Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)

The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research institute in Moscow, Russia. The Institute’s close link with the industrial and business ecosystem fosters frontier research and generates a flow of innovative solutions for the benefit of the Russian economy.



Skoltech was established on October 25, 2011 in cooperation of nine Russian universities and organizations. On October 26, 2011, the Skolkovo Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) signed a partnership agreement on Skoltech development. In August 2012, the first 20 students were admitted to Skoltech and went to MIT for internship.


The university is an international community for students and faculty where all education is in English. Students can also increase their international experience through Skoltech’s network of partner universities around the world. Easing student mobility, the education is aligned with the European Higher Education Area created by the Bologna process. The aim is that Skoltech graduates will excel in the international and intercultural working environments of the global market.


The 9 CREIs are Centers for Research, Education and Innovation established in collaboration with international and Russian Partners.The CREIs address Critical Challenges in IT, Biomedicine, Energy, Space, Crosscutting Science. They are the key building blocks in the effort to develop a graduate university that combines education, research and innovation seamlessly. CREIs will build capacity of all kinds at Skoltech, and will be designed to have broad impact on Russia.

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Student services

The Skoltech Student Council is recognized by the university administration as the official voice of the student body. This group is a representative student-elected body that offers a forum to address all kinds of campus issues, and an opportunity for students to become involved in the university community.

Library services

  • One-stop platform for academic publications
  • Books catalogue
  • Access to electronic resources 

Medical services

All Skoltech students receive additional medical insurance.

Skoltech students who will be abroad for significant periods will also be provided with additional travel insurance.

  • Appointments, consultations and manipulations of medical specialists
  • Diagnostic laboratory tests
  • Instrumental diagnostics
  • Treatment manipulations and procedures
  • Physical therapy
  • Dental care

Student Life

Campus life

  • On September 1, 2018, Skoltech inaugurated its brand-new Eastern Ring campus. Designed by HERZOG & DE MEURON, the new four-level campus building has a total area of 136,000 square meters and a circumference length of 880 m.
  • Located just a few kilometers from the official border of Moscow, Skoltech offers close access to a major metropolitan area, including a vibrant start-up community, world-class theater and ballet, historical sites, and extensive green spaces. 

Sports facilities

  • Since Skoltech is a young institute, we still don’t have a sports hall of our own yet. We rent one in the Moscow School of Management where our students play sports two times a week. 
  • During the warm season, students can play sports on the sports ground near the pond behind the Skoltech building. 
  • This year we opened a brand-new gym. The gym is located in room 062, 0 floor, in the blue building. To get access to the gym you need to read and sign the safety policy in the student life office. The gym is available 24/7.

Student clubs

  • Japanese Club (日本語のクラブ)
  • Stretching Club
  • Volunteer Club
  • Air Hockey Club
  • Poker, Bridge & Chess Club
  • DS Journal Club
  • NES Case Club
  • Travel Club
  • Russian Speaking Club
  • Meet & Chill Club
  • Wargames & Hobby Club
  • Music Club
  • Start Up Club

Student Reviews

Skoltech is what a modern university should be like
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

In the Skoltech I passed a lot of scientific and engineering courses in such fields as orbital mechanics, robotics, space sector of the world market, machine learning and AI, as well as, marketing and creation of a startup. What I liked the most about this university is a lot of practice. At the end of every course we developed some course project where we applied all we...

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The teaching quality is great, many professors are renowned in their fields (but not all are great instructors though). The diversity is a little poor. There are international students, but the majority are Russian and Russian speakers. Courses are taught completely in English, but you may find it hard to live without knowing Russian.

Broken but beautiful
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I have done my graduation from lovely professional university. I really like that university about studies and extra crucial activities .got lots of exposure in my stream

Odintsovo, Moskovskaya, Russia


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