A student who is neither a United States citizen nor a United States Permanent Resident is considered an International Student.
The basic instructions for international students are the same as for domestic student. In addition to the academic documentation required for admission as a Special Student, international applicants must submit their official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. The minimum required scores are 90 on the TOEFL internet-based test and 7 on the IELTS. Some departments may have higher score requirements. All transcripts must be certified and officially translated into English. The TOEFL reporting code for MIT is 3514.
The program does not offer TOEFL or IELTS waivers. Applicants who are not native English speakers must submit test score results.
After admission to MIT, applicants must provide evidence of their ability to meet all financial obligations of study at MIT, including tuition and living expenses. Please note that living expenses for married students are substantially higher. The form I-20 or DS 2019 will not be issued for subject registration of less than 36 units. Most subjects at MIT are either 9 or 12 units each. Full-time tuition will cover 36 units or more.
An international student who holds a student visa at another university or any non-resident visa holder should contact the International Students Office for information on transfer or change of visa status procedures after they received an offer of admission.