HSE University Moscow


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Study at one of the best universities in Russia. HSE University specializes in economics, social sciences, mathematics, and media communications.
Location: Moscow, Russia
Language of Instruction: EnglishRussian
Term: FallSpring
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year

  • Study a variety of subjects in Russia's political and economic capital.
  • Live in university housing conveniently located in the heart of Moscow.
  • No Russian language experience necessary.
  • One of KU's most affordable semester exchange programs!

Moscow, the capital city of Russia, is well known for its artistry, history, and cosmopolitan atmosphere. This majestic city along the Moskva River features iconic architecture such as the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, notable art museums like the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, and famous cultural venues including the Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow also boasts ample green space, plus endless cafes, museums, and many interesting neighborhoods waiting to be explored. With a population of over 12 million in the metropolitan area, Moscow is Russia’s largest city and its political, financial, scientific, and cultural center.

National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) was established in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Consistently ranked as one of Russia's top universities, it has quickly become a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent social science and humanities universities in all of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Despite its name, HSE offers a wide variety of academic subjects not only in economics, but also in social sciences, humanities, mathematics, and computer science.

HSE is comprised of four campuses in four different cities. The flagship Moscow campus is HSE's largest and enrolls approximately 18,000 students from more than 50 countries. HSE offers English-taught undergraduate, graduate, semester and summer programs. The institution also offers a wide range of services to students including recreation facilities, counseling and health services, and dozens of student activities and organizations. KU students participate in HSE's Semester in Moscow program, specially designed for short-term visiting international students.

HSE is a comprehensive university offering courses in many subject areas. KU students enroll directly in HSE courses and may take any course for which they are qualified. Disciplines with offerings in English include: Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics, History, International Relations, Journalism, Management, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Russian Studies, and Sociology. Students with advanced Russian language skills may also enroll in Russian-taught courses with local students. Students can choose English or Russian-taught courses in the following faculties:

  • Faculty of Business and Management
  • Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design
  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Economic Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Physics
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

For a full list of available courses in both English and Russian and additional course information, see Advance Course Selection.

Course Information

Students typically earn 12 to 18 KU credit hours during one semester abroad. You are encouraged to use the following resources to research available courses and to determine if these courses will meet your academic requirements at KU:

HSE Course Catalog:

See the HSE Course Catalog to search among all course options available in all departments at HSE. Instructions for using the HSE Course Catalog can be accessed on the Preliminary Course Selection

KU Course Equivalency Database:

The KU Course Equivalency Database is a list of courses currently pre-approved for KU credit (approved equivalency) and courses that students have had approved for KU credit in the past (possible equivalencies). Use 'HSE Moscow' in the search field.

Russian Language Courses:

The HSE Russian Language Centre offers Russian Language Courses during the semester. Courses are offered at all levels, from beginning to advanced, and credit is awarded for Russian language study. In addition to language courses, intermediate and advanced students can take electives such as Russian literature, film, or history. Refer to the Language Centre website for a list of current offerings.

Credit Approval Process

Visit the Credit Approval Process page for detailed information on the procedure for obtaining KU course equivalency approval for courses you plan to take abroad. All courses taken and grades earned while abroad must be posted as KU equivalents on a student’s KU transcript and grades will figure into a student’s KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit, and their application toward graduation.

HSE has centrally located dormitories specifically reserved for international students. Rooms are double occupancy with a shared bathroom and kitchen on each floor. Each dorm building is equipped with amenities such as laundry facilities, gyms, free WiFi, and cafes. HSE dorms are traditional and basic, but the inexpensive cost and convenient location are unbeatable.

Students can cook their own meals in shared kitchen facilities or purchase inexpensive meals in dormitory cafes. Additionally, cafeterias are located in almost every campus building. A full meal at a campus cafeteria costs less than $3.00.

The Moscow campus is located throughout the city with all dorms being a short metro ride away from the central campus. Studying at HSE offers students the opportunity to explore Moscow’s unique neighborhoods, museums and historic sites.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Considerations for Russia

Russia’s anti-discrimination laws do not protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is widespread.

Students with mobility considerations may find it difficult to get around Russia, particularly outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Public transportation in Russia is generally not accommodating to people with disabilities.

Police can stop, question, or detain individuals without probable cause.

Additional Resources

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

Open to KU students with sophomore status and above who have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. No Russian language experience required, although one previous semester of Russian language study is encouraged.