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HSE Saint Petersburg Summer School

15+ Modules, July - Sept 2018  

 1.5 - 2 ECTS per week 



28 December 2017

Russian Studies: UCL at HSE St. Petersburg

Thursday, December 21, 2017 the student group of University College London gathered to take tea with traditional pancakes, to speak Russian, and to thank the academic staff for the time they have spent in St. Petersburg. We asked them about the city, studies, student life, and overall impressions.

21 December 2017

Neighbours: Who is Close to HSE in Rankings. Economics

We continue talking about universities that are alongside HSE in the 51–100 group in various subject areas in the QS ranking. Today we have economists speaking about their ‘neighbours in the ranking’.

12 December 2017

How to Transfer: HSE St Petersburg Introduces Online Service

December is one of the two months during the year when students can transfer to HSE from other academic institutions. To facilitate this process, HSE University has introduced an online service for those seeking a transfer.

Welcome to St Petersburg HSE Summer School - 2018

Looking for something unforgettable and worthwhile to fulfill your summer? The perfect mix of valuable studies, travelling and cultural experience awaits you in Saint Petersburg, at 2018 HSE Summer School.

Here is the list of the new electives for summer 2018. Feel free to contact us via spbsummerschool@hse.ru

Select, combine, and join us for:

You are welcome to join our programme on any preffered dates this summer, between July 16 - September 25, 2018. The courses description is available through 2018 thematic sections >>

If you need more details on participation fees, partner discounts, or have cooperation proposals, don't hesistate to drop your message to spbsummerschool@hse.ru, or dial 007 812 644 59 10 ext. 61593

Follow and ask your question on Facebook @hsespbss


To join the St. Petersburg 2018 Summer School, you need to:

1. Fill in the application form

We will get back to you within a week to notify you that your application has been received and send you further details:




2. Receive instructions from our team

3. Complete the application and submit your documents

After we send you a letter of notification, please, submit the scans of required documents (the first page of your international passport and prior Russian visas if you had any plus information form) via email.

4. Receive confirmation of acceptance

After you have submitted all the documents required and they have been processed we will get back to you within 10 working days to notify you on your application results.

5. Receive and sign your study contract

After you have received your acceptance confirmation, next step will be signing your study contract to confirm your course choices.

6. Receive your invitation letter

After your acceptance to the summer school has been confirmed and the study contract had been signed you will receive an official invitation that you will use to apply for your Russian visa.

Please, check with the Russian Embassy or Consulate in your home country whether you need a student visa to study in Russia.

7. Pay online

The payment gateway will open in mid-March and you will be able to complete the Summer School payment online.

8. Apply for the visa

We kindly ask you to check the student visa application general requirements as well as country-specific procedures well in advance.

9. Send us a scanned copy of your visa

10. Provide your arrival details

Please, note that the application procedure is slightly different for :

Participation fees

Regular participation fee for a one-week programme: 360 Euro per course

The fee covers tuition, study materials and introductory cultural activities: boat trip and welcome dinner, trip to Peterhof, guided walking tour Alternative Saint Petersburg.

Accommodation costs, everyday transfers, meals and optional city sighseeing tours are not included into the fee. 


Special fees apply to the following programmes of 2018 HSE St. Petersburg Summer School:

AccommodationStudent Life


We are happy to invite you to our stylish and well-equipped dormitories where your comfort and safety are our highest priorities. We will also be glad to help our students with arranging other accommodation options, such as finding a hostel or a host family.

Our summer school participants can reside in our brand new student halls on Zaporozhskaya street: the best student accommodation in Russia, according to the results of National Competition of 2017. Our guests will be living in rooms for 2 or 4 people in a cozy apartment with a shared kitchen, equipped with electric stoves, fridges, kettles, microwave ovens and kitchen furniture.


Explore Saint Petersburg, studying in one of our modern and stylish campuses, located close to the main historical and cultural landmarks of the city. You will enjoy contemporary and international environment-friendly campus with all its handy facilities and supplementary services. Lunch at the university canteen, deeply beloved by our students, is less than 3 euro, and that is the closest you can get to Russian home-style cuisine.

Student life at HSE Saint Petersburg

Our team of HSE Buddies will help you to fully immerse into the everyday life of the locals. They will provide you with all kinds of support, from meeting you at the airport to introducing you to the highlights of both day and night life of Saint-Petersburg.

Summer in the city

Vibrant and fascinating all year round, the City of Peter the Great becomes truly mesmerizing during the summer months. Get ready to enjoy the luminous white nights on the banks of Neva! This summer is definitely a good time to plan a visit to Saint-Petersburg, as it will be one of the Host Cities for 2018 FIFA World Cup. If sports events are just not your thing, you can always enjoy a classy ballet in Mariinsky, stroll through wonderful Summer Gardens or casually drop to Imperial Hermitage Museum. Whatever you are looking for — this city will surely have it.

Student Testimonials


2017 BRICS Global Business & Innovations Summer School: Viritpol (Sun) Sunprugksin | University of Massachusetts Amherst)

'Being able to meet peers who are the same age as me in other programs was quite refreshing to say the least. The BRICS program greatly broadened my understanding of the world through interacting with these young and talented people. I genuinely enjoyed the synergy'.

Russian Language & Culture Program: Rayanne Fujimoto | University of Massachussets

'I think my Russian improved immensely while I was in St. Petersburg, not just because of the classes but also because of the abundance of opportunities to practice on a day to day basis'.

Russian Language & Culture Program: James Tripaldi | Amherst College

'HSE’s six-week intensive language and culture summer program is nothing short of a magical and transformative experience. My only regret? That I cannot stay here longer'.

Exchange programme: Helen Fortescue-Poole | University College London

'I’ve honestly been very impressed with the methods, pace, and standards of the classes, and I can’t thank the teachers who deliver them enough. Similarly, I’ve been impressed with the energy and helpfulness of both the student volunteers and the administration who work quite thanklessly trying to herd a ramshackle bunch of foreign students'.

>> HSE St Petersburg Summer School 2018 Brochure Open and Download (PDF, 5,48 Мб)


Meet the Team


Project Manager: Veronika Denisovavdenisova@hse.ru

Project Coordinator: Ksenia Antoshko, kantoshko@hse.ru



Anastasiia Sysoeva, Marketing Officer

Special thanks for the help of students Helen Fortescue-Poole, Adelaide Bacon 


Facebook messages @HSEspbSS, Phone: 007 812 644 5910 ext. 61593, or summerschoolspb@hse.r