International Students Frequently Asked Questions

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I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I apply?   
Yes. If you are currently in the U.S. on a work visa, you may be eligible to enroll as a part-time ASP Fellow. If you are outside the US and/or wish to be sponsored by MIT for a student visa, you are must be accepted as a full time Fellow studying 36 to 48 units of credit for the semester.

When is the application deadline for international applicants?
The application deadlines are the same for all applicants - May 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring.  However, international applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the fall semester so they have enough time to receive an admissions decision and apply for their US visa. 

How many classes may I take?
International applicants who require a U.S. student visa must register as full time students and must be enrolled in 36 to 48 units of credit. MIT classes are very demanding. First-time Program participants will not be approved for more than 48 units.

Are there many international Fellows?
Yes. Generally about half of the Fellows are international. Recent Fellows came from Korea, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Norway, Argentina, India, France, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Is housing included in tuition?
No. Accepted Fellows may apply for on-campus housing for an additional cost, however space is not guaranteed. Most Fellows arrange private housing off-campus.

Is there an interview?
No. Prospective Fellows are welcome to contact the Program before submitting an application if they have questions.

What are the test requirements?
If you are a non-native English speaker, you are required to present IELTS (International English Language Test) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores from the last two years. IELTS results are strongly preferred. No GRE test is required.

Who has to take the IELTS/TOEFL?
All non-native English Speakers must provide test scores for English language proficiency. Students who have received instruction in English in their primary and secondary schools and students who have been in the United States for four years or longer and have received a degree from an American institution may be eligible for a waiver of the English proficiency exam requirement by sending a written request to the department.

What IELTS/TOEFL score is needed?
Strong candidates will score 7.5 or better on the IELTS, 100 or better on the internet-based TOEFL, or 600 or better on the paper-based TOEFL. Certain academic departments at MIT do not accept TOEFL scores so IELTS results are strongly preferred.

Can I Apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) Through ASP?
As of writing in February 2018, only students pursuing a degree are eligible to apply for OPT. Special non-degree students -- such as all ASP Fellows -- are not eligible to apply for OPT. Please visit the International Students Office OPT page for the most up-to-date information.