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Learning Without Borders – On MIT’s Global Networks

MIT Manipal provides its students with ample international exposure in ways that most engineering institutes in India cannot. In a nutshell, the college does this by providing opportunities to various types of internship programs around the world. Besides being an immense learning experience, an exposure as such also provides an edge to a student’s CV. Universities around the world providing Masters degree prefer applicants with a decent amount of international training and this is where MIT, with its Global Networks, has the edge. Working and learning with people of other nationalities and cultures can make one see the world from their standpoint – honing 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 MIT. Written below are some of the sought-after programs:

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 with foreign institutes. These programs are of two types:

  • Semester Abroad Program:  In this program, students can choose to do a semester from a variety of colleges abroad, and are eligible for the 5th semester. While the GPA of that semester is not considered in the calculation of CGPA at the end of the B-Tech course at MIT, the University the undergrads choose to do the semester provides a GPA of its own for that duration.
  • 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 in this program often consider it a trial run for masters abroad. The program is open to only the 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”. 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 and due to its uniqueness, this practice is starting to be adopted in leading educational bodies around the world.

    An office at EPITECH with students tackling a difficult 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, meaning applicants get an M-Tech degree instead of a B-Tech. The course is of five years with three years in MIT and two years abroad. Currently, only Efrei University in France has agreed to be a part of the program but expansions are underway with many colleges around the world. A huge benefit of this program is that it increases a student’s chances of getting placed in Europe significantly after the completion of the course.

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

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