Visiting MIT as an international researcher or educator

The International Scholars Office (ISchO) assists incoming international scholars only after they have received an invitation from an MIT department, laboratory, or center. Those interested in visiting MIT as a scholar should check for open positions posted on the MIT website. Identify which departments, faculty members, or research groups are doing work similar to yours, or might be interested in your work, and contact them directly.

If you receive an invitation to join an MIT department or laboratory, do not assume that an existing visa in your passport or the visa waiver program is right for your visit. Your host department will inform you of the appropriate visa, based on your planned activities. Upon arrival at MIT, the department will assist you in getting the space and training you need to begin your work.

Please do not make a consulate or visa appointment, or make travel reservations until you have been notified that it is appropriate to do so.

Services for international scholars

International scholars are required to register with ISchO upon arrival. They will be invited to attend an orientation session and the ISchO can also provide guidance on matters related to immigration, family, work, travel, and culture. Additional programming for scholars and special events open to the campus community are offered throughout the year.

Helpful links for international scholars

Please visit the International Scholars Office for more information.