Visitor categories include the following:
The Department admits postdoctoral visitors who have a serious interest in the study of linguistics, but its financial resources are limited. Visitors are expected to obtain their own support from research or study grants obtained from a foundation, university, or other agency. The number of prospective postdoctoral visitors far exceeds the number that can be accepted. Visiting Scholars generally hold a PhD degree or a Masters Degree with significant experience in their field of endeavor. Visiting Scholars are NOT enrolled in a degree program elsewhere.
Visiting Student status is available to qualified students enrolled in a PhD program at another university. Normally, such Visiting Students are engaged in their dissertation research or are writing their dissertations. Visiting Students are not awarded academic credit for courses taken at MIT. Visiting Students must be at MIT for at least three weeks and no longer than one year.
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. The Visiting Student category is very competitive, so it is important to get your application in before the deadline.
Special Students are Visiting Students who wish to receive academic credit for courses taken at MIT. They need to apply for the status of "Special Student." Please note that Special Students are charged tuition fees. To request an application please contact the MIT Admissions Office at (1) 617-253-2917.