Course VI Undergraduate Exchange Program with Cambridge University, England
Course VI is pleased to participate in the Cambridge-MIT undergraduate exchange program (CME), and encourages sophomores to consider spending their junior year studying Electrical Engineering or Computer Science at Cambridge University in England. Websites to check out include:
Cambridge-MIT Underground Tutor: Both Cambridge University's Engineering Department and its Computer Lab provide a very different style of undergraduate education, focused much more on independent study with individual supervision. The various colleges at Cambridge provide a beautiful and more relaxed environment with time for personal pursuits. The quality of the education is excellent, and we accept students' accomplishments there for department requirements, so that students who complete a normal load there will receive full credit for their work and not be at all behind in their degree progress. Arrangements may also be made so that exchange students can take HASS classes and satisfy HASS requirements. Students interested in admission to MEng will be considered with their work at Cambridge included so that they can learn of their admission before the beginning of their senior year.
Applicants will need a gpa of at least 4.0 to be accepted to the exchange program, and at least B's in basic Course VI requirements like 6.01 and 6.02.
Cambridge programs are sufficiently different that no one-to-one correspondence of classes is possible. No grades will be given for classes taken at Cambridge; students will receive the normal transfer credit grade of "S". In the Engineering Department, each module successfully completed will earn 9 MIT units, and the two projects together will earn 12 units.
A typical load would be four modules in the Lent term, four modules in the Michaelmas term, and the two projects in the Easter term, for a total of 84 units of MIT 6.CME credit. Additional modules undertaken by students in foreign languages, humanities, or in other departments at Cambridge would earn additional MIT units beyond the 6.CME credit.
Depending on the work completed, exchange students typically satisfy MIT EECS departmental requirements for one or two foundational and one or two header subjects, two advanced undergraduate subjects, and a department lab, with remaining units serving as electives.
Why should students consider going to Cambridge for their junior year?
Cambridge University is one of the best, most beautiful and famous universities in the entire world. Attending it will set you apart both from other Course VI students and from other American students, as MIT is the only US university with an undergraduate exchange program with Cambridge. Graduate programs (including MIT's) and employers are very impressed by this credential.
It offers a radically different style of education that complements MIT's more structured style very well; participants will learn to take more responsibility for their own education and are usually stronger students when they return to MIT.
At Cambridge students have time to devote to non-academic pursuits and to reflect on their education and other issues. It's a complete change of pace from MIT. No problem sets or quizzes! The physical, social and cultural environment is very different from MIT. It's beautiful. You can live in an eighteenth century castle or a modern, twentieth century hall, as you prefer. There are over 30 different colleges, each with its own culture and style.
You'll meet amazing people who are very different from MIT students. Their terms are only eight weeks long, followed by a six-week break, so you have time to travel all over England and Europe. It will give you a new perspective on MIT and education.
What are the drawbacks to spending a year at Cambridge?
You'll be at MIT for a year less.They don't have UROP during the terms. It's very different, which requires both social and academic adjustments.It could make it harder to do a minor or double major.
You'll miss your friends here, but they will love coming to visit you.
For many students the opportunity to experience something very different but of equal quality academically will be a wonderful accent to their MIT education as well as their personal and social development.