International students can apply to study at HSE for free through full-tuition scholarships. This merit-based scholarship will completely waive all tuition fees for selected full-degree Master's programmes at HSE. 

Applicants should apply to the programmes they wish to enter starting from November 1, 2021. The deadline for submission of all supporting documents is August 15, 2022. Please, note that applicants should upload their portfolio to the personal online account before August 15, 2022.  If the application is considered to be outstanding by the admissions commission, the applicant will be recommended for a scholarship. Winners of various student competitions may also receive full-tuition scholarships.

Please note that scholarships cover only the cost of tuition and that all other costs (including accommodation at HSE dormitories) must be covered by the student. Information about the estimated cost of living can be found here

HSE also offers a wide range of tuition fee scholarships to international applicants who are not eligible for Russian government scholarships.

Full-tuition scholarships are available for the following Master's programmes:

Scholarships for Master's Programmes


HSE offers the following types of scholarship to non-Russian nationals applying to Master’s programmes* (this scholarship is calculated in relation to the programme’s tuition fee for each academic year):
Applicants eligible Criteria Size of scholarship
Based on the results of entrance examinations (portfolio competition) 
Final cumulative score for portfolio - 60 points or higher 50%
Final cumulative score for portfolio - between 50 and 59 points 25%
Graduates of the HSE Preparatory Year programme (tuition-based*) Upon the  submission of a document confirming successful completion of studies under a continuing educational programme (with  no  unsatisfactory  grades) 50%
Graduates of Preparatory Programmes of other Russian educational institutions  Upon the  submission of a document confirming successful completion of studies under a continuing educational programme 50%
Graduates of the Summer University programme Certificate of participation in the Summer University programme and an academic transcript confirming studies at HSE (at least two courses completed with no failed assignments) 25%
Graduates of HSE undergraduate/specialist programmes HSE diploma 25%
For early conclusion and payment of the contract** Conclusion and payment of the contract within 30 days from the date of positive decision published in the Foreign Applicant Personal Account, but no later than September 1, 2022 5%
Participation in "Open Doors" olympiad

First-place winners in a subject-specific olympiad

Please follow the instructions on the website of the olympiad to find out how to get a 100% scholarship (free education) at HSE University 

Other prize winners at a subject-specific olympiad 50%


*Scholarships do not apply to master's degree programmes that do not have budget places.

The size of the scholarship offered to international students shall be fixed and granted to foreign nationals for the entire duration of their studies. However, each year it will be necessary to confirm this with good academic performance.

This means that a recipient should meet the following requirements: 

  • not be subject to disciplinary action in the form of reprimand;
  • upon completion of each and any interim assessment (before retakes), he/she should have no more than two grades lower than 6 (on a 10-point grading scale);
  • not miss any assessments for no valid reason.

**Please note that a foreign national may be granted only one scholarship at a time. Should a foreign national be eligible for more than one scholarship from the table, he/she may select only one scholarship at his/her own discretion.


International Olympiads

HSE International Olympiad Competitions for University Students and Graduates

University students and recent graduates are invited to take part in HSE International Olympiad Competitions. Winners and runners-up may receive full-tuition scholarships or tuition fee waivers.

Open Doors: Russian Scholarship Project

The competition is organised by Global Universities Association. Participation is open to non-Russian citizens who wish to apply for Master's programmes. Winners and runners-up may receive full tuition scholarships.