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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology admitted its first students in 1865. This event marked the culmination of an extended effort by William Barton Rogers, a distinguished natural scientist, to establish a new kind of independent educational institution relevant to an increasingly industrialized America. Rogers stressed the pragmatic and practicable, believing that professional competence is best fostered by coupling teaching and research and by focusing attention on real-world problems.

Today, MIT is one of the world's outstanding universities. Education and research - with relevance to the practical world as a guiding principle - continue to be its primary purpose. MIT is independent and privately endowed. It is organized into five schools that contain 26 academic departments as well as many interdepartmental programs, laboratories, and centers whose work extends beyond traditional departmental boundaries. There are more than 900 members of the faculty and nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

For further information on MIT see the MIT Facts booklet.

Academic Support

Academic support is provided on a course-specific, rather than collegiate or residential basis, hence students taking a course have access to the same "supervisory" staff, irrespective of where they live. At the same time, each CME student, like others at MIT, is assigned an departmental faculty Academic Advisor, whose role lies somewhere between a Cambridge college tutor and a Director of Studies. Your Academic Advisor will help you with your choice of courses, with registering you for the term, and with any other difficulties you may encounter. In some departments, an Assistant Advisor is also assigned to you. All academic departments at MIT have undergraduate offices and are staffed by administrators willing and able to help you with a range of issues and concerns. The Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education also offers help on matters related to academic work or career advising. Or you may approach some of your lecturers for advice or simply to chat, given the generally high degree of class interaction here. MIT Staff are your first port of call for support, however you may also contact the CME Coordinator or your DOS at Cambridge should it be appropriate.

Pastoral Support

MIT provides generous counseling and support assistance through the Office of the Dean for Student Life as well as the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education. The CME Office is available for the specific and particular needs and concerns of students in the exchange program.

Credit registration at Cambridge

At the end of each of your academic terms, MIT will issue a transcript of your grades for that term. At the end of your academic year, an official copy of this transcript will be forwarded to the International Education Office in Cambridge for distribution to your Senior Tutor and to your department.


Students at MIT have a variety of choices for where they will live during the academic year. In addition to traditional dormitories, there are smaller residences (usually under 50 residents) known as fraternities, sororities and independent living groups (FSILGs), most of which are off-campus. Just as each College at Cambridge has its unique identity each residence at MIT has something unique to offer.

There are four basic types of accommodation, see below

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