Learning Outside the Classroom

An MIT education does not stop in the classroom. Undergraduates are challenged to apply their knowledge, inventiveness, and resourcefulness in educational experiences that complement classroom learning. Students are "learning by doing," which has been a fundamental part of  MIT's educational mission since its founding.


Learning by Doing

Opportunities to learn by doing are abundant at the Institute. Some examples include:

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP): Students collaborate with faculty and graduate students on cutting-edge research.

Public Service: Volunteering and international development projects help students broaden their perpsective and give back to local and global communities.

Global Educational Experiences: Through study abroad, internships, international development, and research abroad, students learn to understand and value cultural differences and how to communicate within and adapt to a culture other than their own.

Internships: Students are exposed to different ways of thinking and solving problems as they develop technical and business skills.

Project and Field Experience: Students apply classroom knowledge and creative energy to solve real-world problems through unique opportunities such as the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team, Development through Dialogue, Design & Dissemination (D-Lab), and many more.

Leadership Development: Formal and informal leadership development opportunities allow students to practice and develop critical leadership skills.