Global Opportunities


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

IROP projects generally take place over the summer and mirror the traditional campus-based UROP model: 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 biological engineering research at the Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) in Bangkok, Thailand.

For the past several years, the UAAP has provided funding support to eligible MIT undergraduates interested in conducting summer research projects in international settings. The UAAP is committed to supporting student involvement in IROP through financial and advising support.

To be approved for IROP, students must ensure the following:

  • Supervision from an MIT faculty member.
  • Submission of an UROP application, 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.)
  • Completion of all required travel forms (which must be submitted no later than 3 weeks prior to departure).

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