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.

The Visiting Student category is very competitive, so it is important to get your application in before the deadline.

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 (both international and US) are responsible for the following fees:

Registration Fee (assessed per term):
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. These amounts are subject to change at any time.

Student Activities Fee:
$170 assessed per term.

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. At least 51% of the total funding must come from a source other than personal or family funds.

Estimated Monthly Expense (September 2019-August 2020):

Single Student
Average Living Expense: $2,935
Student Health Plan Insurance Per Month*: $272
Total Expenses per month: $3,207 + Registration Fee(s)

Married Student
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.

Health Insurance

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 (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.


Before applying, a prospective visitor should make contact with a faculty member who agrees to sponsor the visitor.

Applications include the following:

  1. Statement of Purpose indicating the research goals of your stay, the beginning and ending dates of your visit, and the faculty member you would like to consult with during your stay
  2. CV
  3. Writing sample (one or two recent papers)
  4. Two letters of recommendation

Submit your application electronically or in hard copy to:

Michael Kenstowicz
MIT Linguistics and Philosophy
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Bldg. 32-D808
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

You will be informed of your application status shortly after the application deadlines. If your application is accepted, the Department will contact you with further details regarding your visit.


Generally, visitors stay for a maximum of one year.

Visitor applications are due on March 15 for the following Fall semester and September 1 for the following Spring semester.