MISTI Global Teaching Labs (GTL) gives MIT students the opportunity to learn through teaching while sharing MIT's unique approach to education with partner high schools around the world.

Through MISTI GTL, MIT students are matched with foreign high school hosts for three weeks in January. Selected participants are trained about teaching materials, platforms and communication techniques, and introduced to the education system and culture of their host country. At each location the students prepare tailored courses on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects that complement the school's curriculum and highlight MIT's hands-on approach to education. Subjects taught, style of teaching and type of accommodation vary by country.

GTL is a high impact program. Returning MIT students report excellent experiences and a greater self-confidence stemming from a deeper understanding of the subjects they taught and new ease with cultural differences. Host schools relish the firsthand exposure to MIT’s Mens et Manus culture and access to online learning materials.


  • Discover a hands-on global classroom experience
  • Learn about different education systems and experiential teaching
  • Improve oral communication and develop tools to adapt and improvise
  • Create lasting relationships with host family and local communities
  • Explore teaching and build skills to become a TA for an MIT course
  • Gain confidence with different cultural styles and contexts


  • Grow student interest in STEM topics
  • Introduce new subjects or reinforce traditional ones with hands-on teaching
  • Become familiar with experiential methodology, MIT teaching practice and online resources
  • Learn about MIT campus research and American university system
  • Connect with MIT programs designed for high school science teachers


The application for the January 2019 program will close at 11:59 pm on Sep. 20, 2018. Apply here.

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