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Request a buddy

Buddies are current HSE University students who volunteer to help incoming international students to settle into life in Moscow and feel more confident in a new cultural and social environment. You meet you buddy upon your arrival or can request their help any time throughout your stay.

What buddies do:

  • Meet you at the Aeroexpress station (not at the airport!);
  • Accompany you to your dormitory and help you with the check-in process;
  • Provide you with general hands-on experience (campus buildings, useful apps, emergency phone numbers, etc);
  • Help you deal with local documents and forms in Russian;
  • Recommend you events and places in the city;
  • Re-direct you to a person in charge in case your question requires HSE University administration's involvement.


 What buddies do not do:
  • Meet you during night hours (from 9 PM till 8 AM);
  • Become your full-time personal assistant (respect their personal time and space!)
  • Offer any financial or other material help.

You can request buddy support using online system.



Student International Mobility Office (SIMO)

We are part of Department of Internationalisation

  • Visiting hours
    Mon.— Wed., 10:00 — 13:00
    Thu. — Fr., 14:00 — 17:00
Sofia Esipova

Incoming mobility coordinator

phone: +7 (495) 772-95-90*27669
Tatiana Gremiakina

Incoming mobility coordinator

phone: +7 (495) 772-95-90*27806
Valeriya Sokolova

Deputy Director of SIMO/Coordinator of 'Semester in Moscow' program

phone: +7 (495) 772-95-90*27668
Sofia Sadykova

Director of SIMO

phone:+7(495) 772-9590*27672