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Prospective International Students

Why NES? 

The New Economic School (NES) was founded in 1992 with the mission of developing modern economics education and research in Russia. NES was the first educational institution in Russia to attract faculty with PhDs from internationally renowned universities, including Harvard, Oxford, MIT, Princeton, the London School of Business, and Columbia. NES has consistently received the highest ranking among the top economics research departments in Russia and Eastern Europe. Over its 20 years of existence, NES has placed more than 200 of its MA Economics graduates in PhD programs abroad, including more than 50 to top-5 PhD programs in Economics. Now NES graduates are among faculty of the top economics departments worldwide, including MIT, Princeton, Yale, Berkeley, and the London School of Economics. NES offers 2-year master’s programs in economics and finance and, starting from 2011, an undergraduate program in economics in partnership with another prominent Russian institution – the Higher School of Economics (HSE). The Joint HSE-NES Undergraduate Program is the first undergraduate program in Russia to combine liberal arts and science curricula. The goal of such a balanced curriculum is to provide a broad liberal arts education, while giving a strong structured core in economics and mathematics. 

Please explore the topics below if you are interested in studying at the New Economic School:

Academic Program


  •          Liberal arts approach to curriculum development
  •          Economics curriculum covering all traditional areas, as well as courses in social sciences and humanities
  •          Courses in Russian and East European studies, including economics of transition, economic and cultural history of
             Eastern Europe, studies of post-Soviet regimes, and Russian history and literature
  •          Courses in English (MAE), in English and Russian, courses in Russian as a second language 


  •          Faculty who have earned PhDs and/or worked at the world’s leading universities
  •          Faculty with publications in top economic journals, including QJE, AERREStud, and Econometrica
  •          Professors with publications in top political science journals, such as APSR and AJPS
  •          Visiting professors from universities such as MIT, Penn State, University of Michigan, LBS and other universities


Requirements for Admission 

Degree seeking students should read the admission rules and go thru application process here 

Students interested in applying to NES for one or two semesters as visiting international students should apply here:

Apply on-line to become a visiting student of the Joint HSE-NES BA in Economics

Apply on-line to become a visiting student of the MA in Economics

The following are prerequisites for admission to the NES MAE Program as a degree-seeking student: 

  •          GRE Subject Test in Mathematics with a score of at least 480
  •          If not a native English speaker, English fluency as demonstrated by a TOEFL score of at least 550* 

*Other English tests are accepted.

Please contact for details.

Tuition and Fees 

BA tuition for the 2013-2014 is $10,800 per semester. Housing fees are approximately $4,000 per academic year, as of 2013. This is an estimate and is subject to change. 

MAE tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $ 12,755 for degree seeking students. Housing fees are approximately $4,800 per academic year, as of 2014. This is an estimate and is subject to change. Please see the tuition fees and plans for visiting students here

Application Deadlines 

The application deadlines for the BAE program are July 1 for the fall semester and October 30 for the spring semester. Please check with your college or university to see if they have an exchange program with HSE-NES. The joint HSE-NES BA Program only accepts applications from visiting, non-degree seeking students.

Although the MAE program consists of five modules, the application deadline for all degree-seeking MAE students is July 1. However due to the visa requirements and legalization necessity of BA diploma we strongly encourage applicants to apply during the academic year. Please see more on MAE program application process here. If you are interested in attending NES temporarily as a non-degree-seeking student, please contact for application instructions and deadlines.

Students will only be admitted to the MAE program as degree-seeking students beginning in the fall module. Although the application deadline is July 1, NES will be ready to make decisions on applications submitted earlier than this deadline.



Housing is offered in dormitories located within a half-hour commute to the NES campus. Each dorm suite is shared by five to six students and consists of three bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower. Each floor holds a kitchen complete with a stovetop, oven and microwave. Several grocery stores, coffee houses and ATMs are located within a five-minute walk. A bus stop is located a short distance up the street, and the complex is served by two metro stations: Tulskaya on the silver line and Shabolovskaya on the orange line, a 5- and 15-minute walk from the dorm, respectively.

Immigration Information 

NES offers international students a multiple-entry student visa. NES provides an invitation letter and then students apply for a visa at a Russian Consulate or through a visa service. Those studying abroad at NES are responsible for the costs associated with obtaining a Russian visa.


Life in Moscow 

Moscow's cultural attractions are highly accessible to NES students as NES is located just a few Metro stops away from Moscow's historic center. Most museums in Moscow offer sizable student discounts, and NES students and faculty are brimming with recommendations. With a population of more than 11 million people, Moscow is the largest city in Europe, so there is no shortage of things to explore.

Students can expect to find opportunities for socialization and entertainment without even getting on the Metro. NES is home to an involved student community responsible for many student organizations, from Film Club to NES Debate. NES also offers ample opportunities for students to interact with leaders from different industries both in Russia and abroad. Students are offered extracurricular weekly seminars and various special events with key speakers representing different industries around the world.

Student Experiences 

“I study linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. I am currently interning at NES, and taking two BAE courses. I was surprised by the intimate setting NES offers its students; both of my classes are small and my professors are highly invested in the progress of their students in spite of their prominent research careers. Students here are friendly and love to exchange ideas. They take their studies seriously – not only in contrast to my preconceptions about Russian academia, but also to an extent that has caused me to reevaluate the attitudes towards education I've inherited as an American. This school occupies a dynamic position in Russian academia, and I only recommend NES if you want to avoid all the clich?s students bring home from typical study abroad programs.”

 — Andy McMahon, the University of Texas at Austin

“NES is like Warren Buffet: an outlying occurrence at one end of a distribution. It exists against all odds! And that’s what made it appealing to me when I was considering options for studying abroad in Russia. There is nothing wizardly about appreciating the role of econometrics, math, and monetary theory in modern economics. But NES is the one Russian university that understands this fact. Even though I'd previously had access to world-renowned faculty at the University of California, at NES I found something more: a highly-motivated group of students. Most universities can provide books and resources, but only a few distinguished ones are able to inspire interest in learning from the bottom up. NES is such a university.”

— Segah Meer, NES MAE Class of 2012


 Frequently Asked Questions

- How is NES different from other universities in Russia?

The New Economic School acknowledges the importance that offering smaller class sizes has to students’ success. NES also upholds high standards of academic integrity. The School’s small size and tightly knit community is more convenient and allows for easier networking than at larger Russian universities. 

- Is knowledge of the Russian language required to study or intern at NES?

No, but living in Moscow is easier with some knowledge of Russian. Students with no prior exposure to Russian are welcome to take a Russian language course, or can simply take advantage of NES students’ eagerness to help international students adapt. Those with prior exposure to the language will have plenty of opportunities to improve! 

- Is there a residence hall for students?

Yes; Students live at a dormitory which is a 30-minute commute from the NES campus. The dorms are equipped with all necessities, including a kitchen on each floor stocked with cooking supplies.  

- What is the Russian visa process like for U.S. citizens?

Consult for information on how to obtain a Russian visa. The process is more complicated than those of many other countries, but you can avoid any issues by applying for your visa far in advance. 

- How do I know if NES is right for me?

If you are curious about life in Russia, eager to work with one of the most important institutions in Eastern Europe, and—most importantly—adventurous, you will be able to take any challenges  in stride.


NES Brochures

Below are brochures created by the NES International Office.
The brochures are on the following topics: MAE Program, Joint HSE-NES BA Program, International Internships, Life in Moscow, General Information

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