In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, MISTI will provide the most up-to-date information to our students abroad and those who intend to participate in MISTI, D-Lab and the PKG Center programs abroad over the summer. Our top priority is student safety, and we continue to monitor developments and changes to MIT policies and will update this page with more information as it is available. MISTI Program Managers will also reach out to their students directly with country-specific details as this situation unfolds.


What steps are programs taking to ensure the health and safety of students?

Student safety is our top priority, so we will continue to monitor developments and any changes to MIT's policies and advise students accordingly. MISTI Program Managers are in constant contact with hosts and partners abroad and are monitoring the situation in their specific country. MISTI, D-Lab and the PKG Center will only send students abroad in compliance with MIT policy.

To support students through the current uncertainty, a new team has been created that will focus on coordinating and planning for non-academic or co-curricular summer opportunities including internships, UROP, MISTI, PKG, etc. The charge/mission of this team will be:

  • To support MIT students with clear and helpful advice, communication, and programming;
  • To coordinate Institute initiatives, communications, and decision-making; and
  • To make careful assessments and timely decisions about the status of MIT summer opportunities in light of the latest developments and evolving Institute and governmental responses.
What should I do if I am already abroad?

As the situation evolves, program staff will reach out to you as soon as possible with additional information.

Are MISTI programs still happening this summer?

Summer 2020 programs have been suspended in following regions: Africa, Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Russia/Eurasia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom (internships) and Uruguay.

Programs that will decide about summer 2020 no later than May 15 include: Australia, Brazil, China, India/South Asia, Israel, Japan, Korea, MEET, New Zealand, Singapore, and United Kingdom (research exchanges).

Please be aware that the CAPD is available to help students make alternate plans for this summer, including one-on-one virtual meetings and job/internship opportunities available via Handshake (

Should I buy my flight tickets or secure housing?

No. At this time, no international travel and housing should be purchased until your program manager informs you otherwise.

Should I still apply for a visa?

This depends on the country you are traveling to. Please be in touch with your MISTI country-specific Program Manager or staff at D-Lab or the PKG Center.

I have a grant from MISTI Global Seed Funds. May I receive an extension?

Faculty members and research scientists with active MISTI Global Seed Funds grants may be eligible for an extension based upon the length of disruption to their project. MISTI will reach out to impacted faculty with more details.