Harvard and the MIT:

take a look at the inside of these universities in Boston

Victor Gouvêa

Renné Castrucci

Home to two of the most important universities in the world, Boston is the perfect destination for anyone who likes to learn


According to the popular saying, you can never learn too much. And the highest concentration of educational institutions in the United States is in Boston and surrounding areas, where two world-renowned universities are located: Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Harvard University: 18 Brattle Street, Cambridge

MIT: 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge



Founded by minister John Harvard in 1636, six years after the first settlement in Boston, Harvard was the first university in the country. The leaders at the time saw education as a base to build a modern, independent society. They were right: eight former American presidents walked through the institution’s gardens, where the statue of its founder observes the students and professors.


Students are only supposed to cross the main gate twice: on the occasion of enrollment and then graduation. This and other traditions, like fraternities (centuries-old student organizations), are explained on tours guided by students that usually start at 9 a.m. There are also independent tours, since you can explore the museums of art and natural history, among others, on your own. With any luck, you may be able to watch lectures by renowned researchers held in the auditoriums that are open to the public – just subscribe on the institution’s website. Make sure to try the region’s excellent cuisine at the restaurant Waypoint, which specializes in fresh seafood.


Waypoint: 1030 Mass Avenue, Cambridge



Just 1.8 miles [3 km] separate Harvard from the MIT. The Greek colonnade and dome that mark the entrance to the campus are the starting point for student-guided tours held twice a day, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. It’s the opportunity to see students presenting their robotic creations or immersed in books in the huge library. With more modern aesthetics compared to Harvard, the symbol of the MIT is the asymmetrical building designed by architect Frank Gehry, which is home to the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. There, works of art by such names as Anish Kapoor are a bonus. The experience doesn’t end with a diploma, but you’ll definitely leave feeling a little wiser.