Is this program right for you?
This 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.
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.
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
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.
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.