The MIT-Spain Program

Living and working in Spain offers a unique opportunity to explore the country’s diverse regional cultures, varied landscapes, architectural gems and advances in engineering and technology; all while experiencing Spain’s approach to work-life balance. 

MIT-Spain student opportunities include internships at leading companies, universities, and research institutes throughout the year, hands-on STEM teaching at Spanish high schools during IAP or a semester study abroad at the Universidad Carlos III de Marid (UC3M).

The MIT-Spain Seed Funds facilitates dozens of research collaborations between MIT faculty and their Spanish counterparts.

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. 

Opportunities are usually 8-12 weeks for the summer depending on the host and longer placements can be arranged.

To apply, must complete Launchpad Application and then set up advisory meeting via calendly.

If you are a first year student, you are required to attend an info session prior to setting up an individual advisory meeting (sessions welcome all students).

  • Open to MIT undergrads, graduating seniors and graduate students in all disciplines that meet program requirements
  • GPA 4.0 or better
  • One recommendation letter
  • Relevant experience (UROPs, internships, etc.)
  • First Years
    • Must have a UROP in the fall or IAP and/or previous internship or research experience prior to application deadline
  • Undergraduates:
    • Spanish IV or equivalent proficiency
    • One class on Spanish culture, history or society is recommended
  • Graduate students: 
    • No language requirement; basic Spanish strongly recommended
    • Culture class recommended

Check out the MIT Global Languages website for course availability and offerings 

  • Informational meetings are available year-round
  • Complete the MISTI Launchpad Application – application will open in the fall
  • Interview with Country Program Manager – October to February (as soon as MISTI Launchpad Application is complete)
  • Select MIT-Spain as your top choice in the MISTI launchpad
  • Application deadlines
    • Upperclassmen and grad students: December 1st, rolling thereafter
    • 1st years: Feb. 15th
  • Once approved, complete the County-Specific Application – Deadline set by MIT-Spain Manager, typically within 2 weeks of acceptance. Country Program Manager begins to explore potential hosts once complete.
  • Internship matching process – January to March
  • Mandatory Pre-Departure Sessions – Late March to Early May

How to Apply

Funding: Accepted students will receive a basic living stipend for airfare, food and accommodation.


Preparation: Once matched with a host, students must attend MISTI prep & training sessions and a checkout meeting with the program manager. The mandatory training sessions will address topics in Spanish culture and society, as well as practical information about living in Spain, and will be held during the spring semester. There will also be some materials and resources to review on Canvas.

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 different cultural backgrounds, all while sharing MIT's unique approach to science and engineering education with high school students around the world.

Do you want to know more?

January 2025 dates:

Teaching dates:  January 9th – January 30th

Travel dates:  arrive to host families 1-2 days in advance of program start date

MISTI GTL Information Session:

Tuesday, September 10th at 5:00pm – Location TBD

Application deadline: TBD

  • Open to any MIT student (sophomore and above) willing to fully commit to a challenging teaching project
  • Intermediate conversational Spanish language skills required
  • GPA 4.0 or better
  • Must be able to demonstrate practical teaching experience and/or interest in education
  • Enthusiasm, positive attitude and flexibility are a plus!
  • Students will be selected based on the following criteria:
    • Knowledge of subject matter
      • Adaptability
      • Leadership ability
      • Communication skills
      • Interest in/experience with teaching
      • Interest in host country
      • Fit with team/program
  • Submit MIST GTL online application 
  • The program manager will review applications and hold interviews in the following weeks with a final selection made by the end of October
  • For general deadlines, please refer to the MISTI GTL page.
  • Please note, due to the high number of applications, individual appointments will not be accepted for the GTL Spain program

Sept:  Submit MISTI GTL online application

Oct: Pre-selected students are invited by email 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.

Students will teach subjects such as biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, math, and robotics. MIT-Spain connects with public, private and semi-private schools in large cities as well as small towns. 

Students are paired with a mentor teacher with whom they will develop a teaching plan to support the current curriculum and teach up to 20 hours/week.  Some schools ask MIT students to create workshops with a final presentation at the end of the teaching period.   All students live with host families associated with the school they are teaching at.

Students are expected to attend November training sessions on teaching skills and Spanish culture and education.

Some of the locations include Madrid and surrounding towns, Barcelona and surrounding towns, the Balearic Island of Mallorca, and the Principality of Andorra.

MIT student with Spanish students

Study Abroad in Madrid

Direct enroll at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) for the fall, spring, or the full academic year. UC3M was established in 1989 with a focus on research. It has a wide diversity of Spanish students and international students.  

Click here to learn more about UC3M.

And visit the MISTI Study Abroad page to learn more about spending a semester or year abroad!

Take a virtual tour online!


Applicants for UC3M need to be:

  • Have a GPA of 4.0 or above
  • In good academic standing
  • In good judicial standing
  • Up to date with the Communication Requirement
  • Up to date with HASS courses

Contact MISTI if you have questions about your particular situation.


Complete your application for UC3M through the MISTI Portal. Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by MISTI. You may be invited to a ~30 minute informal interview. Following the interview, you will receive a decision on your application and be given two weeks to confirm your space on the program.

How to Apply

Financial Aid:

Financial aid can be used to study abroad during academic terms. Awards will be adjusted based on expenses such as airfare, living expenses, and local tuition costs. Students should meet with their financial aid counselor and a MISTI Program Manager at least one term before they go abroad to start planning how aid will be affected. MISTI and Student Financial Services will work together to gather and verify cost information . Based on this information, financial aid counselors will advise students on their adjusted financial aid packages and process any refunds accordingly.


Click here to learn more about external study abroad scholarships.

Spain is the 4th largest Eurozone economy with a parliamentary constitutional monarchy. Madrid itself is the capital of Spain and has a rich historic, artistic and cultural heritage; it is home to some of the best art museums in the world. Additionally, the Madrid Community region includes historic municipalities such as Alcala de Henares, Aranjuez, or El Escorial, and it is very near the monumental cities of Segovia and Toledo. As it is located in the center of Spain, traveling to other regions within the country is convenient.

students in front of Madrid palace

Bridging the language barriers in health

MISTI Better World Story 2018: Teaching at CFP in Andorra!

Meet Your Program Manager

Alicia Goldstein Raun Photo

Get in touch with Alicia Goldstein Raun, Managing Director for MIT-Spain, to get your questions answered.

Global Seed Funds for MIT-Spain

The MIT-Spain Seed Funds promote new, cutting-edge research collaborations and help to deepen partnerships between MIT faculty and researchers and their Spanish counterparts.

Spain is fast becoming a leader in innovation and generating advanced solutions in the industries of aerospace, renewable energies, water treatment, rail, biotechnology, industrial machinery and civil engineering.

View past Spain Seed Fund awardees.

Learn more about the Spain Seed Fund

INDITEX logo square
Zara Offices

MIT-Spain INDITEX Circularity Seed Fund

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports new collaborations between faculty and students at MIT and their counterparts in universities and research institutions in Spain. The maximum award is $30,000.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Spanish participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and Spanish teams
  • involve undergraduate and graduate students

Purpose of the proposals should be linked to:

  • Sustainable fabrics & raw materials
  • Textile-to-textile recycling technologies
  • Sustainable logistics
  • Water or energy textile processes optimization
  • Improve textile maintenance
  • Optimize biodegradability
  • Traceability at yarn level

The MIT-Spain INDITEX Circularity Seed Fund is a part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.

UPM logo (circle)

MIT-Spain Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Seed Fund

The MIT-Spain Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Seed Fund is a part of MISTI Global Seed Funds. All general MISTI Global Seed Funds criteria, application and evaluation procedures apply.

Through an annual call for proposals, the fund primarily supports travel costs for exchange between a team at MIT and colleagues at The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

The Spanish colleague(s) must be identified in the proposal. The maximum award is $30,000.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • propose a balanced exchange between the MIT and Spanish participants
  • demonstrate complementarity between the MIT and Spanish teams
  • involve undergraduate and graduate students

Our Partners

IQS Logo              INDITEX Logo              UPM Logo 
             Fundacion Rafael del Pino Logo             Fundacio Trams Logo                la Caixa Logo
Andorra Logo