Internationalization Program

2015 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Campus

Nomination submitted by: Sergei Erofeev, Vice Rector for Internationalization

Program Overview:

Russia’s Higher School of Economics (HSE) leads a multi-faceted Internationalization Program that brings international students and faculty to campus, provides comprehensive international service centers, and supports international research laboratories and partnerships, dual-degree programs, and international research collaboration.

HSE’s Center for Academic Integration has an Academic Unit to help international students with course selection, internship opportunities, and other academic-related questions. There is also an International Student Support Unit to help with visas, accommodation, and health insurance, and provide cultural and social activities. The university offers English-language programs at different levels (Master’s, Bachelor’s, and non-degree) and Russian-language training programs where students can strengthen their language skills before studying in Russian. HSE has increased its English full-degree offerings from 2 to 13 in recent years to attract students from all backgrounds.

In 2014, HSE founded an International Student Recruitment Center to increase the number of international students from diverse geographic regions. As a commitment partner of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative, HSE has pledged to quadruple the number of visiting students from the U.S. to reach 100 by 2018.

Outside of HSE’s full-degree programs, international students can earn transferable credits through HSE’s Summer University and Semester in Moscow programs. International students who want to enroll in Russian-taught programs but do not yet have the necessary language skills can acquire them through HSE’s Foundation Year, a program designed for foreign students interested in learning Russian.

HSE’s Internationalization Program sets a successful example for higher education institutions in Russia – and any other country without a history of international activity at the university-level. Drawing from successful models at European and American universities, HSE brings new ideas to higher education in Russia, and demonstrates specific, replicable actions to attract and support foreign students.

Learn more about the nomination and program objectives