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Faculty of Pre-University Training

  • Preparatory Year



30 June 2017

‘Learn Russian – It’s Worth It’

Marek Soukup from Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic, is currently studying at HSE St Petersburg as an exchange student on the Applied Economics and Mathematical Methods MA programme.  His decision to come to Russia stemmed from his desire to perfect his knowledge of the Russian language, which he started learning four years ago.

23 June 2017

Demand for Russian Language Classes Grows

Fifteen American students have come to HSE to study Russian as a foreign language as part of ‘USA in Russia’ study abroad programme developed by the University of South Alabama in partnership with HSE since 2014. Every other year, Nicholas Gossett, Assistant Professor of Russian and Applied Linguistics, brings a group of students to Moscow to study the Russian language as well as attend lectures and seminars on Russian culture, history, business, and other subjects. The goal is for students to not only improve their knowledge of the Russian language but to also make life-long connections in Russia which will help them in the academic, professional, and personal life.

21 April 2017

International Students to Receive Tuition Fee Discounts at HSE

International students enrolled in fee-paying places of HSE Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes in 2017 are eligible for tuition fee discounts. Moreover, discounts will be offered to participants of HSE student competitions and graduates of HSE Pre-University programmes, as well as those potential students who have graduated from the University’s partner schools.

HSE’s Preparatory Year trains international students with little or no knowledge of Russian before they begin Russian-taught full-degree programmes. Over 10 months of intensive study, students improve their basic language skills (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), study in a chosen academic field (humanities, economics, or engineering), and adapt to the new educational environment. Upon completing Preparatory Year, students are expected to possess intermediate-level language skills (CEFR level B1, TRKI level 1) and be ready to enter the Russian-taught full-degree programs at HSE and other Russian universities.

How to apply:

Fee-paying course:

Application deadline: August 15, 2017

Classes start: October 2nd, 2017

Tuition fee: 135 000 rubles 

The Faculty of Pre-University Training also provides a 6-month-long Russian language training programme for students at the elementary and pre-intermediate levels. The programme, which is designed to help students reach the CEFR/B1 level of language proficiency, begins  January 15 and ends June 30. Students will receive 504 classroom hours of instruction and experience life in the centre of Moscow, Russia’s dynamic capital. Programme outline

Application deadline: November 1st, 2017

Classes start: January 15th, 2018

Tuition fee: 67,500 rubles

Apply online for Preparatory Year

Tuition fees do not include accomodation costs and/or medical insurance. Students will be required to buy course materails. All international students are provided with a dormitory and can live at HSE dormitories for a very affordable rate (approximately 1100 rubles) per month. Please write to inter@hse.ru for more information.

Government Scholarships

Full-tuition scholarships are available for interested international students who intend to enter a Russian-taught full-degree programme. Students can apply for full-tuition scholarships only through their local Rossotrudnichestvo branch. Please write to inter@hse.ru for more information.