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Info for Admitted GCWS Students

Details on getting around MIT’s campus and other important specifics for GCWS students

Information for GCWS Admitted Students



The MIT Campus

All GCWS courses are hosted at MIT and navigating a new campus and system can be a challenge. To best prepare for the course and the MIT campus, please consult the below information. The GCWS Program Manager is available for any questions before and during the semester. 

Cross Registration

Students, enrolled at participating institutions, are able to gain course credit at their home institution for taking GCWS courses.

Students will need to cross register at their home institution and MIT; this process varies by institution. Students should consult with the GCWS Program Manager and their academic advisors about registration. 

Course Email Distribution List

The GCWS Program Manager will create an email distribution list for each class and share this information with faculty and students two to three weeks prior to the start of the semester. This distribution list is to facilitate communication between students and faculty about assignments, readings, and class meetings. Anyone can send an email to the distribution list and it will be received by all members. 

Course Meeting Times

GCWS courses are normally scheduled for the late afternoon and evening hours. Consult your syllabus for holidays and breaks, which may not correspond with your institution's academic calendar.


Stellar is the platform for learning and course management at MIT. All GCWS courses will have a specific Stellar site where the syllabus and readings will be posted and where assignments can be uploaded. 

Two to three weeks prior to the start of the GCWS course, the GCWS Program Manager will add all accepted students to the Stellar site. The GCWS Stellar course page will automatically populate on the courses page for MIT students. Students from other institutions will receive an email about how to create an MIT Touchstone Collaboration account and sign into their GCWS Stellar page. Once you register for an account, it can take up to 24 hours to process before you are able to access the course Stellar page.  Please contact the GCWS Program Manager with any questions about accessing the course Stellar page. 

Once you access the Stellar course page, please remember to bookmark it for easy future access. 

MIT Information Systems and Technology

MIT IS&T is available to answer any technology questions throughout the semester. If you have any problems creating or accessing your Stellar account, please call MIT IS&T. They can be reached at 617-253-1101.




The MIT Campus

All GCWS seminars take place at MIT campus. Use the MIT interactive campus map to find where the course will be held.

MIT uses a number system to label their buildings. On the interactive map, street addresses are listed for each building.

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Interactive MIT Map

Click here to go to an interactive map allowing you to locate specific locations on MIT's campus.

Parking on Campus

There is metered street parking available in Kendall Square. The meters are for a max of 2 hours and take either quarters or pay-by-app (Passport Pay by Phone). Parking along Memorial Drive is free.

There are a number of garages in the Kendall Square area for general public and MIT visitors. MIT lots are only available for people with an MIT parking permit. 

Tip: the parking lot closest to many GCWS classrooms is the Hayward Lot which is located on Hayward Street in Kendall Square between Main Street and Amherst Street. Students or faculty coming to campus for seminars or meetings before 5 PM will need to use parking meters. The closest parking meters are available on Ames Street, Main Street, Vassar Street, and Massachusetts Avenue.

Note: Kendall Square is currently under construction and this impacts ease of driving and what street(s) are closed to parking. Please plan extra time to find parking and to navigate the construction.

Public Transit

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MBTA Route Map

MIT is located at the Kendall Square T Station on the Redline.

It is also easily accessible by the following bus lines: 1, CT1, CT2,  64, 68, 85

Cafés and Meeting Places on Campus

MIT and Kendall Square have several cafés that are within walking distance of GCWS classrooms.  These are: 

MIT Campus

Forbes Café, Stata Center: Corner of Main St. and Vassar St.

R&D Pub: 4th floor of the Stata Center

Café 4: Building 4, MIT Central Campus, Infinite Corridor

MIT Campus Center: Across from 77 Massachusetts Avenue (contains Annas Tacqueria and LaVerdes Market)

Kendall Square

Sebastian’s: Corner of Main St. and Ames St.

Au Bon Pain: Main St., Kendall Square

Clover: Kendall Square

Starbucks: Marriott Hotel, Kendall Square

Library, Study Areas, Phones

Although the GCWS does not include cross-institutional library privileges, you may visit the Hayden Library at MIT as a guest.

The Hayden Library has a photocopy machine. It is located in Building 14. 

Students at institutions that are eligible for Boston Library consortium cards may check out books at the MIT library.  Unless a member of the Boston Library consortium, students in GCWS course do not have borrowing privileges at the MIT.  

There are also several study areas throughout campus such as the first floor of the Stata Center (32 Vassar Street) and a first floor lounge in Building 10


Remember that MIT, Kendall Square, and Harvard Square are densely populated, urban areas that are not immune to violence and crime. Take care to walk in groups when possible, stay in well-lighted areas and on well-traveled routes, and be aware of your surroundings. Please report safety concerns to the GCWS staff.