How to get to

(It is quite simple)

We created this guide to help you with the process.
Please, read it carefully before submitting your competitive selection application, and don't hesitate to ask any questions.

The admission and enrollment process includes several steps.
You have probably seen this timeline. Below we explain it in details.
Preparing your portfolio
Prepare your application materials.
Submit your application
Upload your materials into the application system between January and July 2022 and submit your application.
Online testing
Every candidate must take an online profile test. You will be notified by email about the specific date and time of your test.
The final admissions stage takes place in Moscow. You have to pass the TOEFL ITP exam on site, or present a valid TOEFL certificate and pass an in-person interview. Extra written examinations may be required for certain programs during this time (you will be notified in advance).
0. What to do in advance
Choose the program here >>
A current English-language version of your resume or curriculum vitae.
We do not have special requirements here, just follow the general rules for such documents.
Motivation letter
In 500–1000 words, in English, please answer the following question: What do you hope to gain by completing a degree in your chosen field of study at Skoltech? Keep in mind that motivation letter is being reviewed carefully and is very important for the selection.
2 Recommendation letters
This is important as well: we will need 2 recommendation letters, written by your thesis supervisors, team supervisors and other relevant people, confirming your skills and potential.
  • Letters should describe both the relationship between the author and the applicant (joint research, supervision, teaching, etc.) and provide the personal opinion of the author about the applicant.
  • Very formal letters, translation of standard characteristics, usually do not produce a good impression.
  • Each letter has to contain contact phone number and/or e-mail of the recommender.
  • If the letters are not in English, please make your own translation into English, scan it in one file with the original and upload this way.
  • In case your recommenders don't want you to view the letters, they can email them directly to us at with your name and surname in the subject of the email. You have to upload the .pdf files with their contact information instead of letters to inform us that we should find them in our inbox.
Diploma or transcript from the university
You will need to upload a scan of your most recent diploma of higher education. If you are currently studying, it is highly recommended to upload a current academic transcript to give the Admission Committee an opportunity to see your academic level.
Proof of English language proficiency
To show proof of English language proficiency, scan and upload one of the following documents:
  • valid TOEFL iBT certificate (minimum score: 80)
  • valid TOEFL ITP certificate (minimum score: 450)
  • valid IELTS certificate (minimum score: 6.0)
  • certificate from your previous/current university stating that the language of instruction is English (it must be dated, signed, and stamped)
Language proficiency certificate is considered valid for two years after the test date.

In case you don't have a language certificate, please don't worry. If invited for the interview, you will be able to take the TOEFL ITP test at Skoltech during the selection weekend. It is a written test and is not administered online.
Certificates and awards
Scan all your awards and certificates if you have any.
This is not obligatory, but increases your chances.
Usual/formal photo
We will ask you to provide a photo.
We have seen a lot: beach selfies, party photos, elevator looks, sunglasses hiding 50% of the face — please, don't do that :) Find a formal photo.
We prefer scans in PDF files, but also accept images in JPEG, PNG, GIF or BMP formats.
Documents in DOC, PPT, TXT and other formats will not be accepted.
If any of your documents is not presented in English, please provide a translation. If possible, scan the original with the translation together. Translation is obligatory for recommendation letters and highly recommended for the rest items.
1. Application / Portfolio
Upload all documents using your account between January and July 2022. Fill out the questionnaire. When everything is completed, click "Submit". Great, now you are officially an Applicant.
We do not charge any tuition fees.
2. Online test
All applicants who submitted the abovementioned docs are qualified for subject online testing. You will be notified by e-mail about your specific time. The link and the instructions will be sent within 24h before the scheduled test. The test will take 2–3 hours of your time.
Sample tests are available here >>
You will need to organize a quiet place with a stable internet connection, where no one will disturb you during the test, and the device with working web-camera and microphone.
The on-line testing will be performed using a proctoring service, i.e. we will automatically and manually control the process and observe you during the test. A high rate of automatically tracked suspicious activity lowers your Credibility Score, which may influence the decision of the Admission Committee. Recovered and proven cheating during the test leads to an immediate ban.
3. Selection Weekend
Based on your portfolio and test results Admission Comittee will make a decision within 2 weeks and inform you about it via e-mail. You will need to come to Skoltech on the specified date for the final interviews. Only in exceptional cases final stage may be performed remotely via video conference-call for those applicants, who cannot come in person. Personal presence makes your chances to succeed higher.
You will be interviewed by the faculty and researchers of your program. The interview is conducted in English. You will need to prepare a short presentation about your academic and research background for the interview.

Also you will need to prepare and bring the original copy of your academic transcripts to the interview.
English test (if needed)
All applicants must demonstrate English proficiency, the language of instruction at Skoltech. This may be demonstrated by one of the following ways:
  • TOEFL iBT, TOEFL ITP or IELTS certificates. The passing score is: 80 on the TOEFL iBT, 450 on the TOEFL ITP or 6 on the IELTS. Only TOEFL and IELTS certificates are accepted. Applicants, who does not have a valid TOEFL or IELTS certificate, may pass an official TOEFL ITP examination at Skoltech after the interview (free of charge).
  • Official confirmation from your university or school that English was the language of instruction
  • Confirmation that you are a native English speaker.
Entrepreneurship challenge
A challenge to check if you have the essential set of soft skills of modern researcher and entrepreneur.
+ Extra written exam (for some programs)
Can be scheduled for some programs, will be conducted within the same Selection Weekend. You will be notified in advance.
The Selection Weekend takes place on a Saturday (and for some applicants Sunday as well). We provide a scheduled transfer from Moscow to the campus (and back), and the meals.
And a positive mood, of course:
4. Enrollment (hooray!)
A week after the Selection Weekend is finished we will inform you about your results. There are 3 possible outcomes:
Option 1: OFFER
Good job: if you received the e-mail containing an offer to join Skoltech MSc program it means you have passed the selection process and we are eager to see you at Skoltech in August for official matriculation and start of studies (which, by the way, may completely change your life).
If you received an e-mail saying that you are on a waiting list, it means that you need to confirm your place in the waiting list and wait until the end of June for the final decision.
Option 3: REJECT
Sorry: that means that you did not pass the final stage, but next year you will be able to try again — we do not ban. However, this year you are not allowed to resubmit your application for this or another program.
The official matriculation is conducted in August before the start of the academic year: we will inform you via a special e-mail about the list of the documents you will need to provide to become a Skoltech student officially.
Click the button "Begin" to start preparing your application to Skoltech. We will send you an email with all the necessary information.

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