Open optional courses
Open optional courses are an old HSE tradition going back more than 10 years. Each academic year, the university offers courses on various topics and of various lengths, from purely theoretical courses to workshops by renowned professionals. An open optional course is designed not only to give knowledge, but to create a certain view of the world and to produce additional competencies required for further professional work.
Every HSE student can independently choose any open optional course. An open optional course is studied outside the core educational programme, which means that a failing grade in the course would not be considered a failed assignment. Optional courses are also open to staff members or any other interested individuals.
The list of open optional courses in the 2020/21 academic year includes over 50 original courses that represent a wide range of recent studies in economics and management, technology and natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. Most courses are taught in Russian, but there is also a number of English-taught courses.
Optional Courses FAQ
I’m not sure I’ll be able to attend every lecture. Will I be dismissed for absence?
You are free to choose whether to attend optional courses. However, when you enrol in a course, you take some responsibility, primarily to yourself. You won’t be dismissed for absence, but each lecturer sets his or her own attendance rules for an optional course. The structure of some courses is such that if you miss many classes you won’t be able to complete the course.
Will I have to pass exams at the end of the course?
Tests are voluntary, even for HSE students. If HSE students pass the test, they receive credits for the optional course, which they can have reflected in their future degree transcript. Some of the optional courses, for example, IGITI courses, give certificates to external students.
When will the schedule of classes be published?
Open optional courses are very different and start at different times (September, October, November, January, and March). The schedule will be published on the websites of each optional course or on the website of the department responsible for administering it.
Where will the courses take place?
The lectures will take place in various HSE buildings.
When will they take place?
Generally in the evening, from 6.10 to 9.00 pm.
The open optional courses are free for everyone.
Welcome to HSE’s open optional courses!