Learn by doing hands-on research from day one

  • Rewarding research

    At MIT, every student—first year or senior, scientist, or humanist—has the chance to work on cutting-edge research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). UROPs cultivate and support research partnerships between undergraduates and world-class faculty and graduate students to solve problems no one has ever sovled before. Most undergraduates participate in the UROP program (usually for pay, sometimes for academic credit), and more than half take part in four or more. “UROPing” follows a basic rule of thumb: if you want one, you will find one.

  • Explore the World

    The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) matches students with tailored internship, research, and teaching opportunities abroad, allowing you to collaborate with MIT faculty members and their counterparts from all over the world. MISTI supports MIT’s educational mission by creating hands-on, international learning experiences related to several courses of study within the Institute. While exploring a host country’s language, culture, history, and politics, you will gain the perspective you need to imagine your future as a participant and leader in an interconnected world. 

  • Two students work in a lab together
  • Two students study a skull


of undergrads take part in research


companies working with faculty and students


MIT students that participated in an international experience
  • Mind and hand

    MIT’s motto, Mens et Manus“Mind and Hand,” reflects how we teach, how we learn, and how we think about solving problems. At MIT, almost every undergraduate participates in at least one research program with MIT faculty members. And MIT has a strong maker culture that is reinforced by student traditions and activities that celebrate the value of creating beautiful, useful, ingenious, and/or interesting things.

  • Succeed professionally

    At MIT, we want to make sure students are prepared to succeed professionally after they graduate. The Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) is a yearlong professional development program that prepares sophomores—regardless of major—to thrive in their careers. And our Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) office is available to all undergraduate students, and hosts career fairs, resume workshops, and advising appoinments. Whether you are entering the professional sector, continuing on to grad school, or looking at fellowship opportunities, CAPD has you covered.