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Learning Without Borders – On MIT’s Global Networks

MIT, Manipal provides you with ample international exposure in a way that a regular college cannot. Having friends and acquaintances around the world, ties with professors and researchers, pursuing promising projects are just some of the perks. Besides being an enriching experience they also provide an edge to your C.V. Even if you want to pursue a masters degree abroad, many colleges prefer if you have some minimum amount of international exposure, and this is where MIT, Manipal helps you. Working and learning with people of other nationalities and cultures can make you see the world from their standpoint leaving you with the important skill of being able to shift perspectives and see where someone else is coming from.

There are ample opportunities of getting international exposure in Manipal Institute of Technology. Below are some of the ways:

Through Foreign Internships and Volunteering Exchanges

Manipal University has a branch of two student-run organisations, namely AIESEC and IAESTE, which provide foreign internship opportunities to the students. Several students have been lucky enough to receive scholarships at the universities to pursue higher studies or job opportunities in companies they worked during their internship.

  • IAESTE is an independent, fully supported student-run organisation by Manipal University and its constituent colleges to provide a plethora of opportunities for students to enhance their careers by pursuing technical internships abroad. Having more than 80 member countries, it is one of the largest organisations of its kind in the world. Along with holding its trademark event, conventions and membership drives for outgoing participants, the Manipal Local Committee of IAESTE also hosts foreign interns and events such as the International Cuisine Night and International Evening.
  • AIESEC: It is the world’s biggest non-profit student run organisation. AIESEC provides non-technical (volunteering) as well as technical internships abroad through their Global Volunteer and Global Talent programs respectively. AIESEC also works on the Global Goals initiative of the United Nations, as one of its causes. Spread over 127 countries apart from the local and national conferences for their members, they boast of developing leadership abilities in the exchange participants. The Local Committee in Manipal University also holds many of AIESEC’s prestigious cultural fests throughout the year – The Global Village, Wanderlust and Luminaire to name a few.

An AIESEC Global Volunteer exchange which accomplished the United Nation’s 4th Global Goal – Quality Education

Semester Exchange Programs

 This program allows students to do one or two semesters of their collegiate career abroad, owing to MOUs and tie-ups which Manipal Institute of Technology has with a variety of colleges abroad. It is of two types:

  • Semester Abroad Program:  In this program, students can choose to do a semester from a variety of colleges that MIT, Manipal has tie-ups with, and are eligible from the 5th semester. While the GPA of this semester is not considered in the calculation of CGPA at the end of the B-Tech course at MIT, the University of you choose to do the semester in does provide a GPA of their own for that semester. 
  • Student Exchange Program: Through the exchange program, students are both sent and received by the college. Credits that are completed in the duration of the program are transferred. Students enrolling into this program often consider it a trial run for masters abroad. The program is open to the only computer based degrees so students from CS, IT and CCE can solely apply. One of our partner universities in France, EPITECH, is well sought after by students owing to their unique system of “Problem Based Learning”, which is starting to be adopted in leading educational bodies around the world. Rather than the traditional method of teaching, the students are made to sit in offices and made to collaborate with each other and work together. It focuses on a student’s reflection and reasoning to construct their own learning.

    An office at EPITECH with students tackling a mind-boggling question

Some of the partner universities are:

  • Hochschule Bremen- University for Applied Science, Germany
  • Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • University of Nottingham, UK

3+2 program

A very recent collaboration, in this program, a dual-degree is offered at the end of the course which means you get an M-Tech instead of a B-Tech. The course is of five years with three years in MIT Manipal and two years in a college abroad. Currently, only Efrei University in France has agreed to be a part of the program with expansions being made with many colleges around the world. A huge benefit of this program is that it increases your chances of getting placed in Europe at the end of five years.

Other than that, there are a number of different scholarships offered by various universities around the world for doing projects in their college with all expenses paid including the travel fee.

University of Antwerp, Belguim, has agreed to provide a full scholarship to two students of MIT, Manipal for an internship program this summer.

Cover Image: Aishwarya Sunderrajan