• Application Deadline
  • 24 months


The globalisation of the world has created a need for highly skilled professionals able to work in a global environment.

Academic content of the Business and Politics in Modern Asia programme at National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) is complemented by the research projects and language training opportunities. 

The programme provides students with a range of skills required to understand the processes that are taking place in contemporary Asia. 

The programme is distinguished by its inter-disciplinary approach, which enables students to supplement area studies with courses on international trade, investment and business, thus providing them with necessary tools to analyze economic, political and cultural issues relevant to Asian countries. 

A number of courses will focus specifically on relations between the Russian Federation and countries in the region. The programme's academic content is complemented by research projects and opportunities for language training.

For students without prior academic or professional exposure to Oriental Studies, the programme will provide extensive training in the field. Students who come with a background in Oriental Studies will be able to advance their knowledge further and become specialists in the economic and socio-political development of Asian countries.


Specialization in tracks on business or politics will allow graduates to enter political, industrial and business environments (e.q. Nissan, Gazporm, Toyota, UNESCO, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs) or continue an academic path with a well-grounded education based in both research and practical experience. Graduates of the programme could be accepted to doctoral programs in Russia and abroad at prestigious institutions. Among the career benefits of the programme are the following:

  • An interdisciplinary approach that combines methods from oriental studies, political science and economics, thereby providing students extensive knowledge of economic, political and cultural issues affecting Asia;
  • A variety of opportunities for students to engage in research work under the supervision of experienced mentors from Russia and abroad;
  • Profound English and Oriental language training;
  • The ability to compose and develop individual trajectories of study and research in a chosen region and field (politics or business / East Asia or Middle East);
  • A combination of theoretical courses and field work experience with real business enterprise coaching.

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • Countries of Asia: Key Problems of Research
  • Contemporary International Relations of Asian countries
  • Doing business in Asian Cultures: Introduction
  • Methodology of Modern Research of Asia
  • Leadership Challenges in International Business in Asia
  • Countries of Asia in the System of International Investment
  • Socio-political processes in the Middle East
  • Government and Politics of East Asian countries
  • Economics and Finance in Near And Middle
  • China's One Belt, One Road Policy

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • online application form
  • CV, Motivation Letter, 1 or 2 Reference letters
  • at least a Bachelor degree (any subject field) or an equivalent, duly legalized and notary translated into Russian language (university transcript may be submitted at the stage of application; university diploma is required at the stage of enrollment)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4256 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4256 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Tuition fee in the national currency is 280,000 RUB per year.

Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 34733 - 58700 RUB/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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