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MIT ReACT is an institute-wide initiative that identifies, aggregates and cultivates ideas, solutions, and best practices that allow talented refugees and displaced populations worldwide to access relevant learning resources and professional development opportunities.

Our year long certificate and MicroMaster programs leverage MITx courses and curriculum, and workshops to deliver experiential blended learning. The curricula will be both live and on-line, and feature regional and international experts.


MIT has a history of taking on some of the greatest challenges in the world. Addressing the growing numbers of forcibly displaced people and the crisis in their education needs a coordinated effort. ReACT seeks to create build a community among experienced educators, scientists, and engineers both at MIT and across the globe to improve and coordinate access and quality in education for refugee students regardless of background or prior academic achievement.

MIT ReACT Hub will integrating digital and blended learning models that are robust and designed to provide students with skills, networks, and pathways. Our objective is deliver a unique MIT driven learning experience that delivers marketable skills that help students who complete the program find employment and further academic possibilities.

ReACT Immersion Workshop Questions

The current plan is for them to be in Amman, Jordan for two weeks in late January, 2019.


MIT ReACT will provide for all visa, travel, and accomodation expenses.

All costs, including your travel, accomodation, some meals, and visas will be paid for.


We believe, connections, community, and team building are key to the success of our students. The curriculum and participation is a critical part of the program. With that in mind, we also appreciate the special circumstance facing our students and are open to  make accommodations when they are unable to travel.

Our year long certificate and MicroMaster programs leverage MITx courses and curriculum, and workshops to deliver experiential blended learning. The curricula will be both live and on-line, and feature regional and international experts.


During the two week kickoff, you and your classmates will participate in an Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, complete MakerLab group projects, attend live course lectures, complete problem sets, and attend guest talks. You will be introduced to the edX platform and good project and study practises, and learn the importance of debugging and writing good code. A series of lectures and bootcamps will teach processes in identifying opportunities for innovation, and developing entrepreneurial projects and start-ups. An immersive maker lab focused on physical data-collecting and computing devices will further challenge you to develop analytical, design, and presentation skills. Throughout the kickoff, you will have access to the support and expertise of MIT faculty, staff, and students.

It will be very useful to have a laptop computer with you during this time. If you are accepted to the program, and unable to bring a laptop, please notify ReACT in advance immediately.

Students will participate in the live workshops, will have free access to and support in the curriculum’s courses, and will be placed in internships. Additional students will be able to attend in networking events and guest talk.

MIT Program Questions

Refugees, displaced people, or Jordanian citizens over the age of 18 who:

1) are registered as refugees, asylees, or displaced people with a UN agency or the appropriate local government agency.

2) are passionate for continuing their learning with a particular interest in computer and science, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

3) advanced understanding of algebra, geometry, logarithms and exponentials, and probability and/or programming logic.

4) are Proficient in English: to succeed in the program a minimum TOEFL Internet-based score of 90 (577 paper-based) or equivalent is recommended

Applicants must take online maths and English fluency tests in order to be accepted into the program.

Motivated self starters who strive for excellence,  and are looking to work hard and appreciate both the rigor of the MIT experience and the opportunity to engage with like-minded students, and the MIT community.

Accepted students should be prepared to defer or take a leave of absence from any other academic program in which they are enrolled during the ReACT program.


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 

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.