Advanced Study Program
FAQs about International Students
I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I apply?
Yes. If you are currently in the U.S. on a work visa, you are limited to a maximum enrollment of one class. If you are an international student attending on a student visa, you are required to enroll full time for at least 36 units of credit and have sufficient funds during your stay. To calculate how much your education will cost, go to Tuition & Fees
When is the application deadline for international applicants?
For fall semester, May 1 is the deadline and for spring semester November 1 is the deadline.
Is there an interview?
No. Prospective fellows are welcome to contact the director before submitting an application if they have questions or would like advice on their programs.
What are the test requirements?
If you are a non-native English speaker and your high school or college was not taught in English, you are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), for more information click here.
Who has to take the TOEFL?
Individuals whose first language is English or who have studied in an English-language high school or college do not need to take the TOEFL. All others are required to submit a TOEFL score with the application.
What TOEFL score is needed?
A minimum score of 577 for the paper-based test, 233 for the computer-based test, or 100 for the internet-based test is required. Applicants with lower scores may be accepted conditionally if they arrange to study English in the United States before they start the program.
How many classes may I take?
International students who require U.S. student visas must be registered full time and must be enrolled in a minimum of 36 units of credit. MIT classes are very demanding. The MIT Professional Education office recommends limiting registration to 48 units of credit each semester.
Are there many international Fellows?
Yes. Generally about half of the Fellows are international. Recent Fellows came from Japan, Korea, China, Mexico, Spain, Ecuador, Algeria, and India.