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.
Admissions 2023-24 are open. Applications due: August, 15, 2023.
Applications admissions for 2022-23 academic year closed
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Applications: ongoing, exam date: February 2023
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International Prep Year
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Mon.— Fri, 9:30 — 18:00
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