FAQ:
How do I apply for the program?
Please send us an e-mail at global.campus@skoltech.ru (or a.abashkin@skoltech.ru or m.erpek@skoltech.ru) and we will send you the application form to complete and answer your queries.
I see a lot of overseas program options.
What makes Global Campus different?
Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology is Russia's most modern university. Utilizing unique labs equipped with world-class facilities, we at Skoltech provide a rare opportunity to pass an internship in your field of interest as well as study Russian. At the same time, you also have the opportunity to explore a new country and immerse yourself into a new culture.
How and when do I enroll in the program?
Please check summer program dates and fall program dates on the main page. The first step is to send us an e-mail at global.campus@skoltech.ru and we will send you the application form to complete and answer your queries. We will then provide you a contract with the payment details and the invitation letter to apply for the visa.
How do I pay for the program?
Applicants provide us with bank account details and we will then send you a contract with payment details and an invoice with which you will make the payment via your bank. We do not accept checks, cash or travel checks.
What is the application deadline?
Summer program – May, 10
Fall program – August, 9
Do I need to have any knowledge of Russian?
No. We provide Russian courses for beginners.
Do I need a visa to participate in this program?
Yes. We will provide you with the invitation letter necessary for the visa application. You will then submit the application to a Russian Embassy or Consulate that processes visas for citizens of your country. Feel free to contact us for questions regarding visa applications.
What kind of weather should I expect?
The summertime is usually warm, but at times there are spells of cold and rain, and temperatures might drop to around 59F (15C). However, it can get very hot (approx. 86F or 30C), although the average temperature is 72F (22C).

At the beginning of autumn (fall), you'll experience a gorgeous summer. This is when temperatures reach up to 70F (21C); however, the weather during that time may also be windy and rainy.

In November, the temperature will drop to approximately 20-50F (-6C to +10C) and with a possibility of early snow.
Where are your faculty members from?
All professors who teach at Skoltech have experience teaching not only at Russia's best universities, but also at renowned American and European universities. These include: Princeton University, MIT, the University of Cambridge, North Dakota State University, the University of California, the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, the University of Arizona, New Mexico State University, Purdue University, the University of Delaware, Columbia University, the University of Virginia, the University of York, Stony Brook University (New York), the Clay Mathematics Institute, the University of Chicago, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Utah, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Westminster College, the University of Western Australia, Mahidol University, the College of William & Mary (Williambsurg), Aachen University, Durham University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Southampton, Politecnico di Milano, the University of Leicester, Potsdam University, Humboldt University, the University of Barcelona, the University of Toronto, the Paul Sabatier University, the University of Gothenburg, the University of Warsaw, ITAMP, the University of British Columbia, Oakland University, the University of Strathclyde, etc.

You can check our professors' profiles here.
How safe is Moscow?
Moscow is a big city and is as safe or unsafe as any other big city, be it New York, Paris or London. The main advice that we usually give at our orientation sessions is to use common sense. Moscow night life is really great, so there is no reason to miss it; just be alert. It is better to travel around in groups and share cabs with each other. Never get into a cab if the driver is accompanied by someone else, avoid crowds, and avoid groups of drunk teenagers.
What is Skolkovo?
On Sept. 28, 2010, then-President Dmitry Medvedev signed a law "On the Skolkovo Innovation Center," giving rise to the project's managing entity, the non-profit Skolkovo Foundation.

Charged with providing the catalyst for the diversification of the Russian economy, the Skolkovo Foundation's overarching goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation, engendering a startup culture and encouraging venture capitalism.

The Skolkovo Foundation has identified five key areas of potential growth: energy efficiency, strategic computer technologies, biomedicine, nuclear technologies and space technologies.

To achieve this, the Foundation is overseeing the creation of the Skolkovo Innovation Center, which is composed of companies and startups developing innovative technologies (currently numbering over 1,000), a Technopark, the Skolkovo Institute of Technology (Skoltech), a new graduate research University, established in collaboration with MIT, and Skolkovo city, located near Moscow. Together, these entities will establish a vibrant ecosystem of technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Thirty of the world's most successful corporations, including Boeing, Cisco Systems, EADS, GE, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Siemens, Nokia, Samsung etc. have already recognized the opportunity that Skolkovo presents, having signed R&D partnership agreements with the Foundation.

Dozens of innovative projects developed by Skolkovo startups have found success in international markets; in particular, equipment for the dynamic modeling of oil and gas fields, next-generation screen displays, and laser systems for soft-tissue surgery.

Surveys have shown that Skolkovo startups are three times more likely to attract investment than non-members.
Are there any international students at Skoltech?
20% of Skoltech's student body is international, representing up to 40 countries.
What is the average cost of living in Moscow?
Taking into account the constantly increasing value of the dollar against the ruble, life in Moscow may not seem expensive. In the list below, you will find prices for things that you may need while you are in Moscow.

COMMUNICATION

  • Mailing a postcard/letter home (Airmail) …… Less than 100 RUB
  • A low-cost cellphone model 950-1600 RUB
The most popular telecoms operators and their lowest offers:

Beeline

  • 300 RUB inculdes: 300 mins of phone calls, 100 sms, 2GB data allowance a month
  • 500 RUB inculdes: 550 mins of phone calls, 300 sms, 5GB data allowance a month
Megafon
  • 300 RUB inculdes: 300 mins of phone calls, 200 sms, 2GB data allowance a month
  • 500 RUB inculdes: 550 mins of phone calls, 400 sms, 5GB data allowance a month
MTS
  • 300 RUB inculdes: 250 mins of phone calls, 250 sms, 2GB data allowance a month
  • 500 RUB inculdes: 400 mins of phone calls, 400 sms, 10GB data allowance a month

TRAVEL

Metro/Bus passes
  • 1 journey – 55 RUB, 2 journeys – 110 RUB, 20 journeys – 720 RUB, 40 journeys – 1440 RUB, 60 journeys – 1700 RUB
  • 1 journey with Troika card – 36 RUB
  • Train ticket to St. Petersburg (single, roundtrip) – 1000-5000 RUB
  • Regional train ticket – 100-300 RUB (depending on distance)

CULTURE/ENTERTAINMENT
  • Museum admission as an individual 200-1500 RUB per adult
  • Concert admission 200-5000 RUB per adult
  • Theater admission 200-5000 RUB per adult
  • Movie admission 200-1000 RUB per adult
  • Night club entrance fee 200-2000 RUB per adult (but mostly free)
  • Athletic facility fee 300-1000 RUB per adult
  • Newspaper 50-100 RUB
  • Magazine 100-300 RUB

PERSONAL ITEMS

  • Laundry detergent 300 RUB
  • Dry cleaning 200-1000 RUB
  • Sweater 1000-4000 RUB
  • Shoes 2000-10000 RUB
  • Umbrella 500-1500 RUB
  • Raincoat 2000-4000 RUB
  • Contact lens solution 500-600 RUB
  • Package of 5 razors 400 RUB
  • Feminine products 300 RUB
  • Haircut 500-3000 RUB
  • AA battery 50 RUB
  • Printing of digital photos 20 RUB per 1 photo
  • 500 mb flash card 400-1000

MEALS
  • Dinner, inexpensive 400-600 RUB
  • Dinner, expensive 2000+ RUB (no limit)
  • Lunch at the Academy 150-350 RUB
  • Sandwich at cafe 100-200 RUB
  • Сup of coffee 50-300 RUB
  • Snacks between meals 70 RUB
  • Bottle of water/soda 50 RUB
How do you get from the campus to Moscow city center?
There are plenty of buses going to/from the campus from/to Moscow every 5-10 mins. Please check the schedule here.
How far is the dormitory from the campus? How do I get from the dormitory to the campus? What are the living conditions in the dormitory?
Address: Zapadnaya Ulitsa, 40, Novoivanovskoye, Moskovskaya oblast', Russia

Travel time: 25-40 min. (depending on traffic)

Description: a three-story building reserved by Skoltech for Skoltech students only. Next-door there is a food market, shopping mall, pharmacy, and bus stops.

Accommodation conditions: 2-3 persons per room. Each room has 2-3 beds, 2-3 side tables, 2-3 chairs, a closet, and a desk. The building is equipped with soundproof windows which will shut out the noise from the street. Each floor has a shared kitchen with an electric stove, 2 fridges, 2 microwave ovens and 2 kettles. All rooms are swept and mopped regularly by staff and bedclothes are changed weekly.

Wi-Fi: 300 RUB/month for 1 device

Administrative costs for registration: 1,000 RUB per registration (you must register every time you enter or re-enter Russia)

The nearest bus stop: "Nemchinovka-1" (just under the pedestrian bridge). Public transport: 819K bus (from Slavyansliy Boulevard Metro to "Usad'ba" in Skolkovo). You can also use taxi-Apps (Yandex, Uber, and Gett). If you share a taxi with 3 other persons, the price will be nearly the same as taking the bus.
What campus facilities are available?
There is a gym equipped with basic facilities; you can find table tennis and aero hockey at the Cohort place where students hang out during their free time, and in the student kitchen there is foosball as well. There are cafes and a cafeteria. There are also kitchens where you can cook your own food.