Since its inception in 2000, more than 600 students have participated in the Cambridge-MIT Exchange (CME), an undergraduate student exchange program between MIT and the University of Cambridge in England. CME allows juniors from 14 MIT departments to spend a year living and studying at an 800-year-old institution that is consistently ranked alongside MIT as one of the best in the world.
For the past two years, BP has generously provided funding for 15 Cambridge students (mostly from the engineering department) to participate in CME, which in turn has allowed for the same number of MIT students from any of the 14 participating departments. Beginning with the 2013-14 CME cohort, BP has extended funding for six additional spaces spread across a range of Cambridge departments, including chemical engineering, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics and physics. As a result, the program will grow to 21 students from each side next year.
Fourteen MIT students representing six departments are currently participating in CME. Having only recently arrived in the United Kingdom, these students find themselves face-to-face with the surprising number of academic and cultural differences that separate these two seemingly similar countries. Tutorials, punting and formal hall have quickly taken the place of p-sets, intramurals and “freefood@mit.”
In late August, the cohort of 15 Cambridge students arrived in Boston and participated in a weeklong orientation program meant to introduce them to all aspects of life at MIT. The Cambridge students wasted no time in taking advantage of all that MIT has to offer, setting up Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programs (UROP), pledging fraternities, and even forming a CME intramural team in their first few weeks on campus.
CME continues to be MIT’s largest undergraduate exchange program, providing students the opportunity to add an invaluable international experience to their resume while keeping on track with their degree requirements. Participants work closely with CME coordinators in their major department to ensure that they will receive a full-year of academic credit.
To learn more about this program and speak with participants from both sides of the exchange, students are encouraged to attend the CME Information Session on Monday, Oct. 15 at 5:15 p.m. in 4-163. Interested students may also stop by or email the Global Education office (12-189) or check out the CME webpage.