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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.

We offer a variety of student opportunities across Switzerland, including both research and industry internships and study abroad, with top research and industry partners.


  • Mandatory pre-departure preparation
  • Minimum GPA of 4.0
  • 1 letter of recommendation
  • Relevant experience (UROPs, internships, etc.)
  • Two semesters or equivalent of German, French, or Italian 
  • Completion of a Swiss or European culture class encouraged 

Two semesters or equivalent of German, French, or Italian.

German courses and French courses at MIT. 


17.156 Welfare and Capitalism in Western Europe

17.389 Education, Inequality, and Politics

17.401 History of International Politics in the Modern World

17.561 European Politics

21G.019 Communicating Across Cultures

21G.058/21G.418/21A.132[J] Race and Migration in Europe

21G.059 Paradigms of European Thought and Culture

21G.308 Writing (Like the) French

21G.310 French Conversation: Intensive Practice

21G.312 Basic Themes in French Literature and Culture

21G.321 Childhood and Youth in French and Francophone Cultures

21G.405 Intermediate German: Intensive Study of Language and Culture

21H.001 How to Stage a Revolution

21H.133 The Medieval World

21H.141 Renaissance to Revolution: Europe, 1300-1800

21H.143[J] The "Making" of Modern Europe: 1789-Present

Coursera: Géopolitique de l’Europe (in French) Géopolitique de l’Europe

Coursera:  The Modern and the Postmodern The Modern and the Postmodern

Coursera:  Understanding Europe Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

STS.025J/21H.285J Making the Modern World: The Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective

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 1. 
  • Schedule official interview with Country Program Manager – September to February 1st (Schedule interview as soon as MISTI Launchpad Application is complete)
  • Commit to MIT-Switzerland 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

How to Apply

Course 2 and Course 6 students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange with ETH Zurich, “the MIT of Europe”.

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

  • Study Abroad Application
  • Interview
  • Minimum GPA of 4.3
  • Mandatory Pre-departure Preparation

Students must be majoring in Course 2 or Course 6


  1. Apply for MIT exchange for the term you wish to study. Go to the MISTI Portal, find your program, and apply before the deadline.
  2. MISTI will be in touch regarding an interview with the applicable MISTI Program Manager and major department.

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.

Additional opportunities to research and study in Switzerland.  Open to undergrads, grad students, postdocs, faculty, and more.

More information for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

Meet Your Program Manager

Headshot of Justin Leahey

Get in touch with Justin Leahey, Managing Director for MIT-Germany, or with Amanda Tragert, MIT-Germany Program Assistant, for more information.