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  • Locations: Moscow, Russia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Mark Hayes Advising Required: Yes
Language Pre-requisite: none Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class Level Required for Admission: Junior standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: English, Russian Language Courses Offered: Yes
Housing: Dormitory Internship: No
Program Type: Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?

Higher School of Economics LogoThis program is for students with  an interest in directly enrolling in a Russian university. Students are required to take at least one Russian language course and have the option of taking content courses in English or Russian along side Russian students. It is highly recommended that students take at least one semester of Russian before applying.

Students who are successful on this program will be looking for a challenge, be comfortable with a high level of ambiguity and understand the challenges of making new friends in a foreign environment.  


Higher School of Economics Students
Founded in 1992 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Higher School of Economics (HSE) has risen to become one of the top educational institutions in Russia. With over 16,000 undergraduate students in Moscow, HSE boasts very strong programs in economics, mathematics, political science, international relations and computer science. Like many universities located in urban environments abroad, its facilities and classroom buildings are spread throughout Moscow.


Students will have the opportunity to create their own curriculum from a wide array of courses in  international relations, history, politics, sociology, economics, finance, and Russian language. Students usually take from 4 to 8 content courses during the semester in addition to a Russian for foreigners course. If students have a very high level of Russian proficiency, they will be able to take some of their content courses in Russian. 

Keep in mind that courses are not guaranteed, and students should have a high level of flexibility in which courses they take at the HSE; course schedules will be finalized upon arrival in Moscow - not before.  Pay special attention to course modules. Module 1 and 2 are in the Fall semester, and Module 3 and 4 are in the Spring. If a course is listed as taking place in Module 1, 2, 3, and 4, it is only available to students studying for the full academic year.

The HSE uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). In order to convert ECTS credit to AU credits, you need to dive by 2 and round up. For example, a course listed as 5 credits at the HSE would equal 3 credits at AU.

Course Equivalency

View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.

Student Life

A View of Red Square
With a population of over 12,000,000, Moscow is a chaotic, fast-paced city. It serves as both the political and financial capital of the Russian Federation and is the ideal place for a student interested in Russian poltiics, culture and business to study. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, it has also grown into a much more multiethnic and multinational city with people from all over Russia, the former Soviet Republic, Europe and Asia moving in. As they say in Russia, all roads lead to Moscow.

Housing and Meals

Students will live in university dormitories that are located on the outskirts of Moscow. Accommodations are modest but comfortable. Students should expect anywhere from an hour to two hour commute to class depending on where they are housed.

Visa Information

Upon acceptance, the international coordinators at the Higher School of Economics will provide students with a visa letter. AU Abroad will distribute the letters to students. Students are responsible for contacting the Russian Embassy or Consulate to find out which additional documents are needed to obtain a student visa.  

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/14/2017
Varies by program 01/09/2018 06/30/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/01/2018 06/30/2019
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/01/2018 12/31/2018
Spring 2019 09/20/2018 ** Varies by program 01/09/2019 06/30/2019
NOTE: Please note that these dates are approximate. Final dates will be sent to students directly upon their acceptance into the program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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