National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)

Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, the Higher School of Economics is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in eastern Europe and Eurasia. Having rapidly grown into a well-renowned research university over two decades, HSE sets itself apart with its international presence and cooperation.

Top reasons to study here

  • Achieve success in science and education. HSE sets itself apart with its international presence and cooperation.
  • HSE is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
  • #1 in Russia in Economics & Econometrics, Sociology, Accounting & Finance, Business & Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by subject, 2017)



The Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, Russia, was established in 1992 on the initiative of renowned Russian economists (Evgeny Yasin, Yaroslav Kuzminov) and leading reformists from the Russian Government (Yegor Gaidar, Alexander Shokhin, and others) with the purpose to promote economic and social reforms in Russia.


HSE offers 72 undergraduate and more than 150 graduate programmes. There are a double-degree English-language undergraduate programme in Economics and a parallel-degree English-taught programme in International Relations and 28 English-taught Master's programmes in various areas of study. There are also numerous undergraduate and graduate programmes that offer courses in both Russian and English.


At HSE there are 221 academic divisions. Separate institutions – both disciplinary and interdisciplinary – have been established in order to achieve greater efficiency in meeting the target goals.


HSE Career Development Centre:

    Organizes career eventsAdvises students on career issuesOrganizes internships for studentsOffers employment opportunities to graduatesConducts research on the youth labour market

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University Ranking

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Student services

Orientation session usually takes place at the beginning of a semester. In order to adjust to student life, it is essential that you participate in the Orientation Session as it will provide you with information on studying at HSE, living in Moscow, as well as other useful tips to help you better enjoy your experience in Russia.

Housing services

All international students are entitled to a place at one of HSE dormitories. Currently the university has 9 halls of residence and can house up to 7736 students.

Library services

HSE has a large academic library containing material on subjects of instruction at the University. The collection comprises over 700,000 books and periodicals and offers a great variety of electronic resources, including e-books and journals, databases of peer-reviewed literature, patents, business data and other data collections.

Medical services

Regardless, all international students at HSE are required to have a medical insurance policy when arriving at HSE. You can purchase a medical insurance policy in your home country or in Russia, from the HSE partner company.While it is recommended that you should have taken care of your health insurance before coming to Russia.

Student Life

Sports facilities

HSE international students have free access to the university gym which is located at MIEM HSE campus on 3, Bolshoy Trekhsvyatitelskiy pereulok (metro “Kitay-gorod”, “Kurskaya”)There is a gym in the dormitory #4 on Studencheskaya St. which you can use for free at any time.Some dormitories also offer ping-pong tables, as well as courts and props to play football, volleyball, and badminton.

Sport and tourism are very popular with students and teachers at HSE. There are HSE championships in football, volleyball, basketball, competitions in extreme sport and tourist adventures.

HSE students compete against other Moscow student teams in football, volleyball, basketball and swimming.

Student clubs

The overall purpose of the HSE Student Council is to give students the opportunity not only to express their opinion publicly, but also to take part in discussions and decision-making when it comes to key issues concerning educational and extracurricular activities at HSE.

The Student Council is able to propose its own vision of student life to the University administration. Student Council members have an equal role and vote in HSE Academic Council meetings, representing the position of students on all issues discussed at meetings.

The Rector of HSE, Yaroslav Kuzminov, always seeks to ensure the University administration’s support for developing student self-government and the empowerment of the Student Council.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, among Russian higher institutions HSE occupies one of the leading positions and this is reasonable. It provides high-level academic education. However, my programme was more oriented at theory, with a shortage of practical experience provided, which is a drawback.

Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

it is not a good school for international students, no one cares about international students after they convince them to join their program.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

To begin with the quality of education: the professors have academic and industrial knowledge. Most of the classes are address by the professionals from the industry. I still have a year to finish here, but for the last one year, the education and industrial experiences have exceeded my expectations. The cost of living in the Moscow is low compared to the other European...

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