Study abroad for the summer, semester, or year

Seize your opportunity for academic exploration and hands-on learning while you earn college credit from universities around the world. Through immersive study abroad experiences both inside and outside of the classroom, you’ll gain insights you simply can’t get on campus at MIT. 

No matter where in the world you land, you will receive comprehensive support from MISTI staff to ensure academic fit and to help you prepare culturally and professionally for your exciting time studying abroad.

Exchange Programs

MISTI Exchange Programs involve the exchange of students between MIT and a university overseas. Students pay MIT tuition and the host university room and board, and financial aid will be applied. For the Imperial Summer exchange, MIT students receive departmental funding (including airfare and housing).

  • Good academic standing (4.3 GPA minimum)
  • Submit a MISTI application, along with a personal statement, reference letter, and transcript, and complete an interview with department major and MISTI
  • Completion of pre-departure prep and training sessions

Before your study abroad, you’ll attend MISTI prep and training sessions designed to help you make the most of your experience.

  • You will pay MIT tuition and the host university room and board.
  • Financial aid will be applied. For the Imperial Summer exchange, MIT students receive departmental funding (including airfare and housing).

Deadlines

  • Fall, Spring, Academic Year: March 7
  • Imperial College London Summer: February 1

Instructions

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

Contact studyabroad [at] mit.edu (Isabelle Bitman) with any questions.

Pre-approved direct enroll programs

MISTI Direct Enroll Programs require students to enroll directly at a university abroad. Students will pay full tuition, housing, and board to the host university. Financial aid will travel with you for semester and year programs.

  • Good academic standing (4.0 GPA minimum)
  • Submit a MISTI application (application, personal statement, reference letter, transcript) and complete an interview
  • Receive approval from MISTI for the host institution selected
  • Submit an application to the host institution and be accepted
  • Completion of pre-departure prep and training sessions
  • Some programs may require language proficiency

Before you study abroad, you’ll attend MISTI Prep and Training sessions designed to help you make the most of your experience.

  • You will pay full tuition, housing, and board to the host university.
  • Your financial aid will travel with you for semester and year programs.

Deadlines

  • Fall, Spring (certain programs), Academic Year, Summer: April 1
  • Spring: October 15

Instructions

  • Apply directly to the host university/program provider by their program deadline. (Their deadline may be earlier than the MISTI deadline.) 
  • 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.
  • MISTI will be in touch regarding an interview with the applicable Program Manager.

Contact studyabroad [at] mit.edu (Isabelle Bitman) with any questions.

Paying for study abroad

You can use your financial aid to study abroad during academic terms. Awards will be adjusted based on expenses such as airfare, living expenses, and local tuition costs. 

You should meet with your financial aid counselor and a MISTI Program Manager at least one term before you go abroad to start planning how your aid will be affected. MISTI and Student Financial Services will work together to gather and verify cost information, and we will advise you on your adjusted financial aid package and process any refunds accordingly.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides scholarship opportunities of up to $5,000 for U.S. students on Pell Grants to help fund study abroad experiences for the summer, fall, spring, or full year. In 2010, the Gilman program launched a new summer scholarship program for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships offer up to $20,000 for U.S. undergraduate students interested in language studies in areas of the world that are underrepresented by many study abroad programs. Boren offers similar fellowships to graduate students.

Boren launched a special summer initiative for STEM majors. The scholarships fund up to $8,000 for summer study (minimum eight weeks).

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)

Freeman-ASIA provides up to $7,000 in need-based funding to assist U.S. undergraduate students with the cost of the study abroad program and related expenses, including airfare, basic living costs, local transportation, books, etc.

The Bridging Scholarship

The Bridging Scholarship program provides 60 scholarships to U.S. students interested in studying in Japan. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program are eligible to apply. Recipients will receive stipends ranging from $2,500 to $4,000, depending on the length of their study program.

China Government Scholarships

The Chinese government offers the China Government Scholarship to provide full funding for a select group of MIT students to study in China for one semester or one year. Interested students should contact MISTI at misti [at] mit.edu () for further information.

The Critical Language Scholarships

The Critical Language Scholarships program provides 7–10 weeks of group-based overseas foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences for U.S. citizens who are students at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels.

Morgan Stanley Japan

Morgan Stanley Japan awards two $7,500 scholarships per year to undergraduate students studying abroad in Japan who have an interest in economics and international finance and have been accepted to study in Japan for the full academic year. Applicants must submit an essay on a designated public policy topic with their application.

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