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Visiting Students

A person in the Visiting Student category is coming to use MIT resources and faculty contacts, primarily to enhance his or her own course of undergraduate or graduate study elsewhere, or to fulfill a requirement for the degree he/she is pursuing. The research conducted may be of benefit to the MIT faculty sponsor.

The Visiting Student is enrolled full-time in a degree program at another institution, and plans to work at MIT for anywhere from three weeks to twelve months. Any scholar who plans to visit MIT, is enrolled full-time at another institution, and has not yet received his Ph.D. should be appointed as a Visiting Student -- particularly if they plan to use the work they do here towards their thesis.

International visiting students must demonstrate a minimum amount of financial support. Specifically, unmarried students have to show that they have access to $3,207 per month of their stay plus any relevant term fees that MIT charges. For any portion of the summer, the term fee is $900. For any portion of the fall 2019 and fall 2020 term, that amount is $1,670. For any portion of the spring 2020 term, that amount is $1,370. None of these fees can be paid from research funds and must be paid prior to the beginning of each term. Of the total amount of visiting student funding above, at least 51% must come from non-personal sources, meaning a university stipend, a grant etc.

There is also a $1,000 visiting student processing fee/hosting fee that the Math Department will cover if a visiting student’s faculty host has not hosted another visiting student during the same fiscal year.

The process requires the student to submit all proof of funding, proof of continued enrollment at their home university, a scan of their passport, and some other documentation into an online system.

Our International Students Office (ISO) tries to issue visa documents within 30 days of submission of all online paperwork, and the official start date of a visit must be at least 2-3 months from the date of the submission of all your documentation.

If you have any questions about Visiting Student status, or any other appointment or visa issues, please contact the HR Coordinator Kimberli DeMayo (

For international visiting students, you may also refer to the International Student Office at MIT.