Upon acceptance to the SPURS Program, you should start preparing for your visa application. To process your request for a J-1, the following documents should be submitted to the SPURS program:
A copy of the letter of award from fellowships or sponsorships indicating the value of the award in US dollars and the period of time for which it is valid; a letter from your employer or agency that states the amount of your funding in US dollars and the period of time for which the funding is valid; a letter or bank statement certifying that you have the minimum amount on deposit in US dollars.
Please refer to the Statement of Expenses enclosed in your letter of admission in order to determine specific funding amount requirements for the SPURS Program. If your funding originates from more than one source, you must have certification from each source.
Complete the Financial Certification form and submit to SPURS Program with all financial certification documents. If all documentations are complete, please allow about 4 weeks for ISO to process and send your I-20 or DS 2019 (IAP-66) travel document to you. For more information on visa regulations and other services, please visit the following websites: http://web.mit.edu/iso/ and http://web.mit.edu/scholars.
The MIT Student Health Program consists of medical services available on campus and a mandatory hospital insurance plan in which all Fellows taking courses for credit are automatically enrolled. Visiting Scholars are eligible to enroll in the MIT Affiliate Health Program, which offers a health service and hospital insurance plan. A waiver form may be submitted if Fellows have comparable coverage elsewhere meeting Massachusetts' mandated minimum requirements for student health insurance.
Housing and Logistical Support
The SPURS office and MIT's Off-Campus Housing Service, which maintains listings of rooms, apartments and houses for rent in Cambridge and the greater Boston area, assists Fellows in locating housing. In addition, the SPURS office (the director, administrator and student assistants), as well as MIT's extensive services to assist international students, is a continuing and ready resource for Fellows as they adjust to life in the United States.
Each Fellow is provided with shared office space equipped with telephones, computers, printers, and an Athena workstation, which offers access to the internet and research databases. In addition, Fellows have access to MIT resources including the Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Humanities, Science, and Management and Social Sciences libraries, and (for an additional charge) the athletic facilities.
SPURS maintains close ties with programs and research centers supported by MIT and other area universities. These include the Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development, and the Center for International Studies at MIT, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Centers for African, Asian and Latin American Studies at Boston University.