Study abroad offers an opportunity for enrichment that goes beyond formal classroom education. Each semester, MIT students enroll in academic programs at foreign institutions for a one-term or full-year program. Students typically study in the period from the second semester of their sophomore year through the first semester of their senior year. With special permission, it is even possible to spend your last term as an undergraduate studying at another university. Plans for study outside MIT should be worked out by each student with his or her faculty advisor and the MIT Study Abroad Office (Room 12-189).
MIT has a number of established programs for international study. These include the Cambridge-MIT Exchange Program, the MISTI program, and a number of additional opportunities. Please see web site of the Study Abroad Office for further information on the various programs available: http://web.mit.edu/studyabroad/.
The University of Cambridge-MIT Undergraduate Exchange (CME) program has been particularly popular with Mechanical Engineering students. This program provides opportunities for a select group of undergraduate students to pursue their studies in mechanical engineering in the Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED) in Cambridge, England. This work is usually completed during the time that would comprise the normal third year of undergraduate work at MIT. Since subjects taken at CUED will be fully integrated into the undergraduate curriculum leading to the S.B. degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, it is important that students plan for this program as early as possible, but no later than the fall term of the second undergraduate year at MIT. Details of the program are available in the Undergraduate Office, Room 1-110.