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For Future Incoming Students

Spend a semester or year studying in Moscow at the Graduate School of Business of HSE University. Please check the essential information for international exchange students.

GSB Factsheet 2023-24

Presentation HSE GSB 

Why Choose GSB?

Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, HSE University is a leader in Russian education and one of the leading economics and social sciences universities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Having rapidly grown into a well-renowned research university, HSE University sets itself apart thanks to its global presence and cooperation.

Graduate School of Business focuses on training and developing globally competitive and socially responsible business leaders for Russia’s emerging digital economy. It currently has 4,000+ students in its Bachelor and Master programmes, including 400 international students.

Check out the videos to see what our students say about their experience with us.

Top-5 reasons to spend your exchange with us:

1. Worldwide reputation and rankings:

  • 1-st place among all Russian universities in the QS World University Ranking by Subject “Business & Management Studies" and the 127th place in the global ranking.
  • 1-st place among all Russian universities by Subject "Economics and Business" in the U.S.News & World Report Best Global Universities by Subject ranking and the 188th place in the global standings.
  • 1-2 places among Russian universities by Subject “Business Administration” in the Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, in the global - 301-400 place.
  • 2 place among Russian universities by Subject “Business & Economics” in the ranking of THE World University Rankings by Subject, in the world - 126-150 place.
  • 3 level among 45 business schools from 21 countries of the world according to the Positive Impact Rating Edition 2022.

2. Quality education and research:

  • Advanced management theories and practice, with a focus on digital and social skills, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, project-based approaches and systemic internationalization;
  • Contemporary learning methods, e.g., remote and digital formats, simulations and gamifications;
  • Top Russian and international professors – internationally recognized researchers in management.
3. A social life not to miss:
  • Centrally located campus, lots of student communities and interest groups;
  • Moscow’s vibrant cultural life has plenty to offer for everyone.
4. Diversity:
  • Our students come from more than 30 countries;
  • A bilingual educational environment;
  • We have visiting professors from world's leading business schools.

5. Cooperation with corporate partners:

  • We have 15 chairs, created by leading Russian and global companies
  • Our corporate partners offer opportunities for internships, project work and specialized courses;
  • You can network with companies’ representatives when they come to school to deliver guest lectures and workshops.

Russia and Moscow

Russia is a transcontinental country located in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. Russia's capital and largest city is Moscow. “During any season, at any hour of the day, Moscow thrills visitors with its artistry, history and majesty,” raves Lonely Planet. The same qualities that make Russia’s iconic capital city such an amazing place to visit also make it an extraordinary destination for international study. Read further for a roundup of six reasons to take part in an exchange in Moscow.

Moscow’s strength in business studies garners special attention. Not only has the city been pegged as an up-and-coming global business education hub, but also its climate is ripe for startup success. The city offers an inside edge for entrepreneurial endeavors, including its bustling location, extensive transportation system, tax and legal incentives, and local resources.

Furthermore, its rich history and forward-facing attitude have made Moscow an intriguing study in contrasts, whereby it is once remarkably cosmopolitan yet steeped in an old-world charm. The country’s history is inextricably interwoven into everything. Amazing architecture, diverse museums and galleries, a strong theatrical tradition, extraordinary cuisine and vibrant nightlife are just a few of the exciting old and new things you’ll find in Moscow.

International studies are not undertaken in a vacuum. Rather, they take place against the backdrop of their host universities, cities and countries. When it comes to opportunities for discovering new things to see and do, there is no better place than Moscow.

From multiple locations for taking in the city’s breathtaking views to its historic center and magnificent promenade, there is an abundance of things to take in. Venture outside the city limits and you will find everything. When it comes to accessing all of Moscow’s offerings, an efficient and expansive metro system makes it much easier to get around.

Moreover, Moscow offers a wide variety of culinary options to cater to all tastes and most special diets. The city has become much more affordable in recent years, as compared to major international study destinations like New York, Sydney, London or Paris.

While learning or mastering Russian is a compelling reason to study abroad, students looking for English-taught programmes can still take advantage of everything Moscow has to offer thanks to the English-taught courses at the Graduate School of Business.

Inclusive Student Exchange

At GSB we offer a wide range of opportunities for student exchange for people with disabilities. HSE University can provide all the necessary special conditions for conducting classes for students, taking into account their individual psychophysical development and individual capabilities.

Students may receive the assistance of consultants who can assist in resolving current educational and organizational issues.

We aim to develop educational processes, taking into account the special needs of our students, while expanding the range of their capabilities.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester*:

Module 1: September 1 – October 20; exams: October 21 – 27
Module 2: October 28 – December 22; exams: December 23 – 31

Spring semester*:

Module 3: January 9 – March 24; exams: March 25 – March 31
Module 4: April 01 – June 16; exams: June 17 – 30

Summer break:

July 1 – August 31

*Dates are subject to minor changes.


Daily classes are held in double periods of two academic hours: 1 double period = 1 hour 20 minutes

Class / Time

1: 9:00 – 10:20
2: 10:30 – 11:50
3: 12:10 – 13:30
4: 13:40 – 15:00
5: 15:10 – 16:30
6: 16:40 – 18:00
7: 18:10 – 19:30
8: 19:40 – 21:00

Course Catalogue

While preparing for studies at HSE University, international students can put together a preliminary curriculum by selecting a variety of English- and/or Russian-taught courses.

HSE University Courses in English 

HSE University Courses in Russian

GSB Course Catalogue (2022-23) (subject to changes)

Exchange students are not assigned to any particular study programme and are free to take courses from any faculty, however, we strongly recommend you to focus on GSB courses to make your studies more convenient.

Things to keep in mind when selecting courses:

  • some classes have a limited number of participants and are filled on a “first come, first served” basis;
  • the courses you select should be approved by your home university;
  • some courses may have prerequisites (in this case a Transcript of Records/a Letter of Recommendation/an entrance test may be required);
  • sometimes courses may be cancelled/postponed or their scheduled time may change due to various reasons beyond our control;
  • HSE University has a distributed campus. You have to make sure the courses you select do not overlap and you have time to travel between different buildings. We recommend you to take majority of your classes within GSB. Besides making your logistics easier, it will allow you to quickly socialize and make friends with your classmates.

If in doubt or missing the important information, write to us and we will help you to make the right choice.

Application Guidelines

1. Check out the information about opportunities for spending a semester in Moscow (usually it’s available in your international office). If in doubt or have questions or concerns, contact our team or request a video meeting.

2. Contact the study abroad office at your home university and submit the documents, required by your university. Make sure you respect the deadlines. To be enrolled to HSE University as an exchange student, you must be nominated by your home university coordinator:

for Fall semester - by April 15
for Spring semester - by September 30

3. Apply for a mobility grant/scholarship that might be available at your home university.

4. Once nominated by your home university, you will receive a welcome email from us with an invitation to fill out a student account and attach scans of the required documents:

  • a scan of your passport (NB! Your passport should be valid for at least 18 months from the expected start date of your entry to Russia – please check it and apply for a new passport right away if it doesn't fit this requirement);
  • a transcript of your academic records in English;
  • a photograph (in color with a white or off-white background without any patterns).

We handle all applications online – you will receive all details in the welcome email. 

5. Once you are done with your student account, we will process your documents and issue your student visa support papers.

6. Visit our Starting Mobility page to get more information on what you could do prior to coming to Russia and services available to our incoming exchange students.

Have Questions? Request a Meeting

If you have questions you can always request a video call with a GSB mobility coordinator.


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