For international experiences, MISTI makes it possible.

For almost 40 years, MISTI has pioneered international education at MIT. We work across departments, centers, and labs throughout the Institute to enable immersive, impactful learning experiences and research opportunities for students and faculty alike.

Whether it’s creating one-of-a-kind students programs, fueling partnerships between researchers, or serving as an enabling partner for exciting programs across the Institute, MISTI delivers the training, resources, insights, and expertise that make it possible for MIT students and faculty to learn from the world and with it.


Preparing students for the world

MISTI helps MIT undergraduate and graduate students experience the world while advancing knowledge, tackling tough challenges, and preparing for lives of impact, service, and leadership in an interconnected global society.

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Helping MIT faculty address global challenges through global collaboration

MISTI’s Global Seed Funds bring investigators from MIT together with peer institutions abroad to explore areas of research and projects that might benefit from greater international collaboration while also encouraging new learning opportunities for MIT’s undergraduate and graduate students.

Approximately 75% of MIT faculty members have applied for MISTI seed fund grants, and over 948 grants totaling $20M have been awarded.

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MISTI is how MIT does global

MISTI partners with programs across the Institute to make immersive international experiences possible for students and faculty—from experiential learning to student and faculty research, career development, global engagement, social impact, and more.

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Working to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges.

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PKG Participants

The PKG Center

Using public service is a springboard to take learning beyond the classroom and into communities around the world.

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Office of Experiential Learning

Amplifying and accelerating the practice and impact of experiential learning for MIT students.

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Career Advising & Professional Development

Helping students craft lives that are intellectually challenging, personally enriching, and of service to the world.

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Global MIT

Bringing to life the Institute’s vision and commitment to international engagement, which is central to MIT’s mission.

Fostering global cooperation in education, research, and problem-solving.

MISTI partners are an indispensable part of our mission. They serve as hosts for our students and collaborators for our faculty—and they join MIT in our quest to address some of the many challenges we share as a global community. As a benefit, partners often enjoy special access to MIT’s research community and the chance to develop collaborative projects with MIT faculty and students.

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Additional Questions?

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Email us at misti [at] (misti[at]mit[dot]edu).