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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 Bachelor's programmes at HSE. However, the full-tuition scholarships are not available for double-degree programmes with the University of London and Kyung Hee University.

Applicants should apply to the programmes they wish to enter before August 14, 2020 (provided the scholarships are available for their chosen programmes). If the application is considered to be outstanding by the application committee, the applicant will be recommended for a scholarship.

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 partial scholarships to international applicants who are not eligible for Russian government scholarships.

Scholarships for Bachelor's Programmes

The information on scholarships for the academic year 2020-2021 will be available in November 2019!
HSE offers the following types of scholarships for non-Russian nationals applying to HSE Bachelor’s and Specialist programmes in the academic year 2019-2020:
Applicants eligible Criteria Size of scholarship

Based on the results of entrance examinations (provided that the student has successfully passed all examinations)

Use our online calculator to determine the size of the scholarship

Final cumulative score for both exams  - 170 points or higher 70%
Final cumulative score for both exams  - between 150 and 169 points 50%
Final cumulative score for both exams  - between 130 and 149 points (for "Mathematics", "Software Engineering", "Applied Mathematics and Informatics" - between 135 and 149 points) 25%
Graduates of the HSE Preparatory Year programme and other similar programmes offered by Russian educational institutions Upon submission of documents confirming successful completion of studies under a continuing educational programme (with no unsatisfactory grades) 25%
Early conclusion and payment of the tuition fee agreement* Upon conclusion of agreement and payment of respective tuition fees no later than June 1, 2018  5%
Graduates of HSE’s partner secondary schools  (under educational partnership agreements) Lists of school graduates recommended by a given partner school for admission to HSE degree programmes shall be certified by its director’s signature and seal of the partner school and thusly submitted to HSE no later than by July 30 of the ongoing year 25%
Participation in HSE Competitions

The Competition’s subject should correspond to the field of study of the target HSE programme
First place winners in a subject-specific Global Scholarship Competition 70%
Other prize winners at a subject-specific Global Scholarship Competition 50%
Participants in the second round of Vysshaya Proba competitions who were short of winning places by 1 to 10 points 50%
Participants in the second round of Vysshaya Proba competitions 25%

No scholarships are available for Bachelor’s and Specialist programmes that are offered on a fee-paying basis only (with no state-funded places), including double-degree programmes with the University of London and Kyung Hee University.

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 you will need to reconfirm your good academic performance.

Good academic performance implies that throughout your studies at your degree programme, you meet all the following criteria:

  1. you are not subject to disciplinary action in the form of reprimand;
  2. upon completion of each and any interim assessment (before retakes) you have:
  3. no more than two grades lower than 6 (on a 10-point scale);
  4. no grades below 4 on a 10-point scale;
  5. no missed assessments for no valid reason.

The criterion for successful study are applied to international students, starting from the 2nd year of studies and until the completion of the study programme.

* Please note that a foreign national may be granted only one scholarship at a time from those listed in the table. 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.

This provision doesn’t apply to scholarships granted for early conclusion and payment of tuition fee agreement, in this case, the scholarship is granted for one year only.

Regulations on tuition fee scholarships for international applicants