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Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology Skoltech

Bolshoi boulevard 30/1 Moscow,
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Skoltech is an international graduate research-focused university that was founded by a group of world-renowned scientists in 2011. Skoltech's curriculum focuses on technology and innovation, offering Master's programs in 10 technological disciplines. Students receive rigorous theoretical and practical training, design their own research projects, participate in internships, and gain entrepreneurial skills.  The faculty is comprised of current researchers with international accreditation and achievements. In just the first 8 years of its existence, Skoltech united dozens of researchers and globally renowned professors, built a stunning campus, set up world-class labs and made it to the top 100 young universities in the Nature Index.

Skoltech offers 11 English-taught MSc programs:

  1. Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  2. Life Sciences
  3. Internet of Things & Next Generation Wireless Technology
  4. Advanced Computational Science
  5. Data Science
  6. Energy Systems
  7. Materials Science
  8. Mathematical and Theoretical Physics
  9. Petroleum Engineering
  10. Photonics and Quantum Materials
  11. Space and Engineering Systems

And 7 English-taught PhD programs:

  • Mathematics and Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Computational and Data Science and Engineering
  • Engineering Systems
  • Petroleum Engineering

What makes Skoltech stand apart from other universities is its extraordinary environment that will make your MSc studies a major life milestone:

  • Education: Lectures and practical classes are given by world-renowned experts. Students can design their own curriculum by choosing from a variety of courses
  • Science: Science is firmly integrated into the education process: each student conducts his or her own research as a final Master's project
  • Real-life experience: Students participate in an 8-week summer internship at the leading companies in the industry, where students turn their knowledge and skills into practice
  • Entrepreneurship: We supplement your academic training with intensive business courses that provide guidance on how to commercialize ideas and research findings
  • Academic Mobility: over a third of our students participate in various academic mobility programs working as trainees or researchers at MIT, Harvard University, National University of Singapore, University of Calgary and other leading international universities.
  • Diversity: students from 40+ countries, professors, and researchers from internationally renowned labs and universities. We teach in English.
  • Student life: once enrolled, you will get a chance to attend major international conferences, participate in science and student competitions and work on your own projects and initiatives.
  • Student benefits package: Skoltech MSc students are entitled to a monthly scholarship starting from 40,000 RUR (around 550 EUR) and health insurance. PhD students are entitled to a monthly scholarship starting from 75,000 RUR (around 1000 EUR) and health insurance.

Students can design their individual learning plan and complement the compulsory set of disciplines by elective courses and projects from any field. Research is an integral part of the studying process.

The Skoltech campus is located in Moscow, Russia – one of the most vibrant and progressive cities in the world. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, Skoltech won the Prix Versailles Campuses Award as the best university campus in 2019.

Skoltech hosts 25+ world-class laboratories for research in robotics, aerospace engineering, additive manufacturing and more. Students have access to the laboratory facilities, student cohort space, lecture halls and study rooms 24/7.

Skoltech welcomes students and faculty from 40+ countries.  Studies at Skoltech are conducted fully in English. While some knowledge of basic Russian might be helpful in getting around, Moscow is a modern city with a bilingual navigation system. Current students are comfortable living there.

The student life at Skoltech is a rich and entertaining experience. Students can join university sports teams, practice their artistic talents in various clubs and run for student government to make a difference in their community. Examples include:

  • Football club
  • Volleyball club
  • Hockey club
  • Basketball club
  • Lawn tennis club
  • Rock climbing club
  • Wind & Water/Ice club
  • Stretching club
  • Yoga club
  • Salsa & Bachata club
  • Lindy Hop classes  
  • Breakdance classes
  • Eco club
  • Volunteers club
  • Animation club
  • Music club
  • Meet & Chill club
  • Movie club
  • Adventure club
  • Startup club
  • Math club

To apply to Skoltech, applicants need to submit the following materials

  1. Current CV or resume
  2. Academic transcript 
  3. Motivation letter
  4. 2 Letters of recommendation
  5. English language test results (TOEFL or IELTS)

The Skoltech application process consists of four stages:

  1. Prepare your application portfolio. We will guide you through creating each document step-by-step, including your resume, motivation letter, 2 reference letters and English language test results (TOEFL or IELTS). To start working on your application, submit your information.
  2. Submit your portfolio anytime between January and July 2021. You will be notified via email when that stage of the application process approaches. 
  3. Take an online subject exam (only for MSc applicants, PhD applicants skip to the next step). There is no minimum requirement, but the better your results, the more chances you will have to get to the next stage of the application process.
  4. Pass the final interview with the admissions committee. Every year, Master of Science and Ph.D. applicants from across Russia and around the world attend Skoltech's Selection Weekend. This year, the Selection weekend will take place online. During these days, participants go through interviews and an English test. Selection Weekend is also an opportunity for prospective students to learn about the latest developments in Skoltech’s research and innovation programs. Invitations to the Selection Weekend are reserved for those students who submitted the strongest online applications and received high scores in the online test.

Our graduates shape their own futures by choosing from a variety of career opportunities in industry, science, and business

  • Science: Landing PhD positions and continuing research at top Russian and international research entities
  • Industry: Landing specialist positions in various industry sectors, demanding fundamental knowledge of mathematical and theoretical physics
  • Startup: Starting a business on their own or through the Skolkovo innovation ecosystem with its extensive pool of experts, partners, consultants, and investors

Skoltech supports itsstudents’ career development, whether they choose to go into science, industryor the startup world. Skoltech students receive job offers from the world’sleading scientific organizations, land top positions in international companiesand even establish their own startups.

Throughout the year,students develop their leadership skills and grow their portfolio byparticipating in popular events like Machine Learning Summer School, TEDx, Falling Walls, ScienceSlam and other events.

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