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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
  • Two recommendation letters.
  • Relevant experience (UROPs, internships, etc.).
  • Study of French or German encouraged
  • Completion of a Swiss or European culture class encouraged

2 semesters of French or German (or equivalent)

Mandatory completion of a course on country prep training course list.

  • 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-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”

  • Study Abroad Application
  • Interview
  • Minimum GPA of 4.5
  • 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.

Direct Enroll:

  1. Apply directly to the host university/program provider by their program deadline. (Their deadline may be earlier than the MISTI deadline.) 
  2. Apply to MISTI for MIT approval to study abroad before the deadline for the term you wish to study. Go to the MISTI Portal, find your program or use the Direct Enroll General Application to apply.
  3. MISTI will be in touch regarding an interview with the applicable Program Manager.

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.

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

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