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The Cambridge-MIT Junior Year Exchange Program (CME)

Study in Cambridge!
Sophomores in chemical engineering may consider spending their junior year in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, under the auspices of the CME (Cambridge-MIT Exchange) Program. This remarkable cultural and educational experience has been offered for several years.

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How Chemical Engineering is done in Cambridge
Cambridge students who wish to study chemical engineering spend their first year in either general science or general engineering. They then enter a two-year course of chemical engineering, leading to the BA degree. Many students stay for an additional year, thus concluding four years at university with the MEng degree.

Students undergo lectures, small group teaching sessions, laboratories, and exercise problems. A student's mastery of the material is assessed in a set of papers (essentially final exams) at the end of each year. For the second-year curriculum (known as Part I), these papers have typically included:

Paper 1: chemical reactors and transport phenomena
Paper 2: process calculations and engineering mathematics
Paper 3: economics, safety, equilibrium staged processes, biotechnology
Paper 4: convergence material (to reconcile varying first-year backgrounds)

MIT Students in the CME Program
MIT students will join the second-year Cambridge students in their Part I syllabus. However, MIT students will typically omit the Paper 4 convergence material and add some material from the third-year syllabus (Part IIA). The Department creates a special exam to assess the MIT students on this additional material. MIT students may also add studies outside the Department to obtain HASS transfer credit. Unfortunately, arranging this is often a difficult process for both student and University.

Upon successful completion of the Cambridge exams, MIT students will be awarded transfer credit for 10.302, 10.32, and 10.37. In addition, MIT transcripts will show course 10.CME, which satisfies the Course X "restricted elective subject" and "restricted laboratory elective" requirements, as well as being a CI-M subject. All in all, MIT students may expect to receive 96 credits for the year spent in Cambridge, comprising the courses listed above and any HASS credits earned.

Some Cautions
Students in both Course X and XB benefit fully from the educational experience of CME, but XB majors complete fewer degree requirements during the year away. In particular, 10.CME credit does not satisfy either of the 7.02/10.702 or 10.28/10.29 requirements in XB. In addition, XB majors must schedule all their biology courses during their sophomore and senior years; in particular, 7.02/10.702 should be taken during sophomore year. For any student, being away from MIT for an academic year can complicate the completion of minors, double majors, and premed requirements, so proper planning in the sophomore year is important.

  The Procedure (approximate dates)


November of sophomore year: attend CME Office information meeting


December: obtain application/recommendation forms from Course X Student Office


January: application/recommendation forms are due


February: CME Office selects from the applicants


September of junior year: attend orientation at MIT; depart for UK


September of senior year: transfer credit is examined at MIT

Further Information
CME Program:
Course X Student Office (66-366, x2-2162)