Go Global Fair Draws Students Looking to Go Abroad

Scott Murray, Social Media Specialist / Career & Global Ed Advisor, Global Education and Career Development

Tim the Beaver at the Go Global FairOver 250 MIT students (and one over-sized beaver) stopped by this year’s Go Global Fair, held on September 10. Hosted by GECD, the Go Global Fair is an annual event where MIT's many global programs come together in one place to share information about the wide range of opportunities available for students to go abroad.

Students have a range of overseas options, including study, internships, public service and research. At the fair, students asked questions and discussed possibilities with MIT representatives from GECD, MISTI, the Public Service Center, D-Lab, UROP, the Alumni Office and Foreign Languages and Literatures. A representative from Student Financial Services answered questions about applying MIT financial aid to study abroad, finding scholarships, and budgeting for going global.

A dozen non-MIT organizations attended the Fair as well, mostly other universities and global providers offering a range of international opportunities. The Boston Passport Agency was on hand to assist in applications and renewals.

There has been a steady increase in the number of students choosing to go abroad every year. Last year, over 800 MIT undergraduates went to 45 different countries for study, work, or service. In fact, almost 40% of the Class of 2013 went abroad while at MIT. Upon their return, most undergraduates cite their international experience as a key factor in their self-development, and research suggests going global increases chances for future success.