MIT Study Abroad Programs


See the information below about MIT study abroad programs. Apply to an MIT study abroad program through the Terra Dotta application system. For more information, email

MIT students can use their financial aid and get academic credit for some non-MIT study abroad programs as well. To learn about non-credit internshipsresearch, and service opportunities abroad visit other MIT offices.

Imperial College Exchanges

MIT has two exchange programs with Imperial College London, a Summer Research Exchange and a Semester/Year Academic Exchange.

Departmental Exchange Programs

In addition to managing the study abroad programs above, MISTI assists MIT departments with departmental exchange programs.


Spend fall or spring semester in Spain studying in your major at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). Financial aid can be applied and you can earn academic credit. Some participants also set up internships.

IAP Programs Abroad

Take an MIT course abroad over January's Independent Activities Period. Scholarships are available.

When to Study Abroad

Study abroad when it best suits your academic and personal goals. We recommend that you begin planning and meet with MISTI for advising during your first year. Exchanges are typically designed for a semester or year-long program in the third year. For IAP or summer programs, you may participate as early as your first year or the summer before your second year.

Interested in studying abroad fall semester of sophomore year? Complete the MISTI application process in your first year by the deadline (programs have variable deadlines). The MISTI approval process for fall sophomores includes advisor approval and a letter of recommendation. MISTI approval to study abroad will be contingent on review of first year spring grades.

Interested in studying abroad spring of senior year? Consider the academic calendar where you plan to study. Calendars often do not synchronize with MIT commencement, transcripts from study abroad will be issued after the MIT grade deadlines, and credit transfer will not be finalized by the end of the MIT term. MISTI recommends studying abroad spring of senior year only if the subjects taken and credit received are not required for graduation (i.e. you are cleared for graduation prior to your term abroad) and you accept that most likely you will not be able to attend commencement back at MIT.