Go Abroad

Apply to the Program of Your Choice

The first step you should take before applying to any study abroad program is to discuss your interests with Global Education. To set up an appointment, please email us at studyabroad@mit.edu or call us at 617-324-7239.

As you explore your options, talk to your academic advisor, the appropriate departmental transfer credit examiners, and other students who have studied abroad.

Applying for any study abroad program takes advance planning to ensure that the program fits your academic needs, that you have all of the required forms completed, and that you have enough time to get a student visa if you need one! Here are the application procedures by program:

MIT-Managed Programs

You can apply online for the Cambridge-MIT Exchange (CME), the MIT-Madrid program, and the IAP-Madrid program through MIT Horizons, an application and travel information system. Before applying, you should first check the specific eligibility requirements and deadlines for your program:

Once you’re ready, you can apply on the MIT Horizons website.  Please note that the first time you use Horizons, you will need to establish a password, which will be sent to your MIT e-mail address. Once you start an application, you can log back in at any time to complete it.

Departmental Exchanges

Please meet with the faculty coordinator of the exchange program to discuss application procedures and deadlines.

Direct Enrollment Programs

Every university sets its own policies for direct enrollment applications and there are varied levels of support and services for visiting students, so it is best to plan well in advance.

If you are interested in directly enrolling in a university in France, please contact  colleagues at MIT France who can help you understand the options and requirements for pursuing study at several of France’s most respected institutions, including l'École Polytechnique.

  • For universities in Germany, contact colleagues at MIT Germany.
  • For universities in Israel, contact colleagues at MIT Israel .
  • For universities in other countries, please email Global Education.

Outside Provider Programs

Each provider has its own application requirements and deadlines. Many providers require the approval of a study abroad advisor before the application can be considered complete. Please visit Global Education for more information.