Advanced Study Program
FAQs about the Community of Fellows
How many fellows attend each semester?
Between 25 and 40 fellows come to MIT each semester, with about 50 percent attending full time and 50 percent attending part time.
What is the profile of a typical fellow?
Advanced Study Program fellows are a diverse group. Fellows represent a wide age range, from mid-20s to early 50s, though many are in their late 20s to mid-30s. Fellows have anywhere from two to 10 years or more work experience and include both men and women. Some fellows are senior executives in their companies; others have been selected for their leadership potential.
How do fellows get to know each other?
The Advanced Study Program runs events each semester exclusively for fellows and their families, including weekly luncheons and several evening events. Fellows have a dedicated office area and a computer area. Fellows enrolling full time are assigned dedicated desk space.
I have a master's degree or PhD already. Is that unusual for a fellow?
No. Many fellows have already earned an advanced degree. Frequently this is a master’s degree in an engineering field. Other fellows have earned JDs, PhDs, MDs, and other advanced degrees.
Are there many international fellows?
Yes. Generally about half of the fellows are international. Recent fellows were from Japan, Korea, China, Mexico, Spain, Ecuador, Algeria, and India.
How can I find housing during my studies?
MIT Professional Education - Advanced Study Program fellows are responsible for finding and paying for their own housing and other living costs.
If possible, before you arrive for your studies, you should come to campus to check out housing options. If you can’t do this, then consider using “Google maps (street view)” to check out the location of your house and neighborhood. That way you can get a good sense of the condition of the houses and local businesses around the place you’re considering to live.
Craigslist.org is a good resource for finding rentals. In the spring and summer, because of student turnover in Boston, rentals move quickly; so check back frequently for new listings.
There are also several websites and services set up to specifically address the large transient academic population in the Cambridge/Boston area. They cater to those looking for rentals (furnished and unfurnished) for a semester or one year. These include SabbaticalHomes, Academic Homes and Harvard University Housing sabbatical listings.