- Area of studies: The programme combines Russian as a Foreign Language and courses from the fields of Russian, Eurasian, and post-Soviet Studies: history, culture, literature, arts, society and politics
- Prerequisites: 3 semesters or more of college-level Russian language instruction of equivalent (Intermediate or Intermediate-high);
heritage speakers of Russian with permission of the instructor;
Minimum GPA of 2.5 for participants
- Languages of Instruction: Russian and English
- Class Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior or Senior
- Certification: Full transcript of records in support of credit transfer
- Level of Study: Undergraduate
- Housing Options: Homestay or Residence Hall
Marek Soukup from Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic, is currently studying at HSE St Petersburg as an exchange student on the Applied Economics and Mathematical Methods MA programme. His decision to come to Russia stemmed from his desire to perfect his knowledge of the Russian language, which he started learning four years ago.
You cannot fully enjoy your stay in St Petersburg without going to have a tea or coffee in one of the numerous dedicated places of the city. However, as in any city in the world, St Petersburg has his own original, magical places, where you do not simply have a drink. These places often include anticafés, where the price is not based on your consumption, but on the amount of time you spent on site. Here is a list of these places that you would, beyond any doubt, appreciate spending some time in.
Prior to coming to St Petersburg, international students may anticipate some difficulty settling into a drastically new culture and lifestyle, and completing the more mundane tasks, such as navigating the transport system. However, Buddy Club at HSE St Petersburg helps make the transition smoother. Roland Mortimer, exchange student from University College London, shares his experience.
A group of 20 undergraduates from the United States visited “the Venice of the North” this January, taking part in a programme that blended the history, society and culture of the Russian Empire’s capital. Participants arrived from Mount Holyoke College and Smith College, opting to spend two weeks of their winter holidays here (6 – 22 January) learning about this city. Participants were diverse in their fields of studies, Russian knowledge, and travel experience, some even choosing this trip as their first chance to travel outside the borders of the United States.
Managing a budget is not very easy - it requires a lot of discipline, but it is nonetheless necessary to do in order to effectively manage income in relation to expenses. For international students coming to live in Russia, Saint Petersburg, it is particularly important to have a plan on how to manage costs.
Living in a globalized world, we usually associate fast food with such brands as McDonalds, KFC, and others. However, Russians have their own fast food and cheap places to eat traditional local food. Geoffrey Jouanno, an exchange student at HSE St Petersburg has put together a non-exhaustive list of some of the places that can be found in St Petersburg.
Moving to another country is always a challenge. But when it comes to moving to Russia, this challenge is particularly interesting. Teodora Delcheva, an exchange student from University College London explores eight myths about Russia and how they compare to reality.
HSE launches its new graduate programme, Comparative Politics of Eurasia. To understand just why Russian and international students and academics are taking notice, we spoke with Academic Supervisor, Dr. Dmitry Goncharov, who shows how the demand for specialists is pushing growth in this field.