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Since 2015 HSE’s International Prep Year programmes train international students with little or no knowledge of Russian before they begin Russian-taught full-degree programmes. Upon completing the programme, 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.

We have a wonderful team of highly-qualified and dedicated teachers, who use the latest study materials, communicative approach and a great variety of interactive teaching methods.

HSE International Prep Year is your chance to:

  • study Russian language at many different levels (А0-С2);
  • acquire language skills for admission to HSE or another Russian university;
  • complete a general preparatory course in thematic disciplines: mathematics, physics, computer science, literature, history, social studies;
  • discover study opportunities at HSE and join the brightest student community;
  • meet Russian culture and traditions;
  • live in Moscow - a vibrant, modern city, rich in culture and full of history;
  • AND to have a discount for full-degree programmes.

Our Programmes

Free study under Russain Government Scholarships
Tuition-paid study. Admissions: May 15-August 15, 2024
Applications admissions closed
Applications: ongoing, exam dates: upon request

How to Apply



+7 (495) 772 95 90, ext. 12565, 11769


9:30 — 18:00, Monday-Friday


11 Pokrovskiy Bulvar, office D601


HSE Prep Year


In early March, the HSE building on Pokrovsky Bulvar hosted theRussian Culture Day Festival. The event was organised by the HSE Department of Internationalisation. International students participated in quizzes, lectures, and workshops. They also had the opportunity to taste a traditional Russian dish—blini with jam.
March 26
The World Youth Festival held in the Sirius Federal Territory closed on March 6. A substantial team from HSE University was actively involved in the event. Here are some of the key projects and discussions at the WYF involving participants from HSE University.
March 11
Kafayat Ali, from the city of Depalpur in Pakistan, is a graduate of Lahore Leads University and a current student of the HSE Preparatory Year programme. In September, he will begin his studies on the Master’s in Critical Media Studies at HSE University-Moscow. In this interview, Kafayat explains how he helps others discover HSE University, how the Prep Year programme prepares students for their time in Russia, and why studying a country’s social issues can help people all over the world.
March 07
The online Russian Speaking Club opened only a month ago, but has seen a rapid growth in the number of participants. Every week, the club holds free online meetings where participants and a Russian language tutor discuss various topics related to the Russian language and culture. Below, the club leaders share their impressions and plans, which include going offline.
February 28
On March 3, HSE University will host a University-wide Open Day for applicants to bachelor's and specialist programmes. It is a significant event for the university, its teachers and students, and, of course, applicants. Participants will have a chance to learn more about HSE University’s academic and extracurricular environment, talk to representatives of faculties and educational programmes, participate in activities, and learn about opportunities for self-development.
February 14
HSE Rector Nikita Anisimov has congratulated university students, teachers, and staff on the upcoming New Year. ‘May each and every one of you spend these festive days in a heartwarming atmosphere, rejuvenating and reuniting with your families. I hope that the upcoming 2024 is filled with positive events in your lives, studies, and careers,’ he said.
December 29, 2023