HSE Moscow Student International Mobility Office.

Types of Mobility Programmes

  • Student Exchange under the campus-specific mobility partnerships (open for HSE SPb students only)
  • Student Exchange under the HSE's university-wide mobility partnerships (open for students from all HSE campuses)
  • Double degree programmes
  • QTEM programme
  • Language Internships within the intergovernmental programmes of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Individual arrangement (freemover)
  • International summer schools
  • Global citizen programmes for short-term professionally specific visits


  • State- and self-funded students showing good academic performance (no failed exams)
  • Bachelor’s students from HSE St. Petersburg starting from the 2nd year of studies (the priority is given to those who successfully passed at least four exam sessions)
  • Master’s students from HSE St. Petersburg starting from the 1st year of studies (the priority is given to those who successfully passed at least one exam session)
  • PhD students from HSE St. Petersburg (if this type of mobility is indicated in a student exchange agreement)
  • Priority is given to the students who have not participated in the international mobility programmes before 

The call for student exchange applications under campus-specific and university-wide mobility programmes is announced twice a year within the more or less regular dates. For more information on terms and deadlines check here!

General Terms & Conditions

  • Exchange students (except free-movers) do not pay the tuition fee at the host partner university (some other fees e.g. application fee, registration fee, accommodation placement fee etc. may apply)
  • Exchange students normally bear the airfare, accommodation and living expenses; a full or a partial scholarship covering the expenses might be received
  • Your learning outcomes (credits) at the host partner university can be transferred to your HSE transcript of records
  • Selection process is based on the applicant's academic performance (GPA, Ranking), language proficiency and volunteer experience
  • Selection results are approved by the HSE St. Petersburg Internationalisation Steering Group (ISG)
  • One student can apply for multiple exchange programmes simultaneously but can be nominated for one exchange program only

How to apply for an international student exchange programme?

  1. Check out the regular application periods of the mobility programmes you want to apply for. Wait for the new call for applications to be announced.
  2. Study the list of available study-abroad destinations and make a motivated choice of 2-3 universities. Research the courses available for exchange students at the desired host university. Discuss with your Academic Supervisor and your Study Office how to match it with your curricula at HSE to ensure credit transfer. We advise it to do this research in advance, before the call for application starts!
  3. Pay special attention to the language requirements of the chosen destination. Make sure to secure the language certificate (IELTS, TOEFL etc.) in advance if it is required by the host university. Take your time before the call to improve your language proficiency — this is your key to a successful study abroad experience!
  4. Try to estimate the expenses that you will have to bear while on exchange. Look up scholarship opportunities.
  5. Start preparing your application in advance.
  6. When the new call for applications is announced, visit the website of the call, check the list of required documents and application procedure.
  7. Apply and submit all documents online — no need to submit any paper-based documents — except for some very rare cases.


Sign in for a consultation on international student mobility in the Centre for International Cooperation online:

Contact persons: Evgeniya Khovalyg and Daria Zima