IS&T maintains a pool of computing equipment available for loan to eligible MIT students, faculty, and staff who are traveling outside of the United States. IS&T recommends leaving your standard MIT-issued and personally owned equipment at home and using loaner equipment when traveling internationally.

Available To 
Students, Faculty, Staff

Benefits and key features

While loaner devices may be requested regardless of the international travel destination, IS&T recommends leveraging this program if traveling to any destination with a US Department of State travel advisory Level 2 or above, and strongly suggests using this program if traveling to a Level 3 or 4 location. Check the Department of State website for any advisories associated with your destination. 


  • Devices are enrolled in management software to ensure they receive the latest security patches.
  • Devices can be remotely locked or wiped if needed to ensure the security of the data contained within.
  • Devices meet these additional security requirements (MIT-only, Touchstone authentication required).

Devices available
Students, faculty, and staff can borrow up to one of each type of the following device types while traveling abroad:

  • Laptop (Mac or PC)
  • Tablet (Microsoft Surface or iPad)
  • iPhone


  • Request must be for a student, faculty, or staff member traveling abroad.
  • Faculty and staff must provide a valid Institute cost object. The cost object provided will be charged for the full replacement value of any equipment that is not returned.
  • Students are expected to return all loaned equipment upon return from their travel to avoid future charges to their student account, which may trigger registration or graduation holds.

Getting started

Log in using Touchstone and complete the loaner device request form for international travel.

Additional International Travel Resources


Visit our service portal to view or update your loan request as well as any active support ticket you have.