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How do I apply to be an Exchange/Special/Visiting student?

Information on Special Student admissions is handled through the MIT Office of Graduate Admissions.

If you’ve completed one year of full-time study at your home university and are interested in taking classes as an undergraduate¬†non-degree¬†student, you may be eligible to apply as a Special Student.

If you’ve completed your bachelor’s degree and are interested in taking classes as a¬†non-degree graduate student, you may¬†be eligible to apply for¬†the¬†Advanced Study Program (ASP).

If you are interested in doing research at MIT, you will need to be invited by an academic department as a Visiting Student. There is no central application to apply as a visiting student. Instead, individual faculty members must invite you to their lab to engage in research. If there is a specific area of research you find interesting, you may try contacting the affiliated department, laboratory, or faculty member to learn about available opportunities. For a list of current research areas, please visit the research site.

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