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‘You Meet Incredible People Who Are Always Ready to Help’

Daniel Suarez and Ksenia Delgado
The summer break is an opportunity for hard-working HSE University students to relax, recuperate, explore the city and travel. Two such students, Daniel Suarez from Colombia and Oluwafunto Abimbola from Nigeria, share their experiences of the positives (and pitfalls) of summer in the city and life at HSE dormitories.

‘Exploring Moscow in Summer is an Adventure Like No Other’

‘Exploring Moscow in Summer is an Adventure Like No Other’
Ayomide Adedini, from Nigeria, is a second-year student of the Master's in Political Analysis and Public Policy.He is also the current Chair of the Council of the International Student Association (CISA) and Vice Chair of Dormitory 7. In his interview, Ayomide talks about broadening his horizons in HSE University’s student dorms and making the most of summer in Moscow.

‘Football Brings People Together’: HSE University Holds Mini-Football Tournament for International Students

‘Football Brings People Together’: HSE University Holds Mini-Football Tournament for International Students
Six men’s teams and two women’s teams made up of international students from 30 countries took part in the first ever HSE Inter Football Cup. The event was organised by the Support and Career Centre for International Students and Alumni, the Department of Internationalisation, and the Department of Physical Training.

How to Overcome the Language Barrier

How to Overcome the Language Barrier
The term 'language barrier' refers to any difficulties that arise when speaking a non-native language. Almost every person studying a foreign language has experienced this unpleasant phenomenon. The reasons for this problem include a fear of the unknown, a fear of mistakes, embarrassment because of one's accent, a fear of being misunderstood and much more. All of these problems are a psychological component of the language barrier. In this article, foreign students from different countries share their experiences and help foreign applicants overcome their fears.

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Year at HSE University-St Petersburg

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Year at HSE University-St Petersburg
If you are an international student, there is a good chance that there are some things you do not know about the university you applied to. It can be hard to adapt to a new place, new people, and—most importantly—a new educational system. That is why we asked Yesuigen Tsogjavkhlan, 2nd-year student of the Bachelor’s programme ‘Public Policy and Analytics’, to share five things she wishes she had known before coming to HSE University-St Petersburg.

Sun from Inside St Petersburg: Artistic Opportunities for Nigerian Artists

Sun from Inside St Petersburg: Artistic Opportunities for Nigerian Artists
The diverse HSE University community includes people from different countries and continents who can share their cultural experiences and generate novel ideas with their never-ending creativity and love for art. The Master's programme 'Arts and Culture Management' welcomed several students from Nigeria last year. Today, they are happy to share their sources of inspiration and their expectations of the programme and their future life.

'I Came to Make a Difference'

'I Came to Make a Difference'
Yesuigen Tsogjavkhlan, from Mongolia, reflects on her experience as an international student majoring in ‘Public Policy and Analytics’ at HSE University-St Petersburg and shares her story of coming to Russia.

K-pop, Chinese Calligraphy, Indian Cuisine and Azerbaijani Songs: All of Asia Visits HSE University

K-pop, Chinese Calligraphy, Indian Cuisine and Azerbaijani Songs: All of Asia Visits HSE University
In February 2023, the HSE University Cultural Centre hosted the festival ‘Colour of Asia: From Riyadh to Tokyo’ coordinated by the university’s Korean Club. A total of 24 student organisations took part in arranging the festival, including national, environmental, and charity clubs.

‘I Learned How to Cheer Myself up, Find Motivation, and Work Hard’

‘I Learned How to Cheer Myself up, Find Motivation, and Work Hard’
How to cope with the new culture? What activities and events does HSE University offer its international students? How to deal with rules and paperwork? Students from different countries and educational programmes at HSE University-St Petersburg shared their memories about life at the university in 2022.

‘I Made a Lot of Friends and My Speaking Level Improved’

‘I Made a Lot of Friends and My Speaking Level Improved’
On December 23, students of the HSE Preparatory Year got together for a festive Russian speaking club. They expanded their vocabulary and cultural outlook by immersing themselves in Russian winter holiday traditions and even played the role of Ded Moroz—the Russian Santa.