Certificate in Computer and Data Science Program

ReACT Certificate in Computer and Data Science Program

In January 2018, MIT ReACT Hub launched its first program in Jordan with a certificate in Computer and Data Science. The first class of students is progressing through the online learning portion of the program, mastering MIT edX courses in Computer Science and Data Analytics. As ReACT students are beginning their professional paid internships, we are gearing up to launch another application period for this certificate program, starting September 2018.

Who should apply to the MIT ReACT Certificate Programs?

 Refugees or displaced people who apply should be:

  • registered as refugees, asylees, or displaced people with a UN agency or the appropriate local government agency
  • proficient in English: to succeed in the program, a TOEFL Internet-based score of 90 (577 paper-based) or equivalent is recommended
  • have advanced math skills and/or programming skills

Applicants will take free online maths and English fluency tests in order to be considered for  the program.

We seek to identify talented refugees, motivated self starters who strive  for excellence; individuals who are looking to work hard, learn as individual and part of a team, want to push their own growth, and who will appreciate both the rigor of the MIT experience and the opportunity to engage with like-minded students, as well as the MIT community.

Program Questions

The MIT ReACT programs offer new access to MIT content and connections to like-minded individuals. The experience will feature interactions with MIT faculty and students, local and international experts, and business leaders.  

Successful students will gain new skills, an expanded network, and the possibility of new professional pathways. You also get a nice certificate in a very fancy folder.  And a T-shirt.

The ReACT Computer and Data Science Application will open on September 1, 2018. The Application closes October 21, 2018.


No, but strong English comprehension and math skills are highly recommended.

Yes, displaced individuals with appropriate documentation are eligible to apply.

Yes. Unfortunately, learners from Iran and Sudan may not be able to take this program. While edX has received a licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer courses to learners from these countries, our licenses do not cover this course. We truly regrets that US sanctions prevent us from offering the program to everyone, no matter where they live.

Applicants must be at leaast 18 years of age.

The program is open to registered refugees, asylees, or displaced persons. Citizens of Jordan are also eligible to apply to the Computer and Data Science Program.

The MIT ReACT Certificate program is a year long which includes 5-6 online courses that require 10-15 hours of work per week. Additionally you should plan to attend the two weeks of nearly full time workshops and bootcamps at the end of January 2019 in Amman, Jordan. The workshops will run Sunday to Friday, with no sessions on Saturdays. You should also be prepared 6-12 month part-time internship.

You must have access to a laptop computer or desktop in order to complete the assignments for the remote leanring aspect of the program.

For more information on the systems requirements for edX, please read here.