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Admissions Criteria

Any current MIT student, graduate or undergraduate, is eligible to apply. Recent alums may also apply under special circumstances. Chinese language skills are helpful but not required.

CETI is a unique and innovative program, so we seek passionate participants. Enthusiasm is the first thing we look for; we’re looking for people who want to go to China, who want to learn about the culture, who want to teach, and who want to really get to know people instead of being a passive tourist. We like people who have leadership skills, have worked in teams, are responsible, and are good at improvising in unusual situations. Adaptability, dependability, humility, and humor are key traits for a successful CETI experience.

Time Commitment

We expect a fairly significant time commitment from all participants. There will be a mandatory CETI member meeting early in the spring term. Then, later throughout the spring, you and your teammates will meet two or three times a month to work on your curriculum, share teaching ideas with the other teams, and learn about teaching and traveling in China. In addition, MISTI-China holds a few mandatory information sessions. The total time commitment for the spring averages a few hours per week.

Additionally, CETI participants are required to take a course on modern Chinese history, politics, or culture if they haven’t already. Click here for a list of MIT courses that meets this requirement.

Admissions Process

After the application deadline, we will select applicants for interviews. Subsequently, the teams are formed by the CETI executive committee. The executive committee takes into account your preferences for teaching location and teammates (whom you will get to know at various CETI Spring term activities). While the executive committee does its best to fulfill your preferences, keep in mind that each team needs to have at least one fluent Chinese speaker.


Applications for CETI are due by October 31st at 11:59pm. Over the next week, the executive committee will read all submissions and soon after notify those we have selected to interview. Interviews will be conducted during the last two weeks in November; more information will be provided after we review your application. You will know whether you have been accepted to the program by Winter break.

Click here for a visual CETI timeline

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