Exchange Scholar Program

The Exchange Scholar Program facilitates an exchange of study and research for doctoral students enrolled at the following institutions: University of California at Berkeley, Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Stanford University, and Yale University.

Students may study at one of the other schools for a limited period of time, in order to take advantage of particular educational opportunities not available on the home campus. The academic experience, including courses taken or research conducted, will be registered on the academic record maintained by the student’s home institution.

Exchange Scholars to MIT may register for a limit of two classes per term, or for one thesis research subject, and only for the term(s) indicated on the program information. The incoming student may register for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of two semesters plus one summer.

For the Exchange Scholar: To pursue research, the student must contact the professor with whom he or she wishes to work. To pursue course work, contact the department administrator to ensure that the proposed plan is feasible. Once the request is approved, the student contacts the department administrator to arrange logistics.

For the administrator: The Office of Graduate Education (OGE) sends signed copies of the application to the participating university, the MIT Registrar’s Office, the MIT department accepting or sending an Exchange Scholar, and, if applicable, the MIT International Students Office (ISO). The department is responsible for admitting the student through the Admissions Office and for registering the student for courses or thesis.

Further details are found on the application form.