Eligibility, Costs and Timeline

RLE Visiting Student Requests

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the MIT Visiting Student program, the student must:

  • Be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution in the US (other than MIT) or abroad
  • Be enrolled in a degree program for the entire duration of their visit at MIT
  • Visit for a minimum of 3 weeks and a maximum of 12 months. Visits under 3 weeks do not qualify, please contact Maxine Samuels for assistance
  • Obtain through MIT, a J-1 (non-degree) student visa, except for U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or students from another U.S. institution
  • Fifty-one percent (51%) or more of the student’s funding must come from non-personal sources (i.e. government scholarships, home university funds, MIT funds, a private organization)

Restrictions

  • No course participation is allowed
  • No employment is allowed (on or off campus)
  • Visit must be for academic research reasons
  • All research must be conducted ON MIT campus ONLY
  • The student cannot be a:
    • Current MIT Degree Student
    • Current MIT Special Students
    • Student who has withdrawn or is on a leave of absence

Processing Timeline

  • For international students (currently abroad) – applications must be submitted at least 90 days prior to their appointment start date, to provide adequate time for visa processing
  • For students attending a U.S. university or with permanent resident status – applications must be submitted at least 45 days prior to their appointment start date

Costs

  • $1,000 processing fee – the MIT faculty host must pay out of a discretionary account; research funds cannot be used for this purpose
  • Registration fees – either the student or faculty must pay for registration and student activity fees each semester the student is visiting MIT. Please refer to the expense sheet for the most up-to-date fee amounts
    • Spring – $1200 + student activity fees
    • Summer – $900 (no student activity fees)
    • Fall – $1500 + student activity fees
  • Student’s personal expenses – The student must have enough funding to cover personal expenses for the entire duration of their visit at MIT. See expense sheet for the total amount required. Fifty-one percent (51%) of the student’s funding must come from non-personal funds