Apply to CME


The upcoming 2016-17 year will be the last year of the Cambridge-MIT Exchange (CME).  The information below is for students already admitted to the 2016-17 academic year program.

Your Department and CME

The Cambridge-MIT Exchange is a junior-year study abroad program open to students in 14 MIT departments.  Check the list below to find out if your department works with CME.

You should meet as early as possible with the CME faculty and administrative coordinators in your major (or intended major) to discuss how to plan for CME and to understand specific departmental eligibility requirements.

Faculty and Administrative Coordinators:



Aeronautics and Astronautics (16)

Prof. Steven Barrett

Ms. Marie Stuppard

Biology (7)

Dr. Janice Chang

Brain & Cognitive Science (9)

Prof. Laura Schulz

Ms. Susan Lanza

Chemical Engineering (10)

Dr. Barry Johnston

Ms. Suzanne Maguire

Chemistry (5)

Prof. Troy Van Voorhis

Dr. Jennifer Weisman

Civil & Environmental Engineering (1)

Prof. Andrew Whittle

Ms. Stephanie Bright

Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (12)

Prof. Samuel Bowring

Dr. Vicki McKenna

Economics (14)

Dr. Sara Ellison

Mr. Gary King

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (6)

Prof. Tayo Akinwande- Engineering

Prof. Hal Abelson Computer Lab

Ms. Anne Hunter

History (21H)

Prof. Eric Goldberg

Mr. Charles Munger

Mathematics (18)

Prof. Haynes Miller

Ms. Debbie Bower

Mechanical Engineering (2)

Prof. Gareth McKinley

Ms. Brandy Baker

Physics (8)

Prof. Tom Greytak

Ms. Catherine Modica


Starting the Application Process

Start planning for CME as early as your freshman year. To learn more from people who have done the exchange, you can attend a CME information session.  Then you should meet with the faculty and administrative coordinators in your major to plan.      

In the fall semester of your sophomore year, attend a CME departmental information session that focuses on academic requirements and course options at Cambridge.

Once you have met with your departmental coordinators, plan to meet with the director of the program.

At the end of the fall semester of your sophomore year, you can begin applying to CME through MIT-Horizons. Complete your application online and have a faculty member or advisor write you a letter of reference.

In certain departments, a personal interview is also required; be sure to ask the CME faculty coordinator about this. 

Application Deadline

The 2016-17 year will be the last year of the Cambridge-MIT Exchange (CME). The University of Cambridge has decided to end the program due to changes in UK tuition regulations and ending corporate sponsorship.  The information online is for students already admitted to the 2016-17 academic year program.

While CME may no longer be an option for MIT stuents interested in going abroad, there are many other MIT global programs you can consider.  Global Education manages other study abroad programs in the UK and other countries, and the office also works with students who either enroll directly at foreign universities or in programs offered by external providers.  Global Education staff is excited to advise you if you are interested in going abroad but are unsure what opportunities exist or what kind of opportunity is right for you. You can email the office at with questions or to set up an appointment.


Selection for the exchange is based on the progress you have made in your major, your statement of purpose, your letter of reference, and the department's recommendation. We want to make sure that CME and the learning environment at Cambridge are a good fit for you. There is no set number of students admitted by each department.