A majority of MIT students travel to study, research, work, and perform service around the world.
As an MIT student, you can expect to have at least one international experience with research, work, or service abroad.
MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) is MIT’s flagship international education program. Each year, nearly 1,250 undergraduate and graduate students intern, teach, research, and collaborate in more than 25 countries, with all costs covered by MIT.
Core MISTI programs include:
- an internship program that matches students with hands-on projects in leading international companies, schools, and labs for research or work
- a teaching program where students teach STEM in foreign high schools and universities
- an entrepreneurship program where MIT students teach mobile app development and incubate technologies among other budding student entrepreneurs
- a peacemaking program that places students in companies, NGOs, and research labs that develop concrete tools to reduce conflict and promote reconciliation
MIT offers several study abroad programs coordinated by the office of Careeer Advising & Professional Development. They include:
- a semester in Spain via the MIT-Madrid program
- a semester or year in London via the Imperial College Exchange
- IAP programs in France, Italy, Spain, and London
In addition to these centrally-coordinated programs, the Careeer Advising & Professional Development office also helps students to identify and directly enroll in another university abroad in a country and at an institution of their choice.
In addition to MISTI research internships, you can conduct an international UROP, known colloquially as an IROP. These projects generally take place over the summer and mirror the traditional campus-based UROP model.
MIT offers many opportunities for you to use your skills for good globally. Some core international service programs include:
- The PKG Center coordinates the IDEAS Global Challenge, which offers up to $15,000 in grant funding to implement service projects
- D-Lab runs classes, research groups, and projects to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges
- The Legatum Center manages fellowships and grants to support sustainable, for-profit enterprises that promote prosperity in low-income countries
If you want a great example of an international service project done by an MIT student, you can read Selam’s saga of building a well in her family’s ancestral village.