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

Admissions applications closed for 2021-22
Admissions applications closed for 2021-22.
Admissions applications closed for 2021-22
Applications due: January 25th, 2022. Classes will be held via ZOOM/MSTeams
Applications due: January 25th, 2022. Classes will be held via ZOOM/MSTeams
Applications due: October 15-March15, 2022. Classes will be held via ZOOM/MS Teams

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*11769

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Vice Rector Ivan Prostakov explains key details
December 27, 2021
HSE University offers a wide range of online and in-person preparatory programmes for international students, including various Russian language courses for future Bachelor’s and Master’s students, intensive Maths training in Russian, and an English-taught course in Economics. Students come from all over the world, drawn to HSE by the strength of its international reputation and education quality. Several students of this year’s cohort have shared their impressions of the Prep Year programme.
December 16, 2021
A growing number of HSE University’s international students are actively learning Russian, even if their degree programme is taught entirely in English. To help them build fluency, the HSE University Preparatory Programme launched a Russian Speaking Club for its students in March 2021. Now, all HSE University's students, regardless of the programme they are in, can take part in the meetings.
December 02, 2021
Classes to be held on campus in Module 3
November 24, 2021
Van Ly Vu shares her story of becaming a student of HSE.
November 17, 2021
International students are welcome to submit their applications to HSE University via the convenient online application platform. Personal consultations with the Admissions Office are available to help applicants make the right choice and prepare all the necessary documents. There is a wide range of degree programmes to choose from, including English and Russian-taught programmes as well as online and in-person degree options offered by all four HSE University campuses.
November 08, 2021