Advanced Study Program
More FAQs about International Students
When is the application deadline?
Foreign applicants who require visas should apply at least three months before the semester begins, i.e. June 1 for fall and November 1 for spring, to allow time for processing.
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?
Some international students are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
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.
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 course. If you are an international student attending on a student visa, you are required to enroll full time and have sufficient funds during your stay.
How many courses may I take?
International students with student visas must be registered full time and must be enrolled in a minimum of 36 units. Full-time registration covers three or four courses (36-to-48 credits) and/or research. MIT courses are very demanding and we recommend not exceeding 48 units.
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.