MISTI’s groundbreaking experiential teaching programs enable students to teach STEM subjects and entrepreneurship at high schools and universities across the globe.

Imagine standing in front of a class of eager Italian or Israeli or Colombian students, trying to tell them everything you know about physics or circuits or biology. How do you bridge the gap in language, in culture, in learning styles? MISTI’s teaching programs give MIT students the opportunity to learn through teaching: how to synthesize and present what they know, how to work in a team, and how to communicate effectively with peers of a different cultural background.

How it works

  • Students apply and are selected in the fall.
  • Global Teaching Labs take place over IAP; all other programs occur in the summer.
  • Participants attend MISTI Prep and Training sessions on teaching methodologies and the culture and society of their host country.
  • There are no foreign language requirements for participation in the teaching programs (except for CETI, which gives priority to students who speak Chinese).

Global Teaching Labs

Through MISTI GTL, students teach STEM subjects at foreign high schools during IAP. Working in teams, students use MIT course and online materials to prepare tailored courses that complement the host school’s curriculum and highlight MIT’s project-based learning.

MISTI GTL is currently offered in a handful of MISTI locations. Subjects taught vary by country. In your application you will be asked to choose TWO countries you would like to go to, and rank TWO subjects you feel most comfortable teaching. Please visit the country programs sites to make sure your countries of choices offer teaching opportunities in your strongest subjects before applying.

Global Startup Labs

Through Global Startup Labs, MIT student teams teach mobile app development and incubate technologies among budding university student entrepreneurs around the world. Participants develop curriculum materials, software technologies, platforms, and networks that enable undergraduate students in emerging regions to develop new mobile technology startups.

Each GSL team consists of two MIT EECS students (one undergrad, one grad) and two students from the Sloan School of Management (one undergrad, one grad).

Programs are available in nearly a dozen countries. Visit the Global Startup Labs website for more information.

MIT-China Educational Technology Initiative (CETI)

MIT-CETI is an MIT student initiated and managed program that prepares MIT students to introduce academic, cross cultural, and professional content at universities in China. Working in teams of three, CETI participants introduce curricula from OpenCourseWare, edX, MITx, online labs and develop labs at 14 universities spanning China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The teams also organize workshops on English resume writing and interview practice for Chinese students interested in applying to foreign graduate schools and multinational companies.

Priority is given to applicants who speak or are studying Chinese. All participants must take at least one MIT course on China.

Visit the MIT-CETI and the MIT-China program pages for more information and to apply.

MIT-India Resonance Initiative

Through MIT-India’s Resonance Initiative MIT & Harvard graduate students teach cutting-edge, interdisciplinary subjects led by MIT & Harvard faculty to the top Indian students during an intensive multi-week summer course in India.

This past summer, 25 highly talented students from across India were chosen following a highly competitive selection process to participate in a two-week immersion workshop that explored research topics in neuroscience. 

Contact the MIT-India Program for more information

MISTI MIT- MEET (Middle East Education through Technology)

Through MEET, MIT students teach technology, business and leadership to Israeli and Palestinian high school students in Jerusalem.

Visit the MISTI MIT-MEET website to learn more.