Visiting student status is available to qualified students enrolled in a degree program at another university. Normally, such visiting students are engaged in their dissertation research or are writing their dissertations. In addition, federal regulation requires foreign visiting students to show financial support from a university or other institution covering at least half of the cost of their stay in order to be issued a “certificate of eligibility” for the J-1 visa. In other words, more than 50% of funding must come from a source other than personal or family.
Visiting students are not awarded academic credit for courses at MIT and are not eligible for on-campus student housing. Visiting students must be at MIT for at least three weeks and no longer than one year.
Funding Requirements for Visiting Students
Since Visiting Students cannot register for classes for credit, no tuition fee is assessed.
All Visiting Students (both US and international) are responsible for the following fees:
Registration Fee (subject to change at any time):
Fall Term (5 months): $1,500
Spring Term (4 months): $1,200
Summer Term (3 months): $900
Visiting Students are charged for each term regardless of arrival date, e.g. arrival on November 1st requires $1,500 in fees.
Student Activities Fee:
$184 assessed per term (fall and spring only)
International Visiting Students
In order to issue a Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (Form DS-2019), international visiting students must demonstrate financial support to meet or exceed the following minimum funding requirements for the entire academic appointment. Also, at least 51% of the total funding must come from a source other than personal or family funds.
Estimated Monthly Expense (september 2020-august 2021):
Average Living Expense: $2,935
Student Health Plan Insurance Per Month*: $272
Total Expenses per month: $3,207 + Registration Fee(s)
Average Living Expense: $3,635
Student Health Plan Insurance Per Month*: $577
Total Expenses per month: $4,212 + Registration Fee(s)
* Figures are subject to change without notice.
**For family with children is estimated $500/m for the 1st child and $292/m for an additional child.
Like all students at MIT, a Visiting Student must either purchase the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan or provide proof that their insurance meets the requirements specified by Federal Regulations for J-1 student visa holders (for international students). MIT Student Health Plan Office requires all Visiting Students insurance to cover preexisting conditions. Visiting Students wishing to purchase the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan may do so upon arrival on campus. For more information, please visit MIT Medical.
Please email all insurance related questions to firstname.lastname@example.org (MIT Health Plan Office).
Visiting Students are not entitled to on-campus housing and, in most cases, should plan to find accommodation off-campus. However, they may apply for any vacancies that exist in the dormitories after the needs of regular students have been met.