Michigan Technological University and LeapScholar launch new pathway program for Indian students


Michigan Technological University and LeapScholar are collaborating to make world-class education more accessible and affordable for Indian students. As part of the Leap Advantage program, both the College of Engineering’s M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and the College of Computing’s M.S. in Health Informatics will now be available to Indian students looking to earn a degree in a hybrid format. 

Students enrolling in Leap Advantage will begin their coursework in India and complete it on campus in Houghton, Michigan. This hybrid format will reduce the total cost of the degree program. Also, because students are pursuing a STEM degree, they will qualify for a 3-year post-study work visa upon graduation, just like full-time international students.

“Michigan Tech has a long tradition of welcoming international students, and we embrace the opportunity to partner with LEAP to offer unique opportunities to expand access to our programs,” said Will H. Cantrell, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. “Students from across the globe are an exciting, vibrant piece of the Michigan Tech community, and this new partnership with LEAP will expand access to our programs, making them more accessible for a new generation of students." 

Michigan Tech has a strong reputation for graduating highly skilled professionals who get good jobs that pay them back. MTU students boast a 93% job placement rate after graduation, and they earn an average starting salary of $71,100. This is why Michigian Tech was recently ranked the 16th best public university in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal and in the top 25 nationally for return on investment by Forbes. Michigan Tech’s M.S. in Mechanical Engineering graduate program is ranked in the top 35 percent of such programs by the U.S. News & World Report. MTU students who earn an M.S. in Health Informatics often receive multiple job offers and report an average starting salary of nearly $108,000 per year. 

Of the collaboration with MTU, Leap co-founder Vaibhav Singh said, “Frequent university collaborations are the cornerstone of our mission to enable more access to global education. With the demand for STEM programs rising, the latest partnership will bring their popular program to Indian students in a hybrid format, and at a much lower cost. We believe this will drive incremental financial and academic value for aspirants looking to pursue their higher education in the US.” 

Applications for the Leap Advantage program are open now for Indian students aiming to enroll for fall semester 2024. The last date to apply is Friday, April 28, 2024. GRE/GMAT scores are not required to be eligible for the program.

About LeapScholar: Founded in 2019, LeapScholar is part of Leap, South Asia’s largest end-to-end study abroad platform, which also owns LeapFinance, and Yocket. LeapScholar has pioneered the ‘platform way’ of end-to-end services for students pursuing international education and careers and has a thriving community of over 2 million students. With the integration of colleges, universities, courses and programs on one platform, a student can find the most suited option with ease and make decisions based on merit, counseling and community advice. The platform also offers access to IELTS coaching programs. 

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.