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Admissions FAQ

Do I have to pay an application fee?

No. HSE does not charge an application fee. You can apply and take entrance exams online, free of charge. Should someone tell you that you have to pay a fee, contact us at inter@hse.ru.

Until what time will you accept applications on the deadline date?

Applications are accepted on the deadline dates until 23:59 MSK (GMT+3).

Can I apply to multiple graduate programmes at once?

You can apply to up to two graduate programmes in the same application.

Are there any discounts for international students?

Starting 2017, HSE offers a variety of tuition fee discounts to its international applicants. You may also qualify for Russian government scholarships that cover the full cost of tuition.

Do I need to submit English-language proficiency tests?

Non-native English speakers must submit TOEFL, IELTS, or CAE test results (from no more than two years prior to the the application submission). Native English speakers, as well as students who have previously completed an entire degree exclusively in English, do not need to submit proof of their English ability.

If I do not currently have a valid passport, can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply even if you do not have a valid passport but, if your application is successful, you will have to have a valid passport in order to enrol at HSE.

Can I start an application online and save it before I am ready to finish it?

Online applications currently must be completed in one session.

I’m worried my recommender will have trouble submitting the letter of recommendation. Can I forward you an email from my recommender?

We can accept a pdf or jpeg version of a recommendation letter, if it includes the required elements listed in our guidelines.  Otherwise, we must receive the letter directly from your recommender.

I’ve finished my exams but have one more paper to submit before I complete my bachelor’s degree. Can I apply to a graduate programme before I have received my diploma?

If you have not yet received your bachelor’s diploma at the time of submission, you can send an official academic transcript (with grades) that reflects the entire period that you have studied at that institution. You will still be required to submit your bachelor’s diploma once you receive it; failure to do so will prevent you from entering the programme.

How can I receive a scholarship to study at in a graduate programme at HSE (tuition-free)?

International students can apply to study in graduate programmes at HSE for free through merit-based full-tuition scholarships.  Applicants can apply for these scholarships once they are admitted to a HSE programme.  For more information on the process and requirements, visit our Scholarships and Stipends page.

Does HSE consider late applications?

Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please email inter@hse.ru immediately if you would like to submit an application past deadline.

If I submit a late application, can I still be considered for scholarships?

Applications submitted after the scholarship deadline will not be considered for full-tuition scholarships. Several merit-based scholarships are also available but there are only awarded during the academic year.

Do I need to interview before being admitted to a programme?

Most programs require an interview as part of the application process. The manager of the programme that you are applying to may contact you about setting up an online interview.

When can I expect an admissions decision?

You can typically expect a response within two to three weeks.  Each application is individually reviewed by the programme admissions committee, so response times may vary.  If you have not received an update within a month, please contact inter@hse.ru.

When will I hear if I have received funding?

Scholarship decisions are made by university committees and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.  The International Admissions office has little control over this timeline, but we will keep students regularly updated.

Can I change programmes after being admitted?

Requests to change programmes are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the International Admissions Office to learn more. 

Can I defer admission?

Unfortunately, we are unable to grant deferrals. 

My friends are also interested in attending HSE. Can I send you their documents?

Thank you for recommending HSE to your friend!  We must receive application materials directly from each individual applicant.  Feel free to send us your friend’s contact information, or vice-versa.  However, we cannot accept application materials submitted by a third party.

Can I bring my family with me?

Unfortunately, HSE does not provide visa support for family members.  If you will require a visa to study in Russia, you will need to make separate arrangements for your family members.

I already have a Russian visa. Do I need to apply for another visa to study at HSE?

Yes, you will need to apply for a student visa, which will reflect your affiliation with HSE and allow you to live in Russia full-time for the length of your study. (Individuals holding diplomatic, ordinary work, and highly qualified specialist (HQS) visas can study at HSE without a student visa.)

Is Russia safe?

Moscow is a large city, with the same safety concerns as most large cities of the world.  There are cases of petty crime targeting tourists, so we recommend students be aware of their surroundings and pay close attention to your belongings.  For more information on safety, we recommend you review any advisories provided by your country’s embassy in Russia. Read more here.

When does the semester start? When are vacations and holidays?

The Academic Calendar lists all important dates.

Have more questions?

If you cannot find the answer to your question on our website, please email us at inter@hse.ru.