All students need to demonstrate minimum competence in fields they will continue to study at MIT. We recommend that all international students study:

  • Four years of English
  • Mathematics, at least to the level of calculus
  • Two or more years of history/social studies
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

English Language Requirement

Applicant must submit one of the following English Proficiency Test Scores:

  • TOEFL 90+
  • IELTS 7.0+
  • PTE Academic 65+
  • Cambridge English Qualifications (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency): 185+
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): 12+

Essays & Past Activities

  • Essay on short answer questions regarding your backgrounds and motivation
  • 4 past activities
  • Self-reported Coursework Form

Two Letters of recommendation

These can be letters of recommendation from two teachers (one math/science, one humanities), plus materials from your school counselor.

Visual Art & Architecture Portfolio

Creative individuals with exceptional talent are welcome to submit a portfolio via SlideRoom.

MIT encourages all types of media art, including design, drawing, painting, mixed media, digital media, photography, sculpture, and architectural work. You may submit a portfolio of up to 10 images of your work for review. Include the title, medium, a brief description, date completed, and a brief description of each work’s concept or inspiration.