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MIT Linguistics: Department of Linguistics & Philosophy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Visitor Requirements

Visiting Scholars

Funding Requirements

Visitors must meet current funding levels to demonstrate their ability to cover their personal living expenses including insurance. These are subject to change at any time:

Family Status   Yearly Amount
Single   $30,000
Married/No Children   $33,000
Married One Child*   $35,000
Single One Child*   $33,000

*$1,200 for each additional child

Health Insurance

Please visit the International Scholars Office website for current health insurance requirements for J1 scholars.

Visiting Students

Funding Requirements

The International Students Office at MIT requires that International Visiting Students have at least $2,789 (married students, $3,653) per month for living expenses. Since Visiting Students cannot register for classes for credit, no tuition fee is assessed. These amounts are subject to change at any time.

Federal regulation requires foreign Visiting Students to show financial support from a university or other institution covering at least 51% 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.

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:
$152 assessed per term.

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.