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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

Application deadline: August 15th 2021.
Application deadline: January 15th Courses will be taught online via ZOOM.
Application deadline: January 15th Courses will be taught online via ZOOM.

How to Apply


International Prep Year 

  • Working hours
    Mon.— Fri, 9:30 — 18:00
+7(495) 772 95 90*13114
Polina Shanko

Deputy Director

+7 (495) 772 95 90*11436
Irina Isaeva

Curriculum Coordinator

+7 (495) 772 95 90*12565
+7 (495) 772 95 90*28103,11769
Alina Kotova


+7 (495) 772 95 90*11769

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In his annual New Year's video address, HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov wished everyone a happy holiday. 'This year we learned to help each other,' the rector said. 'In the coming year, may we take more delight and make new friends.'
December 30, 2020
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November 24, 2020
HSE University offers a unique opportunity for international students to study for a week in an International Study Tour Experience. The application period is from October 22 to November 16, 2020
October 22, 2020
You Can Participate in the Pilot Launch Now
October 09, 2020
In terms of format, this new academic year has been an unusual one for many HSE students. In HSE University’s International Preparatory Programmes (IPP), 90% of students from various countries will start their classes online. We talked with the IPP teachers and students about the structure and content of their courses, and the difficulties students face in mastering the Russian language and immersing themselves in Russian culture.
September 30, 2020