Study abroad is one of the popular ways students at MIT go abroad, along with international internships, research and service.
Searching for Study Abroad Programs
Finding a study abroad program that fits your academic, career and personal goals isn’t always easy. There are so many options to choose from! It helps to start with some idea of what you want to study and/or where you want to go.
There are three main ways to study abroad:
- Participate in an MIT Study Abroad program, including departmental exchanges
- Directly apply to a university abroad
- Apply to a non-MIT study abroad program
While the best way to search for study abroad opportunities is with the help of a global advisor, you can use our Horizons database to get started.
There are many ways to make study abroad affordable. Financial aid can be used for semesters abroad and many scholarships exist to offset costs like tuition, fees, airfare and housing. See our resources about funding study abroad for more information.
Benefits of Study Abroad
Living in another country and culture can help you understand different values, assumptions, attitudes, and work styles. Plus it’s a great opportunity to develop personally, academically, and professionally.
Participating in a study abroad program can give you an edge after you graduate. Employers want globally aware graduates!
Studying abroad gives you:
- Increased confidence
- Ability to adapt to new environments
- New academic perspectives
- Ability to balance academic and non-academic interests
- Improved self-awareness
- Broadened appreciation for other cultures and viewpoints
- Improved second-language skills