Massachusetts Institute of Technology

International Scholars Office

  • ISchO Home
  • ISchO Staff
  • International Scholars
  • MIT Administrators
  • IScho News
  • Contact Us


Summer Connect Event 6/16

DHS Extends US-Canada, US-Mexico Border Restrictions Through June 21,2021
May 25, 2021

USDOS Provides Updated Guidance on National Interest Exemptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and India
May 13, 2021

Suspension of U.S. Consular Services in Russia
May 4, 2021

Executive Order Imposing COVID-19 Travel Restrictions to U.S. adds India
May 4, 2021

USDOS Provides Updated Guidance on National Interest Exemptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and India
May 4, 2021

U.S. Department of State raises alert levels regarding international travel
April 21, 2021

Executive Order Extending Travel Restriction to U.S. from Iran, China, Brazil, Europe/Schengen Countries (including United Kingdom and Ireland); adding
South Africa

January 27, 2021

Biden Administration Revokes Trump Administration “Travel Bans”
January 27, 2021

US will require negative
Covid-19 tests for international travelers

January 13, 2021

Court Halts Implementation of H-1B and Prevailing Wage Rules
December 7, 2020

Summary of USDHS Proposed Rule Impacting Period of Admission for F, J, and I Visa Status
October 20, 2020

DHS Announces New Premium Processing Fee
October 19, 2020

USCIS temporarily prohibited from increasing fees on October 2, 2020
September 30, 2020

ISchO Immigration Update
August 6, 2020

Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers on F and J Visas from the People’s Republic of China
effective June 1, 2020

Warning - Phone/Email Fraud

Far from home when something stressful, shocking, or sad happens...
Support for International Scholars and their Families

77 Massachusetts Avenue entrance to MIT

Welcome! Whether you are a member of the MIT administration or an international scholar, spouse, or MIT faculty member, you are likely to find comprehensive information on these pages that will answer your questions and provide you with helpful guidance. Simply point and click on a category above, or follow the “Quick Links.” Can’t find what you are looking for? The International Scholars Office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 3pm, feel free to visit. Or, to call or e-mail, click on the Contact Us link above.

Every year, over 2000 international scholars (visiting researchers, professors, and lecturers) and accompanying family members are affiliated with the MIT community. In 2019 - 2020, for example, this extraordinary group of individuals represented more than 90 countries and engaged in research and teaching activities in more than 70 MIT departments, laboratories, centers, and programs.

The mission of the International Scholars Office (ISchO) is to facilitate the arrival and appointment of international visitors, who are invited to campus to teach, conduct research, observe, and collaborate. ISchO encourages and supports the exchange of scholars and strives to ease the transition of foreign nationals into the campus community. Weekly orientations are given for incoming international scholars and family members. Just prior to fall and spring semesters, “new international faculty” orientations are given for incoming tenure-track faculty members. ISchO provides resources, information, and programming on a wide range of family, work, cultural exchange, visa, and travel topics relevant to the international scholar population. Numerous trainings on working with the ISchO, visa processing, and academic appointments are also held throughout the year for department, laboratory, and center administrators. ISchO also engages in advocacy efforts to protect international educational exchange, prevent burdensome federal regulations, and clarify and improve related procedures.

International Students please consult the International Students Office website.

Last Updated: May 2021

50 Ames St, Room E18-209, Cambridge, MA 02142 | Telephone: (617) 253-2851 | Fax: (617) 253-6624 | E-mail:| Accessibility