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Your chance for early admission to a tuition-free Master's or PhD program at one of the leading universities in Russia

Who Can Participate?
  • For the Master's track: Foreign citizens and stateless persons, including compatriots living abroad, having a Bachelor's degree or completing a Bachelor degree programme in 2024
  • For the doctoral track: Foreign citizens and stateless persons, including compatriots living abroad, having a Master's or Specialist's degree for the doctoral track (analogous to Ph.D.) in 2024

Russian and English

Grants and scholarships for prize winners

To get a 100% scholarship (free education) at HSE University please sign in to your Open Doors account and take part in Open Doors competition.

Official competition website


  • September 15th - December 22nd, 2023

    Registration of participants. Participants upload their portfolios to the Olympiad website. Passing the entrance test. 

  • January 09th - February 09th, 2024

    Completion of the Olympiad tasks in the proctoring mode. Selection of prizewinners and winners in the Master's degree track, participants of the 3rd stage in the PhD track, participants who have completed the Olympiad with high achievements. 

  • February 21st - March 15th, 2024

    Online interview with the PRS and/or managers of the PhD track.

The Award Winners who decide to pursue Master’s studies at HSE may enroll in the following programmes. 

Economics & Econometrics

Area of study 38.04.01 Economics; area of study 38.04.02 Management; area of study 38.04.08 Finance and Credit; area of study 39.04.01 Sociology; area of study 41.04.04 Political Science

Computer & Data Science

Area of study 09.04.01 Information Science and Computing Technology; area of study 10.04.01 Information Security; area of study 11.04.02 Infocommunication Technologies and Communication Systems; area of study 38.04.05 Business Informatics; area of study 39.04.01 Sociology; area of study 45.04.03 Fundamental and Applied Linguistics; area of study 46.04.01 History

Applied Mathematics & Artificial intelligence

Area of study 01.04.01 Mathematics; area of study 01.04.02 Applied Mathematics and Informatics; area of study 38.04.01 Economics; area of study 38.04.08 Finance and Credit; area of study 39.04.01 Sociology; area of study 41.04.04 Political Science

Business & Management

Area of study 27.04.05 Innovation Management; area of sudy 38.04.02 Management; area of study 38.04.04 Public Administration; area of study 38.04.08 Finance and Credit; area of study 42.04.01 Advertising and Public Relations; area of study 58.04.01 Asian and African Studies;

Politics & International Studies

Area of study 38.04.04 Public Administration; area of study 39.04.01 Sociology; area of study 40.04.01 Legal Studies; area of study 41.04.04 Political Science; area of study 41.04.05 International Relations; area of study 46.04.01 History; area of study 51.04.01 Cultural Studies; area of study 58.04.01 Asian and African Studies

Clinical medicine & public health

Area of study 37.04.01 Psychology; area of study 39.04.01 Sociology; area of study 47.04.01 Philosophy

Physical Sciences & Technology

Area of study 03.04.02  Physics; area of study 11.04.04 Electronics and Nanoelectronics

Linguistics & Modern Languages

Area of study 42.04.02 Journalism; area of study 45.04.01 Philology; area of study 45.04.02 Linguistics; area of study 45.04.03 Fundamental and Applied Linguistics; area of study 42.04.05 Media Communications; area of study 46.04.01 History

Education & Psychology

area of study 44.04.01 Pedagogy; area of study 37.04.01 Psychology; area of study 46.04.01 History


Area of studies 07.04.04 Urban Studies and Development; area of study 11.04.04 Electronics and Nanoelectronics

Chemistry & Materials Science

Area of studies 04.04.01 Chemistry

Earth & Environmental Sciences for Sustainability

Area of studies 05.04.02 Geography; area of study 39.04.01 Sociology

Biology & Biotechnology

Area of studies 06.03.01 Biology

Urbanism & Civil Engineering

The Award Winners who decide to pursue PhD studies at HSE may enroll in the following programmes:

Economics & Econometrics

Computer & Data Science

Mathematics & Artificial intelligence


Business & Management

Cognitive neurosciences & psychology

Politics & International Studies

Engineering & Technology

Why HSE University?

The Higher School of Economics (HSE University) is one of the largest and at the same time youngest universities in the country. Across four campuses in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Perm, over 40,000 students study, and more than 3,500 of those are foreigners.

HSE University has become the first university in Russia to adopt the Bologna system and currently utilizes the most advanced educational technologies: every student has the opportunity to not only choose major and minor courses, but also choose from a range of online courses on Coursera platform, the largest online learning platform. The University is actually one of the largest providers of courses for the platform - 91 HSE University courses are available via this learning service, including many courses delivered entirely in English.

Education at the University is divided into four modules rather than two semesters, which means there are four exam periods during the year. However, the study load is distributed evenly throughout the module, and the student’s grade for the subject draws upon all his/her coursework activities.

Currently, the University offers more than 250 Bachelor and Master's programmes: from Economics, Management and Sociology to Fundamental Mathematics, Media Communications, Computer Science and Design.


HSE University in Facts and Figures

Specialized Research Laboratories

The University has more than 100 laboratories and research centres, and more than 35 of these are international, where research is conducted together with the world's largest research teams.

Full list of the international laboratories

Student Life

One would have a hard time trying to describe student life at HSE University succinctly - it can be dynamic, varied, and each person has their own experience. The University has more than 100 organizations and clubs ensuring there's something for everyone. There are numerous sport clubs (from football to extreme sports and frisbee), science clubs and organizations, as well as clubs for music, film, and photography lovers. Students have a wide choice of options of how they wish to spend their free time and can even team up with like-minded people to create their own clubs, or launch a crowdfunding project among other students or university leaders.

Every year, the University hosts the Iron Egg student awards ceremony, where students and the jury choose the best projects of the past year.

Student Life at HSE Moscow

The University campuses are located in the largest cities in Russia: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Perm.

Moscow is the capital of Russia and the largest city in continental Europe. It is a city where any and all possible opportunities for study, business, science, and relaxation can be found. Moscow has one of the most developed - and beautiful too - transport systems in Europe and the world with more than 260 metro stations; there is absolutely no problem getting from one area of the city to another at any time. All metro lines (as in most public places) offer free Wi-Fi access. The average summer temperature is between 20 and 25 degrees. In the winter, the average temperature is -10.

Perm is one of the largest regional cities in Russia. It has a dynamically developing centre with a rich cultural life and a measured pace of life. The average summer temperature is between 22-25 degrees and the average winter temperature is -13.

Saint Petersburg is the cultural centre of Russia and the second largest city in the country. Russia's largest museums and art galleries (Hermitage, Russian Museum) are located here, as well as the most famous palaces of the country—Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof. It is the closest Russian large city to Europe (in both distance and spirit) with the deepest metro in the world. The average summer temperature is between 20 and 22 degrees, and winter is warmer than in Moscow, with an average temperature of -7 degrees.

Nizhny Novgorod is one of the oldest cities in Russia. It is the largest transport hub and administrative centre in the Volga Federal District. There are more than 600 unique historical, architectural, and cultural monuments in the city, the main tourist attraction being, certainly, the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin. The average temperature is similar to Moscow — around 20-25 degrees in the summer and -10 in the winter.

of the international QS rankings in Economics, Sociology, Political Science, and International Relations
in Russia in Economics, Sociology, Political Science, International Relations, Finance, Business and Management, Education, Media Communications, and Psychology
of the world QS “Top 50 under 50” rankings (# 39)
young university in Russia by both the QS and THE international rankings

Internationally-accredited degree programmes

21 HSE University programmes have international accreditation.

Among them are the following English-taught Master's programmes:

Politics. Economics. Philosophy. – accredited by the Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ZEvA);

Master in International Business – accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Career Development;

Master in Finance (St. Petersburg campus) – accredited by ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and EPAS (EFMD Programme Accreditation System), one of the four most widely recognized accreditation systems in the world;

Master in Finance (Nizhny Novgorod campus) — accredited by the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

Major International Partners and Projects of the University

HSE University has more than 360 international partners from 63 countries around the world.

Among them are as follows:

  • University of London
  • Pantheon-Sorbonne University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • University of London
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Padua
  • University of Helsinki
  • Heidelberg University
  • University of California
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Kyung Hee University
  • Singapore Management University
  • Seoul National University (SNU)
  • University of Bern
  • Kyoto University
  • Ca' Foscari University of Venice

Competition Organizing Committee - Contacts

E-mail: opendoors@globaluni.ru

Official competition website