Students may apply for visiting student status if they are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution of higher education other than MIT and have been invited by faculty in an MIT department or laboratory/center to do research in their fields of study towards their academic program at their home institution. Be sure to check the Institute’s Policies and Procedures on hosting visiting students and Visiting Student FAQs.
The International Students Office (ISO) provides helpful resources for administrators (MIT credentials required), including a checklist for processing visiting student applications for a host department, lab, or center (DLC), estimated expenses, and other relevant forms and templates.
The Office of the Vice President for Finance (VPF) also provides tax guidance for nonresident alien students.
Foreign nationals invited to be international scholars at MIT must enter the U.S. with an immigration status appropriate for their planned activities. Please do not assume that existing visa or visa waiver programs will be appropriate for your visiting scholar or postdoctoral researcher, and note that many people will require assistance securing the correct visa.
When planning to invite an international scholar to MIT, regardless of the length of their desired stay or visa situation, you should contact your DLC’s human resources administrator or administrative officer. They will then work with advisors in the International Scholars Office (ISchO) to determine the most appropriate immigration status for the scholar, and if a visa is needed, the ISchO will assist with processing the appropriate documents. If you do not have a human resources administrator in your area, please contact the assistant dean of your school or ISchO for assistance.
MIT’s policies on the appointment and employment of foreign nationals, including positions that qualify for visa sponsorship, can be found in the MIT Personnel Policy Manual with additional details on the ISchO visa sponsorship page. The ISchO Administrators page describes how to properly channel visa requests. Please consult the information on academic and research appointments in the MIT Policies and Procedures to determine the most appropriate appointment.
VPF also provides tax guidance for nonresident alien scholars and ISchO has useful tax information.
Please note: International scholars should not make airline or travel arrangements, or schedule consulate appointments, until they have been notified (by ISchO, via the DLC) that it is the appropriate time to do so.
MIT welcomes international delegations and visitors seeking meaningful dialogue and academic or other connections/collaborations with members of the MIT community. Visitors may include government officials, university leaders, non-governmental organizations, and distinguished professionals in various fields, or those partaking in fellowships or special programs sponsored by embassies, consulates, the U.S. Department of State, or other official entities.
Members of the MIT community hosting international visitors, including international dignitaries, should review the following resources and contact Adriana Ramirez, Manager of External Relations and Communications for the Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities, for additional advice on matters of protocol, logistics, and security.
For people outside of the Institute looking to send a delegation to MIT, please fill out this request form at least four weeks prior to your visit. Prospective students and those seeking to request private group tours should visit the Office of Admissions.
International Students Office
International Scholars Office
Manager of External Relations and Communications, Office of the Assoc. Provost