One of the things I love most about France is its amazing spirit of innovation—I definitely hope to continue my scientific studies and research there in the future.

Sasha Churikova, Summer Internship in Paris for EDF (Électricité de France)

Gain a deeper understanding of your host environment, connect with peers, and make a positive impact on the world around you.

Here are a few ideas on how:

  • Undertake a public service project abroad, in addition to your MISTI experience. It's a great way to meet people and get a better understanding of your host culture and the challenges it faces.
  • Attend an in-country MISTI seminar. Reach out to your program manager for country-specific opportunities.
  • Meet with the president and members of your local MIT alumni club. MIT alumni abroad include business leaders, researchers, public figures and fascinating people like Benjamin Netanyahu and Kofi Annan. You'll be in good company, and you’re almost guaranteed to learn something new!

Remember, we want to hear from you! Learning about your experience could be the perfect way to inspire another student to apply for a MISTI trip.

  • Complete a reflection about your experience (typically a report or PowerPoint presentation, and you can use a template provided by your program manager).
  • Complete the post-MISTI survey (you will receive the link by email).
  • Send your photos, videos, and/or a link to your blog to misti [at] (misti[at]mit[dot]edu)

Your adventure doesn’t have to end once your plane lands back home. MISTI is here to help you continue the journey in lots of different ways

All MISTI alumni are encouraged to apply for another MISTI program — explore another country or research area that inspires you.


The MAIS is designed to help you integrate a practical, applied international experience into a coherent course of study. The minor is built around four key principles:

  • Local understanding with a global perspective
  • Theory combined with in-the-field experience
  • Applied cross-cultural communication skills
  • Independent research skills
  • The result is a comprehensive plan of study that allows students to gain the skills necessary for a productive, sustainable career in the global economy.

Learn more about the Minor in Applied International Studies.


Do you love talking about everything you learned and did during your MISTI experience? Become a MISTI Ambassador!

MISTI Ambassadors play a vital role in helping us spread the word about MISTI to students, faculty and potential donors. Ambassadors serve a one-year term and typically attend one or two MISTI events per semester.

Let your program manager know if you're interested in becoming a MISTI Ambassador.

Even after you graduate from MIT, you can stay connected to MISTI and your global community.

  • MISTI and CAPD can help you apply for grad school abroad or consider your international career options.
  • If you are interested in building your network within a specific country, explore the Institute's alumni network to learn about MIT alumni living in that region.

Would you like to help us grow and strengthen MISTI? Learn how you can get involved after you leave MIT, such as by hosting an MIT student intern at your organization or providing support to create more global experiences for students.