The US alone accounts for 18.000 Colombian students
According to Migración Colombia (immigration control authority) 73.740 Colombians left their home country to follow an educational opportunity in the nine month span between January and October of 2018. Two of the most popular destinations for Colombian students, educators and researchers are the United States and Spain. The US alone accounts for 18.000 Colombian students, of which 43 have made their way to the classrooms and research centers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where they stand out due to their talent and leadership. We interviewed 15 of these brilliant minds and hope to get to the rest of this unique group in the near future.
Why study at MIT?
MIT is one of the world’s top research universities. It preaches at the highest levels of science, technology and liberal arts from its Cambridge, Massachusetts campus, training its students to pursue disruptive changes and solutions to the world’s problems. MIT’s faculty includes nine Nobel and two Pulitzer Prize recipients, as well as a long list of publicly renown researchers. But maybe what sets the Institute apart is its commitment to open, borderless, shared learning. This vision can be perceived everywhere and at all times, as the campus remains completely open to the public, with little restriction to attend classes or identification requirements to enter libraries. Software is free and every advancement is shared with the world. MIT understands the true meaning of education: mind and hand to move forward.
Studying at MIT is not impossible
Two of the commonly discussed barriers to study in the US relate to language and financial resources. With respect to the former, we need to work toward high quality bilingual private and public schools throughout the Colombian territory. In relation to the latter, there are a multitude of little-known scholarship opportunities that enable Colombians to study in universities like MIT. There are also various programs that cover tuition fee and provide a stipend for assisting in research or teaching at the university, very much like a salaried job. A majority of doctorate degrees include financial aid for the duration of the program, covering tuition, a stipend and medical insurance. In this way, studying at MIT becomes a question of will and persistence.
Some tips to get accepted:
- Contact university professors regarding your interest in being part of MIT.
- Participate in teaching and research exchange opportunities as a first step. These experiences may enable a prolonged stay.
15 brilliant Colombian minds at MIT
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