When You Return

Transitioning Back to MIT

You are back from an enriching, challenging, and exciting study abroad experience. Here are ways you can keep connected and continue to build on your experiences:

Welcome back workshops

Many students who went abroad want to talk about their experiences. Sharing your thoughts with other students who have also studied abroad is a great way to do that. Returned students are invited to a Welcome Back Workshop at the beginning of each term to reflect on academic and personal experiences.

In addition to the workshop, you can attend the annual New England Study Abroad Re-Entry Conference where students from universities around the region discuss their experiences. This conference usually takes place in late February.

Be a Catalyst for study abroad

Returned study abroad students are the best ambassadors. Share your experience with prospective study abroad students across your academic area, living groups, and student groups. Share photos, videos, and stories with MISTI for use in newsletters and promotions.

Career Connections

Learn how to articulate your study-abroad experiences on your resume and in job interviews. Meet with a Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD) staff member to make your applications for internships or professional positions more competitive.

Transfer Credit

To receive transfer credit for your study abroad coursework, meet with the transfer credit examiner in each department granting you credit. Have your official transcript from your program sent to MISTI. Gather the syllabi, graded papers and exams, reading lists, and other relevant information from your courses and a Request for Additional Credit Form (pdf). The completed form must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by the drop date of your first term back.

Transfer credit will be processed when both your transcript and the signed Request for Additional Credit Form have been received by the Registrar's Office. Transfer credit will appear on your MIT record with a grade of S, rather than a letter grade. This grade is not used in computing your term or cumulative grade point average, but the credit will count toward your Institute requirements. If you apply to graduate school in the future, we can write a letter describing your coursework and participation in the program. A guide to receiving transfer credit can be found here.