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.
Visiting Students must be at MIT for at least three weeks and no longer than one year. MIT requires standardized program start and end dates. Appointments should begin on the 1st or 15th of a month and end on the 30th or 31st of a month. If the 1st or 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the visit should start on the next business day (e.g. if the 1st falls on a Saturday, the official visit start date should be the following Monday, on the 3rd.) Visit start dates should coincide with business days.
Funding Requirements for Visiting Students
Since Visiting Students cannot register for classes for credit, no tuition fee is assessed. These amounts are subject to change at any time.
All Visiting Students will be charged a monthly Visiting Student Fee of $600. This monthly fee entitles Visiting Students to conduct research, use MIT’s fitness facilities, participate in student life programming at the Institute, and includes the required purchase of the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan (details below under Health Insurance).
This fee will be charged per month regardless of a start date of the 1st or 15th and will be required to be paid in full for the entire appointment prior to arrival.
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 2022-August 2023):
Average Living Expense Per Month: $3205
Student Health Plan Insurance Per Month*: Included in monthly Visiting Student Fee
Visiting Student Fee Per Month: $600
Total Expenses per month: $3805*
Average Living Expense Per Month: $3947
Student Health Plan Insurance Per Month*: $304
Visiting Student Fee Per Month: $600
Total Expenses per month: $4851*
* Figures are subject to change without notice
** Additional expense for family with children is estimated $500/m for the 1st child and $292/month for each additional child. For students who have child dependents only, the additional expense per month is estimated at $865 for the first child (for living expenses and medical insurance) and $292 for each additional child.
Visiting Students are automatically enrolled in the MIT Student Medical Plan at no charge. Visiting Students must also purchase the MIT Student Extended Insurance Plan (MIT SEIP), which is included in the $600 Visiting Student Fee. This is a comprehensive insurance that covers services outside of MIT Medical, like diagnostic tests, specialists, and hospitalization. For International Visiting Students, this meets all state and federal requirements for J-1 visa holders. Visiting Students may elect to enroll in additional coverage for dependent(s) and/or partners.
Exceptions may be made for students enrolled at universities and colleges in Massachusetts only (documentation must be provided showing enrollment in the home institution’s health insurance plan).
Please email all insurance related questions to email@example.com (MIT Health Plan Office).
Covid Vaccination Policy
Visiting Students are required to be vaccinated before their start date, or to have an approved medical or religious exemption. For more details see this FAQ.
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.