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HSE University

Location

HSE-Moscow, Moscow Russia

Ranking

# =410QS World University Rankings

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8Undergraduate programs

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41Postgraduate programs

Tuitionfee

5,270 USDTuition Fee/year

About HSE University

National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University) is a major research and academic institution, which regularly appears in high-profile global rankings such as QS, THE and ARWU. Our institution’s innovative approach and well-developed system of international cooperation have helped us to become the only Russian university to appear in the Top-100 of the best young universities, according to THE Young University Rankings, as well as the best university in Russia, according to Forbes Russia.

HSE University’s degree programmes are focused on providing practical skills that are essential for today’s world and the future. At present, 98 Bachelor's degree programmes and 182 Master's degree programmes are available for international applicants. Some of these programmes are delivered entirely in English.

The University provides comprehensive support to international applicants, offering a wide range of scholarships and grants. Any international enrollee may receive a state scholarship provided by the Government of the Russian Federation and study at HSE University free of charge. The University also provides grants covering up to 70% of tuition. 

HSE University is highly attractive for talent from all over the world. Over 5,000 international students are currently at the University. In 2022, more than 6,000 applicants from 145 countries applied for admission, while more than 9,600 international students have been admitted to HSE University over the past five years. 


Alexander Deev, Director for International Admissions 

‘What makes HSE University so attractive to international applicants? HSE University is the undisputed leader among young universities, combining its own unique approaches and innovations with the best traditions of higher education. An HSE University diploma is a ticket to a successful future, as well as a guarantee of quality for any employer. Our diplomas are recognized and valued all over the world.’

Students actively engage in research in a wide range of fields, both making scientific discoveries and taking part in academic conferences alongside leading experts. For example, HSE University runs 51 scientific laboratories, over 100 research and study groups, research institutes and centres in the humanities, social, natural, technical, medical and agricultural sciences. 

Each student can develop their own educational track. In addition to compulsory subjects, students can select additional track, i.e., a minor. A minor is a combination of four interrelated disciplines, pursued in addition to one’s major but not necessarily related to it. As a result, students further enhance skills, which are necessary for both work and life, allowing them to become versatile specialists. 


Nikita Anisimov, HSE University Rector:

‘We start providing support to applicants from other countries long before they become HSE University students. For instance, we have a special advisory centre for them. There, we respond to all enquiries about admission and studies at the University. We assist applicants at all stages, from the submission of initial applications, to the selection process, to the provision of documents for enrollment, and, finally, to their arrival in Russia. After an international applicant joins the HSE University family, the Centre for International Student Support takes over and helps them to resolve any issues that may arise, including both academic and everyday matters.’

After graduation, students may decide to stay in Russia and work within their chosen field, or continue their studies under a Master's or doctoral programme at HSE University. There’s also the option of going back to their hometown or country after graduation, and, for the University, this is no less valuable. 

From the very start of their studies, students learn how to solve real production and business tasks, and by the time of their graduation, they can quickly and smoothly adjust to today’s job market. Rankings also speak to the demand for HSE University’s alumni and the quality of education at HSE University. We rank among the Top-250 best universities in terms of demand for their alumni by employers in the QS Graduate Employability 2022 ranking, while placing second in Russia for graduate salaries, according to the Superjob ranking. For instance, 95% of alumni succeed in finding employment within six months after graduation with an average salary of RUB 125,000 (about USD 1,800).

About HSE University

National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University) is a major research and academic institution, which regularly appears in high-profile global rankings such as QS, THE and ARWU. Our institution’s innovative approach and well-developed system of international cooperation have helped us to become the only Russian university to appear in the Top-100 of the best young universities, according to THE Young University Rankings, as well as the best university in Russia, according to Forbes Russia.

HSE University’s degree programmes are focused on providing practical skills that are essential for today’s world and the future. At present, 98 Bachelor's degree programmes and 182 Master's degree programmes are available for international applicants. Some of these programmes are delivered entirely in English.

The University provides comprehensive support to international applicants, offering a wide range of scholarships and grants. Any international enrollee may receive a state scholarship provided by the Government of the Russian Federation and study at HSE University free of charge. The University also provides grants covering up to 70% of tuition. 

HSE University is highly attractive for talent from all over the world. Over 5,000 international students are currently at the University. In 2022, more than 6,000 applicants from 145 countries applied for admission, while more than 9,600 international students have been admitted to HSE University over the past five years. 


Alexander Deev, Director for International Admissions 

‘What makes HSE University so attractive to international applicants? HSE University is the undisputed leader among young universities, combining its own unique approaches and innovations with the best traditions of higher education. An HSE University diploma is a ticket to a successful future, as well as a guarantee of quality for any employer. Our diplomas are recognized and valued all over the world.’

Students actively engage in research in a wide range of fields, both making scientific discoveries and taking part in academic conferences alongside leading experts. For example, HSE University runs 51 scientific laboratories, over 100 research and study groups, research institutes and centres in the humanities, social, natural, technical, medical and agricultural sciences. 

Each student can develop their own educational track. In addition to compulsory subjects, students can select additional track, i.e., a minor. A minor is a combination of four interrelated disciplines, pursued in addition to one’s major but not necessarily related to it. As a result, students further enhance skills, which are necessary for both work and life, allowing them to become versatile specialists. 


Nikita Anisimov, HSE University Rector:

‘We start providing support to applicants from other countries long before they become HSE University students. For instance, we have a special advisory centre for them. There, we respond to all enquiries about admission and studies at the University. We assist applicants at all stages, from the submission of initial applications, to the selection process, to the provision of documents for enrollment, and, finally, to their arrival in Russia. After an international applicant joins the HSE University family, the Centre for International Student Support takes over and helps them to resolve any issues that may arise, including both academic and everyday matters.’

After graduation, students may decide to stay in Russia and work within their chosen field, or continue their studies under a Master's or doctoral programme at HSE University. There’s also the option of going back to their hometown or country after graduation, and, for the University, this is no less valuable. 

From the very start of their studies, students learn how to solve real production and business tasks, and by the time of their graduation, they can quickly and smoothly adjust to today’s job market. Rankings also speak to the demand for HSE University’s alumni and the quality of education at HSE University. We rank among the Top-250 best universities in terms of demand for their alumni by employers in the QS Graduate Employability 2022 ranking, while placing second in Russia for graduate salaries, according to the Superjob ranking. For instance, 95% of alumni succeed in finding employment within six months after graduation with an average salary of RUB 125,000 (about USD 1,800).

Available programs

HSE University offers more than 240 bachelor’s and master’s programmes, as well as more than 50 double degree programmes with global universities. HSE University has 765 partnerships and/or student exchange agreements with 421 international partners from 60+ countries. 

New online programmes are available on Coursera. One can study completely online and get a degree from HSE University.

HSE students can choose up to a third of their course. 20 percent of degree credits are earned through project work, enabling students to learn through ‘on-the-job’ experiences that prepare them for post-graduation employment. Learn about the admissions process here.

HSE University also offers short-term non-degree programmes, including a semester in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg or Nizhny Novgorod; the Summer University; as well as summer and winter schools in various fields.

Doing Business in Russia is an educational module that combines practical experiences through internships with theoretical knowledge in the classroom to give a wide-reaching introduction to Russia’s business culture.

Additionally, HSE also runs Russian language preparatory courses (basic, intensive and extended courses) for international students who plan to enter a Russian-taught full-degree program, as well as an English Preparatory Programme in Economics. Some of them are in an online mode.

The HSE International Admissions website is available both in English and in Russian, as well as in Chinese, Spanish and Arabic.

Studying at HSE 

HSE University offers more than 240 bachelor’s and master’s programmes, as well as more than 50 double degree programmes with global universities. HSE University has 765 partnerships and/or student exchange agreements with 421 international partners from 60+ countries. 

New online programmes are available on Coursera. One can study completely online and get a degree from HSE University.

HSE students can choose up to a third of their course. 20 percent of degree credits are earned through project work, enabling students to learn through ‘on-the-job’ experiences that prepare them for post-graduation employment. 

University information

Bachelor

5+
60+
4+
0+

Master

5+
60+
50,269
69%
31%
5,463
65%
35%
7,769
95%
5%

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

-
-

International Students

5,270 USD
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One of the important factors when considering a master's degree is the cost of study. Luckily, there are many options available to help students fund their master's programme. Download your copy of the Scholarship Guide to find out which scholarships from around the world could be available to you, and how to apply for them.

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Rankings & ratings

HSE University is one of the top public universities in Moscow, Russia. It is ranked #=410 in QS World University Rankings 2025.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #501- 550
  • 2014
    #501-550
  • 2015
    #501-550
  • 2016
    #501-550
  • 2017
    #411-420
  • 2018
    #=382
  • 2019
    #=343
  • 2020
    #322
  • 2021
    #298
  • 2022
    #=305
  • 2023
    #=308
  • 2024
    #399
  • 2025
    #=410

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FAQs

No. HSE does not charge an application fee. You can apply online and take entrance exams  online  (for Bachelor's degree) or submit your portfolio (for a Master's). The whole process from application to admission is entirely online and free of charge (Including receiving the acceptance letter and visa invitation letter). Should someone tell you that you have to pay a fee, contact us at  [email protected]

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

  • August 15 for undergraduate applicants;
  • August 10 for graduate applicants.

You have to sit for entrance exams (online through your personal account or according to the schedule) before August 20, 2021, or upload your portfolio to the personal online account before August 10, 2021.

You can apply to up to two  undergraduate  and  graduate programmes  in the same application in four HSE campuses.

HSE offers a variety of tuition fee scholarships to its international applicants for  undergraduate  and  graduate  programmes. 


Each year, HSE awards a number of full-tuition and partial scholarships**  to international students. The scholarships are merit-based and depend on  students’ entrance exam scores and portfolios. Once the application form  submitted online, every applicant is considered for a scholarship.  For more information on the process and requirements, visit HSE's  Scholarships  page.


It is possible to study online and get a partial scholarship too. All online programmes are full-time courses. After completing the programme, you will get a diploma from HSE University, the same diploma as for the HSE offline programmes.  The full list of programmes is here . HSE does not provide visa support and housing for students from online programmes, as the studying process is organized completely online.



**Please note that scholarships are not available for some programmes.

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


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