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.
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Applications due: December 20 th, 2023
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International Prep Year
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The International Preparatory Year programme held its graduation ceremony in July. This academic year, 125 students from 50 countries were enrolled in the programme. They will continue their studies at Russian universities, most of them pursuing bachelor's and master's programmes at HSE University. The graduation was organised as a quest, where the students were able to demonstrate their achievements in learning the Russian language. Graduates from Ecuador, Syria, and Mexico shared their impressions with the HSE News Service, Deputy Director Polina Shanko talked about plans for the coming year, and mathematics teacher Vladimir Gordin gave his advice to future students.
Six men’s teams and two women’s teams made up of international students from 30 countries took part in the first ever HSE Inter Football Cup. The event was organised by the Support and Career Centre for International Students and Alumni, the Department of Internationalisation, and the Department of Physical Training.