Global Opportunities

ALERT: MIT-related undergraduate student travel is suspended until further notice. This includes both domestic and international travel. No exceptions will be made. Please refer to the Covid-19 Info Center for more details.

Global UROPs provide many of the same benefits offered through conventional study abroad experiences - including the chance to connect with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. UROPs abroad help students enhance communication, leadership, collaborative, and decision-making skills.

These UROP projects generally take place over the summer and expand the traditional campus-based UROP model to allow students to conduct MIT research and fieldwork aboard: qualifying projects must have the approval, mentorship, and guidance of an MIT faculty member. These projects represent a broad spectrum of research areas from particle physics studies at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, to civil and environmental engineering fieldwork in Italy.

To be approved for Global UROP, students must ensure the following:

  • Supervision from an MIT faculty member.
  • Submission of an UROP application by the applicable term deadline, including a detailed research proposal, which should indicate details on the research you will conduct overseas and your travel plans (e.g. research location, MIT travel companions, etc.). 
  • MIT students seeking funding from the UROP Office, should be sure to heed the UROP Direct Funding deadline.
  • Completion of all required travel forms (which must be submitted no later than 3 weeks prior to departure).

If you are interested in Global UROPs or have plans to conduct research abroad, contact UROP staff for more information.