Higher School of Economics
Consistently ranked as one of Russia’s top universities, the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in eastern Europe and Eurasia. Despite its name, HSE offers a wide range of academic subjects – instruction not only in economics and other social sciences, but also in the humanities, engineering and computer science. HSE is located in Moscow, the capital of Russia, and the campus offers students the opportunity to explore its unique neighborhoods, museums, and many historic sites.
Higher School of Economics is a Bilateral Exchange Program - Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad.
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
- Students should not study abroad the last semester of senior year if they plan to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.
- Transfer between 12-16 credits per semester
- Letter grade received must be equivalent to a "C" or above
- Courses are transfer credit; will not factor into the GPA of the participant.
- Passing Grade for HSE: 3
Choosing Courses Abroad
This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that 1) you will have to be enrolled full-time while abroad, and 2) similarly to Mason, course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
HSE uses the ECTS credit system differently than most universities. Therefore, students should look at the contact hours listed for each course. On average, 15 contact hours = 1 Mason credit.
Exchange students are usually placed in dorms 1, 4, or 5 which are all centrally located. Rooms are double occupancy with a common bathroom/shower on each floor. Each room is provided with clean bed linen and towels once a week; there is also free LAN Internet. Housing at HSE is not the most modern, but it only costs about $120 per month, and you cannot beat the location.
There are no meal plans offered at HSE; however, there is a cafe at the bottom of each dormitory, as well as cafes in student buildings with excellent prices.
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. HSE sends visa instructions and takes care of some of the visa process for you; it is important to follow all the steps in these instructions to successfully obtain a student visa. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the HSE's Visa and Registration page for more information on obtaining a student visa through HSE or the Embassy of Russia's website for further information.
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