MISTI supports MIT’s educational mission by creating hands-on, international learning experiences for MIT students that are related to their course of study. We bolster the Institute’s research mission by promoting collaborations between MIT faculty members and their counterparts abroad. We advance MIT's outreach efforts through our partnerships with foreign companies, universities and research institutions, especially those that serve as hosts for our students and faculty.
The student experience
At MISTI, we believe that a substantive, practical work or research experience abroad should be an integral part of a world-class science and technology education.
We also believe that students will be much better able to contribute to their host organizations and to get the most out of their time abroad if they know the language and culture of the countries in which they will be placed.
Our student programs are designed to ensure that students have a rich experience abroad that broadens their academic, professional, and personal horizons and prepares them to be global leaders in their field of study. At graduation, MISTI students report a higher level of self-confidence and an improved ability to adapt to new situations and to communicate effectively with international peers.
Today, MIT faculty tackle intellectual challenges that cannot be addressed within our national boundaries or by working only with people who define problems, organize teams and measure success and failure the same way we do. The frontiers of knowledge and technology now stretch around the world, and problem-solving requires participation in world-wide networks of knowledge creation and use. With complex global issues at stake—such as health, energy, environment, and security—MISTI's Global Seed Funds grant program fosters crucial intellectual collaboration between MIT researchers and their counterparts around the globe.
MISTI operates through country- or region-specific programs that create opportunities for students and faculty to work with partners abroad. Our programs cover most of the world’s large economies, as well as smaller countries with particularly dynamic technology sectors. We also administer several innovative cross-regional programs that enable MIT students to learn through teaching STEM and entrepreneurship at foreign high schools and universities.
Each MISTI program is led by one or more senior members of the MIT faculty who set the strategic direction for the program and ensure its educational quality. MISTI faculty directors are world-class scholars who have longstanding ties to the countries in which their programs operate and who share a commitment to practical education.
Each MISTI program is administered on a day-to-day basis by a program manager—a professional with experience in international education, a strong commitment to the student experience, and extensive knowledge of the country with which they work.