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During Mobility

Studies at the GSB

Workload and Credits

An HSE GSB student's academic load is based on 'academic hours'.

1 academic hour = 40 minutes
1 ECTS credit = 38 academic hours = 25,3 astronomical hours
1 astronomical hour = 60 minutes

The total workload is made up of contact hours and independent student work.

Exchange students are recommended to take 15-30 ECTS per semester. The standard workload for an HSE student is 30 ECTS per semester.


Grading System

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Students are expected to attend lectures and seminars, take tests and complete tasks assigned by their instructors. The grade of a course is comprised of:

  • the form of assessment and requirements (as determined by the instructor in each course description; the instructor shall determine the grade structure and total points);
  • attendance;
  • work in seminars;
  • interim tests;
  • final exam.

Please keep in mind that HSE University's academic rules are the same for all students (Russian, foreign, exchange and non-exchange learners). To succeed in a particular course, we advise international students to attend all lectures and seminars, complete their home assignments and meet the deadlines for all essays, reports, etc.

Course Registration (“Shopping Period”)

Several weeks before the start a semester, exchange students are informed about the start of a course enrollment period. Enrollment for courses at HSE University is carried out through the Learning Management System (LMS).

Students use it to:

  • access course materials;
  • perform different types of academic activities (upload assignments, term papers, pass tests, etc.);
  • communicate with teachers, study offices and other students;
  • check their grades in the electronic grade book.

A "Shopping period" is the first three weeks of a semester, during which exchange students attend classes and decide whether they want to officially enroll for the selected courses. 

Your learning agreement will only be signed after the end of the shopping period!

Catalogue of English-taught courses

Russian as a Foreign Language

During their studies at HSE University, exchange students can take one course of Russian as a Foreign Language (6 ECTS) for free. Before classes begin, the students are required to take a placement test. Students shall be enrolled in courses based on their test results. The course is offered to students with different levels of Russian: Elementary (A1 – A2), Pre-intermediate (B1), Intermediate (B2), Upper-intermediate (C1), and Advanced (C2).

For advanced speakers of Russian, we also offer several special courses: Russian Literature, Russian Culture, Business Russian, Russian in the Media, Area Studies and Professional Writing in Russian.

The full course, which lasts one semester (two modules), is an intensive course with nine contact hours per week. Other options are also available. 

Getting Visa Extension

Since your initial visa is valid only for 90 days, you will need to apply for a visa extension. Your new multiple-entry visa:

  • replaces your single-entry visa;
  • allows you to re-enter the country multiple times;
  • is only issued for the duration of your studies at HSE University;
  • cannot be valid for longer than 1 year;
  • must be applied for 60 days prior to the expiration of your single-entry visa.

If you need to leave Russia before your single-entry visa expires, you can only return to Russia by obtaining a new invitation and applying for a new single-entry visa in your home country.

To apply for a multiple-entry visa you will need:

  • a certificate confirming your enrolment (prepared by the GSB International Office);
  • a copy of the order of enrolment (prepared by the GSB International Office);
  • an application form (request at Visa and Registration Center);

  • a form for the state duty payment (1600 rubles; request at Visa and Registration Center).

  • a copy of your passport (all pages except empty ones);
  • a copy of your visa;
  • a copy of your registration (both sides);
  • a copy of your migration card;
  • a color photograph (3.5 х 4.5 cm).

Submit all the documents to the Visa and Registration Centre. Your application will be reviewed within 21-45 days. When your multiple-entry visa is issued, you will be required to bring in your passport to the Visa and Registration Center.

Student Documents

You will need these documents while studying in Moscow:

  • Student ID. You will be given your ID by the GSB International Office upon arrival;
  • Pass card. The HSE University pass card allows entry into all HSE University buildings. Exchange students living in a dormitory will receive a pass card on their first day from the dormitory staff. Exchange students who do not live in a dormitory will need to apply for a pass card.  
  • Social (transport) card. A social card can be used as a transport card to take public transport in Moscow (metro, buses, trams) at a discounted price. It must be activated and then replenished every month, separately for the metro (at the metro cashier’s) and public ground transport (by using grey ticket kiosks).

    Check if your name (your full name in Cyrillic, written as in your visa) is on the social card database so that you could apply for the card. 

    To apply for a social card: 1. Choose the closest Multifunctional Centre. 2. Take your student ID, your passport and copy of the translation of your passport. 3. If you don’t speak Russian, ask your buddy to accompany you. 4. File an application for student social card at the Multifunctional Centre. 5. In due time receive the card at the centre where you submitted your application.

    1 month after submitting your application, you can check if your social card is ready (enter your application No. and your passport No.);

  • Library card. To register in the Library and receive a library card number, you must fill out the online form.

    The library card will be linked to your HSE App X, which will allow you to borrow books from all departments of the University Library.

    To obtain remote access to electronic resources of the Library, fill out the form.

  • Passport and other document translations. Translations of official documents may be required by local banks and Moscow Multifunctional Centres while applying for social cards. Contact our Expert Translation Centre to request a translation

Student Email

Exchangr students are provided with an HSE University email account. During your studies at HSE University, all communication will be held via your HSE email. 

You can access your email box with your initial login and password using the webpage. Your login: first letter of your Name + your Surname + @edu.hse.ru. Initial password: Edu + number of your student ID card. You may check the number of your students ID in your online HSE profile).

You should use this e-mail as your main contact for communicating with HSE University staff and professors. Please check it daily to avoid missing any information.

Traveling within Russia

You might want to travel within Russia while you have a break or a few free days. In such cases, please inform the GSB International Office about your plans to travel and do not forget that you should get registration at the place where you are going to stay. Do not forget to apply for a new registration as soon as you are back to your dormitory or place of stay. You can travel within the country with any type of Russian visa. 


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