General Questions

  • What is MIT ReACT Hub?

    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 learning resources and professional development opportunities.

    ReACT will also be creating new access to learning and career opportunities for interested refugees and locals. The year long certificate program will focus on computer and data science, and innovation and entrepreneurship. The curriculum will be both live and on-live and feature expert content from MIT and Edraak.

  • Why ReACT Hub?
    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 both the access and quality in education for refugee students regardless of background or prior schooling.
  • What kind of learning will the program provide?
    MIT ReACT Hub will integrating new forms of digital and blended learning experiences that are robust and relevant to students’ lives. Our objective is deliver very high-calibre content that result in new marketable skills that help student who complete the program find employment.

MIT ReACT Immersion Workshop Questions

  • Where and When Will the Workshops Be Held?

    The current plan is for them to be in Amman, Jordan for two weeks in late January, 2019. An online version is being considered for those facing travel constraints.

  • Cost of Travel

    MIT ReACT will cover all visa, travel, and accommodation expenses.

  • Do I have to pay anything to attend the kickoff event?

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

  • Do I have to participate in the January kickoff to take this program?

    We believe, connections, community, and team building are key to the success of our students completing this course. The curriculum and participation is an important part of the program. While participation in the live workshops contributes to the fullness of the program, we are looking to make accommodations for students who are unable to travel.

  • What types of subjects are covered in the launch workshops?

    During the two week kickoff, you will follow a computer and data sciences curriculum, with additional courses in innovation, entrepreneurship and soft skills. You will be introduced to the edX platform and Python, 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. An immersive maker lab focused on physical computing devices will further challenge you to develop data analysis and project design skills. Throughout the kickoff, you will have access to the support and expertise of MIT and visiting faculty, staff and students.

  • Do I need to bring my computer?

    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 of traveling to Amman.

  • Upon completion of the program, will I receive a certificate?


  • What do participants in the MIT ReACT programs receive?

    Students will participate in the live workshops, will have free access and support in the curriculum courses, and will be placed in paid internships.

MIT ReACT Program Questions

  • Who should apply?

    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 computer science, data analysis, and leadership.

    3) are Proficient in English: to succeed in the program a minimum TOEFL Internet-based score of 90 (577 paper-based) or equivalent is recommended, and fluency in high school math, including algebra, geometry, logarithms and exponentials, and trigonometry.

    4) fluency in high school math, including algebra, geometry, logarithms and exponentials, and probability

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

    Motivated self starters who thrive for excellence, and who already have some level of computer or data science proficiency; Young, talented individuals who are looking to work hard 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.

  • Why should I participate in the MIT ReACT certification program?

    Through this program you will gain access to the MIT community and connections to a cohort of like-minded individuals.

    You will also: graduate with an MIT certification, learn new innovation and entrepreneurship skills, receive mentorship from MIT staff, faculty, and students, be placed in paid internships with possible job opportunities, and gain exposure to the ReACT network.

  • How do I apply?

    For instructions on how to apply for the MIT ReACT Certificate in Computer and Data Science, click here.

    For instructions on how to apply for the ReACT DEDP MicroMasters, click here.

  • Do I need to have a degree in computer or data sciences or economics?

    No, but strong English comprehension and math skills are a prerequisite.

  • Can internally displaced people apply?

    Yes, displaced individuals are eligible to apply.

  • Can refugees of all nationalities 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.
  • Do I have to be a certain age to apply?

    Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

  • Do I have to be a refugee to participate?

    The program is available to registered refugees, asylees, or displaced persons.

  • What is the time commitment?

    MIT ReACT Certificate Program is a one year program. You will need to be able to participate in two weeks of nearly full time workshops and bootcamps at the end of January 2019. In addition, we anticipate a study commitment of about 15 hours per week. You should also be prepared to do at least a part-time paid six-month internship.

  • How long is MIT DEDP MicroMasters program?

    For more information, please see the DEDP site.

  • Do I need to have my own computer to participate?

    Yes, or regular access to a shared device with internet access.

  • What are the system requirements and what browsers are support for the online content?

    To ensure the compatibility of your hardware and software with the edX site, please reference the edX systems requirements and browser forum.