Direct Enroll and Provider Study Abroad Programs

In addition to MIT instructor-led study abroad programs and departmental exchanges, you may also consider studying abroad through direct enrollment at a university abroad or through a study abroad program provider for MIT transfer credit.

Direct Enrollment in University Abroad

Direct enrollment allows MIT students access to universities all over the world to complement and expand the coursework offered at MIT. You may consider studying abroad in IAP, summer, semester, or academic year through direct enrollment programs.

Some examples of direct enroll programs include:




Each university sets its own policies for direct enrollment applications and there are varying levels of support and services for visiting students, so it is best to consult with MISTI in an advising appointment and plan well in advance.

Direct enroll opportunities can be found by searching in our Terra Dotta application system (in partnership with MISTI); search by location, term, or major or simply 'direct enroll.' If you have any questions, please email us at

How to Apply

There is a two-step application process for Direct Enrollment or Provider programs:

  1. Apply directly to the host university/program provider by their program deadline 
  2. Apply for MIT approval to study abroad through MISTI by the deadline for the term you wish to study. Go to MIT's Terra Dotta application system (shared with MISTI), find your program (or use the Direct Enroll General Application), and apply

MISTI Application Deadlines for Direct Enroll or Provider Programs

IAP or Spring abroad: October 15

Summer, Fall or Academic Year abroad: April 1

When to Study Abroad

Study abroad when it best suits your academic and personal goals. Begin planning and meet with MISTI for advising during your first year. For IAP and summer programs, you may participate as early as your first year or the summer before your second year. For semester or year-long opportunities, these are most commonly undertaken in the third year.

Interested in studying abroad fall semester of sophomore year? Complete the MISTI and program 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 a 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.