How to get into Skoltech
(It is quite simple)

We created this guide to help you with the competitive selection application process.
Please, read it carefully before submitting an application,
and don't hesitate to ask any questions.
The selection and admission process includes several steps.
You have probably seen this timeline. Below we explain it in details.
Prepare your portfolio
Prepare your competitive selection application materials.
Submit your application
Upload your materials into the SIA system and click 'submit'.
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 selection 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
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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. Learn how to write a resume.
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. Learn how to write a motivation letter.
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. How to request letters of recommendation.

  • 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.
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.
Certificates and awards
Scan all your awards and certificates if you have any.
This is not obligatory, but increases your chances.
We prefer scans in PDF files, but also accept images in JPEG format.
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 in the SIA system. You will need to fill out the questionnaire. When everything is completed, you will need to click "Submit". Great, now you are officially an Applicant.
We do not charge any tuition fees, but to submit your competitive selection application you will need to pay an application fee of 500 rub ($6,54) or only 10 rub ($0,13) if you submit it by February 13.
2. Online test
The exam takes place 1 or 2 days after the deadline. So, for example, if you submit your test by the deadline on June 6, the exam will be on June 7 or June 8.

The date/time of the exam is not flexible and will be announced to you via email 5 days before the test date. If you submit your competitive selection application closer to the deadline, you will be notified the morning after the deadline.
Sample tests are available here and here is how you can prepare.
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 online 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, the 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 or in case of a bad epidemiological situation 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.
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). You can also take TOEFL ITP test at Skoltech in advance, see the details on
  • Official confirmation from your university or school that English was the language of instruction
  • Confirmation that you are a native English speaker.
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Dynamic 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).
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).
You still have a chance! Due to limited space availability and high competition, some candidates are placed on the waiting list. Having been waitlisted is no guarantee for eventual acceptance. However, waitlisted candidates may be offered admission as late as a few days prior to the beginning of the academic year.
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 competitive selection application for this or another program.
The official matriculation is conducted in July-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.
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