An essential part of your experience in the United States will be taking part in the life of the community around you. Your research and teaching at MIT are very important, but it is also important that you occasionally step out of the laboratory, library, or classroom.
Meeting people, participating in activities, and exploring the history and culture of your temporary American home will enrich your stay and allow you to gain a deeper understanding of American culture. The American people you come in contact with may also want to learn about your culture, as well as your country’s history, and maybe even your language. These conversations may lead to friendships, and friends will make your experience here more enjoyable, so don’t be shy.
The International Scholars Office's Experience American Culture web pages will help guide you on a discovery of the many opportunities for recreation, education, social and cultural activities, local excursions and entertainment offered by MIT and outside organizations. The ISchO's orientation for new international scholars and their families is offered every Thursday at 10am. MIT spouses&partners meetings take place on Wednesday afternoons during the academic year, and the MIT Language Conversation Exchange allows you to meet and get to know a member of the MIT community while practicing your English. Perhaps you will choose one of the excursions or activities organized by the MIT Activities Committee (MITAC). In springtime, be sure to coordinate with your friends and countrymen to participate in I-Fair, MIT’s international festival of food, dance, music and culture.
You may be happy to know that you can explore the area without a car. Whether you have a free hour or a whole afternoon, the opportunity to discover new things is just steps away. You are sure to find worthwhile activities based on your own interests: history, music, fine arts, movies, food, architecture, sports or something else. Perhaps you have a little more time and can spend a weekend exploring the beautiful natural woods, lakes, and trails of New England. Whatever your schedule or budget allows, you will find something on these pages that interests you.
The most important thing to do to truly gain from your experience here is to go out and give something a try, say “hello” to a new face, start a conversation. Happy adventures!
Last Updated: July 2013