Germany offers a world-renowned system of education, policy-driven support of innovation and technology, and a culture of combining theoretical and practical experience. Each year 80-100 MIT students work with our partners in Germany. Projects are hands-on and student contributions can lead to patents, publications, and new technologies.

Program Opportunities


MISTI’s award-winning international internship program provides a one-of-a-kind, world-class experience for MIT students: the opportunity to gain real-life work experience in leading companies and labs around the world. Best of all, all expenses are paid, including airfare.

MIT-Germany connects students with top research and industry partners in Germany.

Please note, the MIT-Germany program is now CLOSED to new applications for Summer 2023, with the exception of our research internship program in chemistry in Regensburg, Germany.

  • Mandatory Pre-Departure Preparation  
  • Minimum GPA of 4.0
  • Completion of a course on country prep training course list encouraged
  • Encouraged to take German language courses
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Relevant experience, in the form of UROPs, etc.

Please note, applications to the MIT-Germany program are CLOSED for Summer 2023.  The following is a general schedule for our program:

  • Informational meetings are available year-round. Contact program lead to schedule.
  • Complete the MISTI Launchpad Application – By December 1st, rolling thereafter until March 15th
  • Schedule official Interview with Country Program Manager – September to March 15th (Schedule interview as soon as MISTI Launchpad Application is complete)
  • Commit to MIT-Germany Program – Latest By March 21st
  • Once approved, complete the County-Specific Application – April 1 at the absolute latest.
  • Internship matching process – September to April 15, rolling thereafter. 
  • Mandatory Pre-Departure Sessions – Mid-April to Late May
  • September 1 – Complete report

How to Apply

Global Teaching Labs

Learn through teaching. GTL challenges MIT students to synthesize and present what they know, work in a team, and communicate with peers of a different cultural background, all while sharing MIT's unique approach to science and engineering education with high school students around the world. GTLs are often thematic and offered in several country options per IAP.

A unique opportunity for students to teach STEM subjects in German high schools during the January IAP term.

  • Minimum GPA of 4.0
  • Teaching experience and strong interest in education
  • Interview
  • Mandatory pre-departure preparation
  • Oct: Pre-selected students are invited to interview shortly after application deadline.
  • Nov - Dec: Students selected to participate will attend pre-departure trainings.
  • Jan: Most GTL programs take place during the last three weeks.
  • Feb: Students attend a mandatory re-entry session upon return.

How to Apply

Global Startup Labs

Through Global Startup Labs (GSL), MIT student teams teach app development and entrepreneurship among budding university students around the world.

MIT-Germany teams lead technology entrepreneurship workshops in collaboration with the University of Regensburg.

  • GSL Application
  • Interview
  • Minimum GPA of 4.0
  • Mandatory Pre-Departure preparation
  • Encouraged to attend all MIT-Africa Forum events.
  • Familiarity with entrepreneurship and/or engineering teaching methodologies 


Study Abroad

In collaboration with the MIT Global Education Office and German Language Department, MISTI advises students about the best exchange programs based on their interest and skills.


Discover additional opportunities to research and study in Germany. Open to undergrads, grad students, postdocs, faculty, and more.

More Information

More information for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

Global Seed Funds for MIT-Germany

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MISTI's Global Seed Funds program supports MIT's global engagement by promoting collaborations between MIT faculty and researchers and their counterparts abroad.

Meet Your Program Manager

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Get in touch with Justin Leahey, Managing Director for MIT-Germany, for more information.