MIT philosophy: program:
information for visitors

Types of Visitors | Requirements | Useful Information | How to Apply


1. Types of Visitors

1.1 Visiting Scholar

The philosophy section of the department of linguistics and philosophy admits postdoctoral visitors, 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.

Visiting scholars generally have their Ph.D. degree in philosophy. Visiting scholars are not enrolled in a degree program elsewhere.

1.2 Visiting Student

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. In addition, 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.

Visiting students are not awarded academic credit for courses at MIT and are not eligible for on-campus student housing. Visiting students must be at MIT for at least three weeks and no longer than one year.

1.3 Special Student

Special students receive academic credit for courses taken at MIT. Please note that special students are charged tuition fees.

1.4 Exchange Scholar

Students from the following universities:

Berkeley, Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, Yale

can visit as part of an exchange program. More information here.


2. Requirements

2.1 Funding Requirements for International Visiting Scholars

Visitors must meet current funding levels. 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  

* add $1,200 more per year for each additional child

2.2 Funding Requirements for International Visiting Students

The International Students Office at MIT requires that Visiting Students have at least $2,689 (married students, $3,553) 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 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.

Visiting Students are also responsible for the following fees:

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

Student Activities Fee:
$148 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 stuplan@med.mit.edu (MIT Health Plan Office).

Housing

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.

 

2.3 Health Insurance

Visitors must have valid health insurance. If you are a J-1 exchange visitor, you must meet the exchange minimums. You can find these minimums at http://web.mit.edu/scholars/insreqs.html. For more information regarding health insurance please visit http://web.mit.edu/scholars/healthinsopts.html.


3. Useful Information

3.1 Housing

As you may have heard, living in Boston can be quite expensive. The quality of accommodations at every price level compares unfavorably with housing in most other communities in the United States. Newcomers are strongly advised to budget carefully and realistically to include the high rents prevalent in this area and surrounding suburbs.

Single family houses usually rent for $2500 - $4000 per month, plus the cost of heat and utilities. Furnished rooms, with or without cooking facilities will range from $700 - $900 per month depending on quality and location.

Estimates for monthly rents of apartments, unfurnished, not including utilities or heating costs are as follows:

one bedroom apartment $1200-$2000
two bedroom apartment $1100-$2900

Unfortunately the department cannot help in your search for housing. For more information regarding housing, please visit MIT's off-campus housing website. (Note: we cannot give you access to the current listings portion of this website.)

3.2 Links

international scholars office
http://web.mit.edu/scholars/index.html

international students office
http://web.mit.edu/iso/www/

housing and student life programs
http://web.mit.edu/housing/och/


4. How to Apply

Normally, before applying, a prospective visitor should make contact with a faculty member who agrees to sponsor the visitor. A list of the faculty and their contact information can be found at: http://web.mit.edu/philosophy/faculty.html

Visiting Scholar applications should be submitted at least four months in advance of your anticipated start date. Visiting Student applications should be submitted at least four months in advance of your anticipated start date. N.B. Early Visiting Student applications are more likely to be accepted. To apply, you must submit the following information:

1. Statement of Purpose
    Please include the exact beginning and end dates of your visit and the faculty member you would like to work with during your stay.
2. CV
3. Writing Sample
4. 2-3 letters of recommendation

Please send the application by email to Chrissy Graham (cgraham@mit.edu), or by regular mail at:

chrissy graham
department of linguistics and philosophy
massachusetts institute of technology
77 massachusetts avenue, 32-d808
cambridge, ma 02139-4307
usa

 


MIT philosophy
updated: 8-dec-14