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

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.

Creative portfolios including the following topics

  • Research: A significant research project outside of high school classes. If you have worked on more than one research project, we recommend focusing on the project that is most important to you.
  • Makers: Showcase your projects that require creative insight, technical skill, and a hands-on approach to learning by doing. 

English Language Requirement

  • TOEFL 90+
  • IELTS 7.0+
  • PTE Academic 65+
A group of students from MIT, Aerospace, are creating a model of an airplane.
Source: MIT AeroAstro - Massachusetts Institute of Technology