Support for Existing Programs

MISTI partners with departments for these services for existing study abroad programs and academic exchanges:


MISTI helps recruit students through departmental channels and through general events and advertising.


MISTI typically manages the admissions process for the programs in collaboration with the academic departments.

Academic Preparation

MISTI can assist with accessing course information at host universities and with the pre-approval of transfer credit. The office can help MIT students with course information on courses abroad and incoming exchange students with choosing MIT courses. MISTI also works with transfer credit examiners to facilitate pre-approval of transfer credit before students leave MIT.

Periodic Program Review

MISTI assists in the review and approval process for the memoranda of agreement and initiates and facilitates period reviews.


In addition, MISTI provides the following services to students:

Visa Support for Students

MISTI can assist MIT students with the visa process and coordinates visa paperwork for exchange students coming to MIT from foreign partner universities.


MISTI works with MIT Housing to secure residences for incoming exchange students and collaborates with foreign partners to secure housing for MIT students on study abroad programs and exchanges.


Organizing pre-departure orientations for MIT students as well as campus orientations for incoming exchange students is also a MISTI service.

Student Advising and Assistance

MISTI helps track students’ academic progress abroad and assists with resolving issues that arise during their experience abroad.

Welcome-Back Programming and Advising

MISTI organizes welcome-back sessions for program participants and works with students individually to receive their feedback about the study abroad experience and to help them with the transfer credit process.