MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Guidelines: MIT International Students

Special restrictions apply to international students conducting UROP research. Before accepting a UROP position and submitting a UROP application, you should check-in with the International Students Office (ISO) to ensure that the terms of your UROP positions do not conflict with these restrictions.


Weekly Hours

International students are restricted in the number of hours that may be worked on a UROP project during any given week:

NOTE: If you are working up to 40 hours per week during IAP and choose to continue your work through the spring, you must reduce your hours to 20 or less per week, beginning the first day of spring term classes. Similarly, if you are working up to 40 hours per week during the summer and choose to continue your work through the fall, you must reduce your hours to 20 or less per week, beginning the first day of fall classes.

Restrictions on weekly hours apply to all UROP projects conducted for pay, academic credit, or as a volunteer. You are responsible for tracking your hours and making sure that you are working within these guidelines.

Research and Teaching Assistantships

Full-time Research and Teaching Assistantships constitute 20 hours per week. If you have a full RA or TA, you have reached you maximum allowable work limit. You are therefore not permitted to take on any additional on (or off) campus employment.

Off-campus UROP

While most UROP projects are conducted on-campus, some projects take place off-campus at MIT-affiliated research sites. If your project is taking place off-campus, you must first inform the International Students Office first before accepting the position. If the MIT-affiliated site has indicated that they plan to pay you through a system other than MIT Student Payroll system, you must inform the ISO before accepting employment.

All restrictions on weekly hours apply to off-campus UROP.

For more information, consult staff in the International Students Office (ISO) at iso-help@mit.edu.