Eastern European University Association
Higher School of Economics (National Research University)
Year found: 1992
Legal form State
Country Russia
City Moscow

 Higher School of Economics

Year found: 1992
Legal form: State
Country: Russia
Awards:  Bachelor Degree
                      Specialist Degree
                      Master Degree
                      Doctoral Programmes
City: Moscow
Study language: Russian


The Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, Russia, was established in 1992 on the initiative of renowned Russian economists (Evgeny Yasin, Yaroslav Kuzminov) and leading reformists from the Russian Government (Yegor Gaidar, Alexander Shokhin, and others) with the purpose to promote economic and social reforms in Russia through education of a new generation of researchers and practitioners, production and dissemination of modern economic knowledge among Russian business and government, as well as giving rise to new ideas for economic and social reforms and formation of new corporate strategies. The HSE is a new-type university project, conceived by professional community with support of the Russian state and business.

In 1995 the HSE was awarded university status. In cooperation with leading European universities, such as Erasmus University Rotterdam, the University Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne, and the London School of Economics and Political Science, it established itself as a leading university in Russia in the field of economics, social and political sciences. The HSE is ranked among the top-three most popular and prestigious universities in Russia (MSU - MGIMO - HSE).

In 2003 the HSE became a member of the European University Association (EUA) and joined the Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) programme of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The university actively participates in the EUA and IMHE projects, aimed at enhancing the quality of university programmes, research and governance. In 2004 it carried out an Internationalization Quality Review and started working in the Quality Culture network on research management.

The HSE was among 17 Russian higher educational institutions selected by a tender for implementation of innovative development programmes in the frameworks of the national priority project "Education" in 2006. It has its firm position in the niche of elite education in Moscow and in the regions where its campuses are located (Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, and Saint Petersburg). Through its regional campuses the HSE is intrinsically connected with the economic and human resource development needs of Russian regions. The HSE is actively investing into the development of its branches to ensure retaining of their status as leading educational institutions in the regions.

Currently, the HSE is a multidiscipline centre of study and research, which has been developing mutually beneficial partner relations. The HSE enjoys effective partnership relations with prestigious foreign universities, international programmes and organisations, research consortia and scientific periodicals/editions, foreign companies and transnational corporations (over 130). Among them, there are 40 foreign partners from 13 countries of Europe, North America, and South and Southeast Asia, who have signed the Cooperation Agreements by 2007.

Among recent international networking initiatives, there are the HSE`s role as the Russian coordinator of the TEMPUS SCM project TUNING Educational Programmes in Russian HEIs (Tuning-Russia) and its partnership in the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window project targeted at implementation of mobility schemes in the academic year 2008-2009.

One of the characteristic features of our constantly growing university is the increasing number of faculties and schools, set up in response to the labour market demand for a particular field of expertise and a need for highly skilled professionals capable of meeting the challenge of knowledge society. By the 2007-2008 academic years the university consisted of eighteen faculties and schools. Teaching of economics is integral to the curricula of the HSE faculties, as well as a strong commitment to equip future professionals with general analytical competencies and an indepth knowledge of foreign languages. The quality of teaching, exposure to real life problems of Russian economy and understanding of international dimensions of business and politics ensure the HSE graduates` access to top commercial enterprises, government bodies and international organizations of the Russian and international labour markets.

The HSE is an absolute leader in the academic fields of economics, management, sociology, business informatics, public policy and political science among Russian universities. Faculties, newly established under the HSE name, have been highly competitive from the very start (for example the faculties of Public Administration, World Economy and International Affairs, Business Informatics, Philosophy, and Journalism).





Moscow is the capital, the most populous city, and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, religious, financial, educational, and transportation centre of Russia and the world, a global city. Moscow is the most populous city on the continent of Europe and the seventh largest city proper in the world, a megacity. The population of Moscow (as of 1 January 2010) is 10,562,099.

It is located by the Moskva River in the Central Federal District, in the European part of Russia. Moscow sits on the junction of three geological platforms. Historically, it was the capital of the former Soviet Union, Russian Empire (for three years in 1728–30), the Tsardom of Russia, and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. It is the site of the Moscow Kremlin, one of the World Heritage Sites in the city, which serves as the residence of the President of Russia. The Russian parliament (the State Duma and the Federation Council) and the Government of Russia also sit in Moscow.

Moscow is a major economic centre. It is home to many scientific and educational institutions, as well as numerous sport facilities. It possesses a complex transport system that includes four international airports, nine railroad terminals, and the world's second busiest (after Tokyo) metro system which is famous for its architecture and artwork. Its metro is the busiest single-operator subway in the world.

Moscow remains the educational center of Russia and many countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. There are 222 institutes of higher education, including 60 state universities & 90 colleges. Some of these offer a wide-spectrum of programs, but most are centered around a specific field. This is a hold-over from the days of the USSR, when Sovietwide there were only a handful of wide-spectrum "universities" and a large number of narrow-specialization "institutes" (mostly in Moscow & St.Petersburg). Moscow offers some of the best business/management, science, & arts schools in the world. Moscow is also a popular destination for foreign students.


Faculty of Economics

The Faculty offers an undergraduate programme in Economics with the following specializations:

• Banks and Banking
• Mathematical Methods of Economic Analysis
• Risk Management and Insurance
• Finance and the Stock Market
• Company Economics and Finances
• Applied Economics:
- Applied Socioeconomics and Marketing Research
- Public and Municipal Finance
- Institutional Economics
- History and Methods of Economic Science
- Economics of Labour

• Economic Modeling and Economics Policies:
- Microeconomics and Microeconomic Policies
- Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies

There are eight courses offered as master’s programmes in the Faculty:
1. Mathematical Methods of Economic Analysis
2. Economic Modeling and Economics Policies:
• Microeconomics and Markets Organization
• Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies

3. Applied Economics:
• Socioeconomic Analysis of Economic Systems
• Public and Municipal Finances
• Institutional Economics
• Economics of Labour
• Evolutionary Analysis in Economics of Innovation and Economic History

4. Financial Markets
5. Stock Market and Investments (programme for fee-paying students)
6. Strategic Management of Company Finances
7. Banks and Banking
8. Risk Management and Actuarial Methods

Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

The Faculty offers undergraduate programmes in the following areas:

• Economics, World Economy profile
• International Affairs

The Faculty offers the following master’s programmes:

World Economy, with specializations in:

• Regulation of foreign economics relations
• Foreign trade activity of companies
• International monetary relations
• Regulation of power resources in Russia and the world

International Affairs and European Studies, with specializations in:

• International Affairs
• European Studies

International Business: Political Aspects and Management – a joint master’s programme of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs and the Faculty of Management.

Faculty of Business Informatics

The Faculty prepares students through both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Undergraduate profiles:

• Enterprise Architecture
• E-Business
• Technological Entrepreneurship
• Content Management

Postgraduate programmes:

Masters’s programme in Business Informatics

There are three specializations within the programme:

• Informational Business Analytics
• Information Systems Life Cycle Management
• Enterprise Architecture

Masters’s programme in E-Business

Faculty of Public Administration

Currently the Faculty is delivering a specialist programme in ‘Public Administration` including the following specializations:

• Local administration
• Public service
• Urban complex administration
• Administration management

Since 2008, the Faculty has also admitted students to the undergraduate programme in ‘Public Administration`. In future, we plan to convert the whole system of education at the Faculty to the ‘baccalaureate-Master` system.

The Faculty delivers a Master`s programme in ‘Public Administration`, a key feature of this course is that acting public administration officials teach there.
A model of public administration managers training is realized at the faculty, with in-depth study of economic disciplines, as well as a well-balanced and practical set of managerial and legal subjects. Special attention is paid to studying mathematics and intensive foreign language training.

Faculty of History

During the first stage of existence of the Faculty (2010 - 2012) students will be admitted to the undergraduate course in History. The launch of postgraduate studies is planned in due course.

Faculty of Mathematics

The Faculty offers undergraduate and master’s programmes in Mathematics.
In 2010, a master’s programme in Mathematics and Algebra will be launched.
In 2009 the Faculty received the right to open a doctoral programme in ‘Mathematical Logic, Algebra and Number Theory’.

Faculty of Management

The Faculty offers both undergraduate and master`s programmes in Management.

Areas of education within the master`s programmes are:

• General and Strategic Management
• Human Resources Management
• Marketing
• Marketing Communications and Advertising in the Contemporary Business
• Project Management
• International Business: Political Aspects and Management

One key feature of the Faculty curriculum is that the education of students is interdisciplinary. On one hand, the curriculum involves the fundamental study of economics and finance, law, sociology and psychology as well as information technologies in business, and on the other hand, allows to students to master general management and special managerial disciplines and methods. Another unique feature of the Faculty is that the core of the faculty staff is made up of people known within the professional community as the ‘stars` of Russian business education.

Faculty of Psychology

The Faculty offers an undergraduate programme in Psychology, as well as the following Master`s programmes:

Research, Consulting and Psychotherapy of Personality
Psychology in Business

The structure of education at the Faculty allows students to obtain a broad context of philosophic and socio-economic knowledge by attending special interfaculty courses. Such symbiosis of knowledge opens unique opportunities for further professional development and careers for students of various faculties of the University.

Faculty of Law

The Faculty offers education with specialty in ‘Jurisprudence`. Starting from their 4th year, students can choose from the following specializations:

1. Financial Law
2. Civil Law
3. International and Entrepreneurial Law
4. Constitutional and Administrative Law
5. International and Public Law
6. Criminal Law
7. Judiciary Law

Faculty of Applied Political Science

Specialization in Advertising

In addition to advertising and public relations, students study such areas as event and brand management, New Media, BTL and merchandizing.

Undergraduate programme in Applied Political Science

Student can choose from the following specializations:

• Political consulting
• Theory and practice of social communication
• Political analysis and forecasting
• The Study of political processes in contemporary Russia

Faculty of Sociology

The Faculty offers undergraduate programme in Sociology with the following specializations:

• Applied Methods of Sociologic Research
• Economic Sociology
• Social Theory and Applied Social Science

There are four master’s programmes at the Faculty:

• Sociology of Public Sphere and Social Communications
• Complex Social Analysis
• Applied Methods of Social Analysis of Markets
• Demography

During the fourth year of study and in the master’s courses, students undertake work placements in leading Moscow analytical centres and marketing agencies, such as:

• Levada Centre
• Russian Public Opinion Research Centre
• GfK

Faculty of Philosophy

The undergraduate programme of the faculty offers four years of education with the following specializations:

• History of Philosophy
• Philosophy of Science
• Ontology and Cognitive Theory
• Logics
• Ethics
• Social Philosophy
• Political Philosophy
• Philosophic Anthropology
• Cultural Studies

The Faculty also offers a master’s programme in Philosophic Anthropology.


12 HSE dormitories are the houses for the students from all over Russia. Usually HSE international students live together with Russian students in the dorm on Studencheskaya street situated very close to the city center near the Moscow International Business Center and Kiyevskaya railway terminal. Every year the places in the dorms are defined by the HSE’s Social Dept considering their physical state andavailable space. As a rule, HSE dorms provide the following conditions:
• Sharing the room with 1 or 2 roommates;
• Dorms are open from 6am to 1 am, you can invite guests until 11pm;
• Convenient location close to metro station;
• Free access to the Internet (Wi-Fi or using the cord);
• Laundry facilities (Laundry rooms are open 24/7 for free with dryers);
• Bedding





When student arrive to airport he/she will be meted and transferred to university. At university student have orientation and welcome brief. After orientation student will be placed at university hostel.

During all time of studying at university foreign students are supported by qualified team of International Department. All their needs will be satisfied with pleasure. There is very helpful consultancy for students who have educational difficulties. University has own security system.

All university hostels are secured and have time restrictions for guest to ensure safety and good condition of living. The Russian people are well-wishing and peaceful. Cities are secured by powerful police system observation. You will find that we share dry, cynical humor about people and events. There is no racism at all. Strangers will be extremely friendly with you and be impressed that you made the effort to visit their country over their more visited neighbors. Foreign people came to Russia for education or business highly respected by Russian people. So, welcome, Russia is waiting for you!


International Team

There will be always someone you can turn to for help at HSE. Our International Team understands the challenges you face in adapting to a new culture and environment. The Center for International Education has a dedicated International Student Support team that is always here to make your study experience positive and valuable. They can provide you with:

• Pre-departure information;
• An international Orientation Program and support during Welcoming week;
• Ongoing social and personal support during your stay;
• Advice on changing and transferring courses, and other matters related to academic progress;
• Advice on visa renewal and assistance with dealing with government agencies;
• A dedicated HSE website to help you through the life cycle of studying at HSE and living here in Moscow.

The International team provides a range of services for international students who come to HSE for a semester, year, summer or short programs. One of its main functions is to assist inbound students with their transition to Russia and HSE. In order to adjust to life as a HSE student, it is essential that you participate in the Orientation Week Program. It will provide you with information on your study program, as well as other useful information to maximize your enjoyment and positive experience while studying at HSE. It is also a great opportunity for you to meet other international and student buddies. International students can contact the International Team at any time during their stay at HSE

Individual councelling

The International Team provides free, confidential counselling to International students and their families. This support service can assist you to work through personal or academic concerns which may arise during your time at the University.

The International Team has qualified counsellors who:

• Are experienced in dealing with particular cross-cultural issues
• Have a broad knowledge of the academic system and credit transfer matters
• Understand the social and emotional issues that you may experiecne

Some of the issues that International students or their families seek assistance with include:

• Culture shock
• Loneliness or difficulty making friends
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Concern about events in your home country
• Academic difficulties such as different expectations or learning styles to your home country
• Stress
• Alcohol or drug problems
• Relationship difficulties
• Eating and body image concerns

International team counsellors can:

• Provide confidential counselling to discuss the concerns or issues affecting you
• Liaise with academic and administrative staff
• Refer you to specialist services if necessary
• Refer you to other services or sources of information which may be useful to you


The Center for International Education manages a tutorship program for new International stu-dents. The purpose of the program is to:

• Connect new International exchange students with current students.
• Provide general advice, support, encouragement and social contact for new students, in order to assist in adjusting to studying and living in Moscow.
• Make a valuable contribution in supporting the transition of exchange students and to create a more supportive learning environment.

If you would like more information, please contact us

Student Buddy System

The success of studying in another country very much depends on how well you can adapt to and integrate into your new environment. To help you achieve this as quickly as possible, HSE has launched a buddy system.

A buddy is a senior student who will help you get through the phase of adaption once you arrive at HSE. From their own experience, they will help you find your way around the campus, the city of Moscow, and get used to life in Russia in general. Your buddy will take you for a tour of the city, help you buy some food in the Russian supermarket, accompany you to various events that take place in and around Moscow etc. During Orientation Week all new international students will be assigned a buddy.

Online tutorship for new international students

Would you like to find out about the University and from somebody who has already experienced it?

If so the University`s pre-arrival mentoring scheme for new international students could be for you.

By joining the scheme you will have the opportunity to talk to current international students about HSE, Moscow and Russia. You can find out what student life is really like in Russia, what experiences your mentor has had and what they enjoy doing here.

Please note that student buddies are not in a position to answer any questions on immigration or your application to the University or its Accommodation Services. These queries must be sent to the relevant University department.

How do I take part?

It`s easy to register your interest in the student-tutoring scheme. First, you will need to meet our student-buddies. You then need to tell us about yourself by submitting the form below.

Staff at the University from the Center for International Education will then match you with one of these student-buddies who we feel you will be able to build a mutually beneficial relationship with. Please note we may not always be able to match you with your first choice of student-buddy so please let us know who your second choice is.

We will email you to let you know who your student-turor is and their email address. You will then be able to chat to your student-buddy straight away!
If you have any questions or would like more information on the student-buddy scheme please email us.

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