Admission process to the Strelka’s postgraduate education programme 2016/17 ‘The New Normal’ is now closed. Contact us at to be the first to know when we start accepting applications for the programme 2017/18. 

Strelka alumni about education at the Institute:


The theme of the sixth year at Strelka was Hybrid Urbanism, which brings together urbanism and digital thinking. What Institute calls “Hybrid urbanism” sets out to explore the ways digital technologies are manifested in the space of the city and speculate on their potential applications and transgressions.

If personal data becomes the new economic resource, how can we claim ownership of it? When Google inevitably moves into the urban space, what new regulations will accompany this expansion? How can something small, such as ad blockers, contribute to a positive change in food industry? When the city is no longer brick and mortar but a responsive sensor-powered environment, what new behaviors will it bring?

These and other questions became the core of the 7 final projects, in which students were looking into future urban scenarios through the lens of emerging technologies and digital thinking. On the basis of the research all groups created working prototypes to illustrate the mechanics of their studies. To learn more about the theme of the year and see all the final projects visit  the site. 

Another significant module of the 2015/16 year was a field trip to Seoul where students made a research on retail structure with strong digital components. The result of the trip is  Disrupt the(M)all, a digital project combining 6 concepts of development that can dramatically change the field of urban retail and culture of the shopping centers in Russia. The whole module was organised in cooperation with Aviapark, Europe’s largest shopping mall, and all concepts can be applied to it. 

Who can apply?

The Institute’s multidisciplinary programme is aimed at young professionals from Russia and abroad with backgrounds and work experience in the fields of architecture, urbanism, digital media, interactive design, computer technologies, social studies, and other fields.

Applicants to the programme need to have a higher education diploma (any specialisation) and no less than 2 years of work experience. When reviewing applications, we focus on how a potential student can apply his/her expertise to the research agenda of the Programme which is traditionally centered around The City and urban design. 


  • completed higher education
  • 2-3 years of work experience
  • fluency in English
  • age: 25 to 35 (exceptions permitted)
  • high level of motivation and self-organisation


  • completed online application form
  • portfolio (PDF, not exceeding a total of 10 pages)

Your portfolio should contain examples of projects and/or research work completed in the last few years and demonstrate your skills and expertise as well as interest in urban research agenda.

  • English language proficiency certificate (for non-native speakers): IELTS Academic — 6.5, TOEFL — 85
  • copy of a university diploma
  • letter of recommendation from a former employer/research advisor/internship supervisor
  • passport scan


All applicants will receive official emails from the Institute on the results of the selection process.


Please contact us at with any remaining questions about the admission process and/or requirements.