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The first two years in this National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Kyung Hee University Double Degree Programme at National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE), as well as the fourth year, are held in HSE University in Moscow, while in the third year, students have an opportunity to study in South Korea, China or Japan.

Students select their study track in the first year. The programme's major courses focus on the economics, politics, foreign policy, society and culture of China, Japan or South Korea, as well as Asian languages. 

The first semester of the third year is aimed at consolidating and expanding language skills while studying at Kyung Hee University (for Korean studies) or at one of Kyung Hee University’s partner universities in China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia or Vietnam. Then, during the second semester of the third year, students get to study the practical aspects of additional specializations in addition to their core track.

Graduates receive:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Area Studies from HSE University;
  • A Bachelor of International Studies (Chinese/Korean/Japanese/Southeast Asian Studies) from Kyung Hee University;
  • An additional specialization certificate in Global Business or International Relations.

Careers and Graduate Destinations

B.A. holders in International Studies can pursue a vast array of job opportunities. They may follow careers in business, including positions at domestic and global enterprises. They can also start careers in the public sector in governmental, semi-governmental, nongovernmental, and international organizations. Some may find work in the mass media, both domestic and international, upon graduation.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Course included:

  • Introduction to Economics 
  • Mathematics for Economics and Business
  • Academic writing
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Introduction to Political Science

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • The HSE-KHU Double Degree BA Programme ‘Economics and Politics in Asia’ is provided in English. Therefore, a high level of English proficiency is required

Living costs for Moscow

  • 41640 - 81440 RUB/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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