MIT has long maintained fruitful partnerships and collaborations with leading educational institutions in the region and around the world. Major programs include:
Cross-registration with Other Schools
Cooperative arrangements enable MIT undergraduate and graduate students to take subjects for credit at Harvard University and Wellesley College without paying additional tuition. Wellesley operates a free weekday bus service between its campus and the Institute. Further agreements exist between specific departments and programs at MIT and their counterparts at Boston University, Brandeis University, Tufts University, the Massachusetts College of Art, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Students taking advantage of these programs may enroll only in specified subjects.
Study Abroad / Domestic Study Away
Through Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away programs, students can spend a summer, a semester, or a year at another academic institution. MIT manages the Cambridge–MIT Exchange Program, MIT–Spain (spring term only), IAP language programs, and departmental exchanges. Students also can choose from a wide range of direct enrollment and third-party provider programs. Financial aid is portable for credit-bearing study abroad. For more information, see http://web.mit.edu/studyabroad/.
The Cambridge–MIT Exchange (CME) program, in its seventh year of operation, allows MIT juniors to study for a year at the University of Cambridge, England, while Cambridge undergraduates spend a year at MIT. CME was initially formed by the Cambridge–MIT Institute, a strategic alliance between MIT and the University of Cambridge. At present, 14 MIT departments participate in CME. During the 2007–2008 academic year, students from nine MIT departments are studying at the University of Cambridge. See http://web.mit.edu/cmi/ue/ for more details.
Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
The Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) is among the largest biomedical engineering and physician/scientist training programs in the US, with more than 400 students enrolled in its eight graduate-level programs, a faculty of 60, an affiliated faculty of over 200, and more than 1,200 alumni occupying leadership positions in academia, industry, and government. The longest ongoing collaboration of MIT and Harvard and its affiliated hospitals, HST offers educational programs and research initiatives that integrate the biological and physical sciences, engineering, technology, and medicine to solve problems in biology and human health.
HST's research enterprise is committed to exploring the fundamental principles underlying health and disease and seeking new pharmaceuticals and devices to reduce human suffering. HST's three major research areas—biomedical imaging, biomedical informatics and integrative biology, and regenerative and functional biomedical technologies—capitalize on its multidisciplinary strengths and are critically important to advances in biology and health.
MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives
The MISTI programs promote international education at MIT. MISTI is modeled on the MIT–Japan Program, established in 1981 to promote closer ties among scientists, engineers, and industrial managers in the United States and Japan. Today, MISTI operates through eight country programs in China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Spain. Currently, more than 250 undergraduate and graduate students from all courses of study at MIT participate in MISTI programs each year.
In particular, MISTI offers internships in foreign companies and laboratories, provides students with study-abroad options, and supports faculty collaborations with researchers abroad. Conferences, workshops, and talks organized by MISTI create a forum for international learning and research at MIT. MISTI is also involved in new educational initiatives, such as OpenCourseWare, and works with corporations, governments, and not-for-profit organizations around the world to internationalize industry, education, and research. See http://mit.edu/misti/.
MIT–Woods Hole Joint Program in Oceanography and Applied Ocean Science and Engineering
MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution jointly offer doctor of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in chemical oceanography, marine geology, marine geophysics, physical oceanography, applied ocean science and engineering, and biological oceanography. They also offer master's programs and professional degrees in some disciplines.
MIT–Zaragoza International Logistics Program
The MIT–Zaragoza International Logistics Program is a research and education partnership of MIT, the University of Zaragoza (Spain), the government of Aragón, and industry sponsors. The program is hosted by the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), a research institute associated with the University of Zaragoza, which is constructing its new building in a state-of-the-art logistics park that will be the largest in Europe. Research initiatives link MIT and ZLC researchers with this large-scale industrial laboratory to develop new concepts and technologies. Educational programs, taught in English, include master's and PhD degrees and executive education courses.
The Singapore–MIT Alliance (SMA) is an innovative engineering education and research collaboration by three premier academic institutions: MIT, the National University of Singapore, and the Nanyang Technological University. SMA promotes global education and research in engineering and the life sciences through distance education technology. SMA-2 offers graduate programs in advanced materials for micro- and nano-systems, chemical and pharmaceutical engineering, computational engineering, manufacturing systems and technology, and computational and systems biology. To participate in the program, students apply separately to MIT and one of the Singapore universities. If admitted independently to both, students are eligible to apply for an SMA graduate fellowship. All SMA students spend at least one semester at MIT.