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FAQ

1. WHAT IS THE SUMMER SCHOOL?

St. Petersburg HSE Summer School is an annual umbrella programme that includes courses in different fields of knowledge.

Next summer, Saint Petersburg HSE Summer School will be held from June 28, 2021 to July 23, 2021. The offerings include 13 courses which you find at the link.

Please note

The courses are provided on demand. This implies that the availability of one or another programme is finalised at the end of the admission campaign following the existing demand. If a course is cancelled, applicants will be informed about it in advance.

2. IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE MORE THAN ONE COURSE?

Absolutely, yes. However, if you would like to take two or more courses at once, please pay attention to the time frame of each one. If they are held simultaneously, please assess whether the workload is suitable for you.

We recommend taking no more than two courses at a time (if held simultaneously), and from three to four courses in total (if held non-simultaneously).

3. WHAT IF THE COURSE I WANT TO TAKE IS CANCELED?

Sometimes, due to an insufficient number of applicants, some courses are cancelled. Students who applied for a canceled course will be contacted by the Summer School Team and offered some alternatives.

4. AT WHICH LEVEL ARE THE COURSES DESIGNED – UNDERGRADUATE OR GRADUATE?

Most of our courses are open both for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for professionals. Please check the course webpages for detailed information on the target group of each course and other prerequisites.

Please note

The courses are designed for university students who have already studied for at least one year (we are accepting students who are older 18). 

5. IN WHICH FORMAT – ONLINE OR OFFLINE – THE SUMMER SCHOOL IS GOING TO BE HELD?

Even though we had been eager to meet our students in-person in the summer of 2021, HSE University – Saint Petersburg decided to hold the Summer School 2021 online due to the severity of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the uncertainty regarding when the epidemiological situation will be normalised. 

6. WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

The application deadline will be set as soon as the decision about the format has been made.

7. WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY?

You need to fill out the online application form. The form has five blocks of information (Personal Information, Education Background, Participation and Track Selection, Work Background, Additional Info).

The documents you need to prepare in advance:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A motivation letter where you explain why you would like to take part the Summer School course(s).
8. WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN MY MOTIVATION LETTER?

The are several things the Summer School Commission would like to know which you should include in your motivation letter in general:

  • A few words about yourself (short introduction)
  • What your educational/professional background is
  • Why you would like to be a part of the Summer School
  • Why you have chosen that (those) particular course(s)
  • What your expectations about the Summer School are
  • Anything you would like to add which tells us about your motivation
9. DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE A CERTIFICATE THAT PROVES MY ENGLISH SKILLS?

No, we do not require applicants to provide us with any of the known certificates. Please bear in mind that since classes will be delivered in English, the ability to study in English is down to students. 

10. HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM QUALIFIED FOR THE SUMMER SCHOOL?

Once you have sent your application with the required documents attached, we will assess it in 14 calendar days and then let you know if you are qualified for admission or if we need any additional documents/information to make our decision. Either way, we will send you an email.

11. HOW MANY ECTS CAN I GET?

Each course is worth a certain number of credits (2 ECTS, 3 ECTS, or 4 ECTS). The more courses you take, the more ECTS you get in total. Please bear in mind that the maximum number of the courses is not indefinite and assess your preparedness to complete all the courses you are applying for.

Please note

Given that degree requirements vary among universities, you should check your home university transfer policy before you apply for the Summer School.

12. WHERE WILL THE SUMMER SCHOOL TAKE PLACE?

If the Summer School is held on-campus, then it will be located in the very center of St. Petersburg, 123 Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboediva.

If the Summer School is held online, then it will be delivered via MS Teams, a platform that has already proven itself to be safe and effective for live online classes. All participants will be given HSE corporate email addresses to get access to MS Teams, E-resources, etc.

13. WHAT IS THE TIMETABLE OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL?

The Summer School timetable will be available as the programme approaches. Usually, classes begin in the morning (at 10 a.m., Moscow Time, GMT +3), and there are from 1 to 3 classes per day. The typical duration of a lesson at HSE is 1 h 20 min.

14. WHAT WILL BE THE LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION?

Classes, as well as other educational and extracurricular activities, will be delivered in English. The students of the course ‘Modern Russia: Language and Culture’ who have at least the intermediate level of Russian proficiency should expect to be offered classes delivered in Russian.

15. HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE THERE IN EACH COURSE?

There are normally between 5 and 15 students per course.

16. HOW MUCH DOES THE SUMMER SCHOOL COST?

Please learn more about the fees are available at the link.

Please note that there are certain discounts available from students from our partner universities, students from Russian universities, HSE students.

There is also a 5% additional discount for those who took part in the Summer School 2020.

17. HOW DO I FIND OUT IF MY UNIVERSITY IS AN HSE UNIVERSITY PARTNER?

Please check the list of HSE University partners at the link.

18. IF MY UNIVERSITY IS ONE OF THE PARTNERS, THEN WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You should provide us any of the following documents to confirm that you have been studying at your university:

  • A letter from the international office/study office
  • A transcript of records

The document must contain the name of your university, your name, and your current status of enrolment.

19. WHAT DO THE FEES INCLUDE?

The fees cover

  • Tuition and exclusive study content for a limited number of students provided by expert academics
  • Course readings
  • Access to HSE resources and learning environment
  • A transcript of records including the grade and the number of obtained ECTS
  • A certificate of attendance* after completing the course(s)
  • Full support of the Summer School team
  • Optional online social activity

Additionally, if the Summer School is held on-campus the fees cover

  • Visa support

The fees DO NOT cover travel expenses, accommodation, meals, living expenses, (except for ones provided by the programme).

*Those students who do not sit/pass the final exam are provided with a certificate of audition.

20. HOW AND WHEN CAN I PAY THE FEES?

You will have to pay by credit card via the HSE Payment Service. We will be accepting fee payments in the summer of 2021. The exact period will be available later.

21. IF I CANNOT PAY THE FEES BY THE PAYMENT DEADLINE, CAN I PAY LATER?

No, unfortunately, we do not offer an opportunity to postpone the payment.

22. IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET A REFUND IF I CHANGE MY PLANS?

The refund policy is being currently developed. It shall be available once the decision about the format has been made.

23. DO YOU HAVE ANY SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THE SUMMER SCHOOL?

No, applicants are required to cover the costs of participation (registration and tuition fees) by themselves.

24. MY CARD IS NOT WORKING WITH THE HSE PAYMENT SERVICE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please contact your bank in order to make sure they do not impede the operation. If they do not and the problem with the payment remains, the solution would be concluding a separate contract between you and the university (it is necessary, otherwise we will not be eligible to accept the payment from you). Once the contract has been signed, please make a remittance to the banking details stated in the contract.

Please note

HSE Payment Service accepts the following cards: VISA, MASTER CARD, MIR