International students can only work ON CAMPUS with a maximum of 20 hours per week.
But, there are plenty of opportunities - at your dorm, at the library, at the Admissions Office or (very popular) get a UROP!
IMPORTANT: Get a Social Security Number!!!
Once you have a job, you should immediately apply for a Social Security Number. Getting it is a tiring procedure, but it is worth it. People will ask you for it, wherever you are going... It makes life a lot easier.
The minimum payment on campus is $9.75 hour.
Most probably not. US Embassies all over the world recognize MIT and this should aid your application process. Don't worry about having your visa rejected. Do, however, apply early as processing time varies from country to country depending on the number of applicants.
You can request The International Student's Office to assign you mentor groups who'll come pick you up in an MIT shuttle. You'll get an email about this around early August.
Anything! It won't be like high school, of course. You''ll need to be good at time management to pursue more than 2 activities though. You can view a list of all student groups as recognized by the Association of Student Activities here.
There are plenty of options on campus. There are different cafeterias in several dorms across campus offering a variety of stir fry, salads etc.
In the Student Center you can also find Mexican, Asian, Middle-Eastern and Indian food. During class time, there are also many food trucks around offering cheap and good lunches. Two on campus Supermarkets also provide you with all the other necessary snacks, food and cooking supplies.
Besides, you can find free food basically everywhere on campus. Watch out and take advantage during Orientation...
Missing mom's good food at home? Need more diversity?
Boston and Cambridge are closer than most MIT students realize. Go out to dinner. You will be amazed by the great diversity of nationalities and food options available in the Boston area.
Your advisers will guide you and there are several sessions about choosing your courses, the range of choices, the requirements, etc.
Don't worry! All the freshmen basically take the same courses all together anyway: Mathematics (18.01, 18.02), Intro to Solid State Chemistry (3.091) or Chemistry (5.111 or 5.112), Biology (7.01x)
Just go with the flow.
If you to take more advanced courses in certain areas, talk to your advisor and upperclassmen.
Yes, definitely. Harvard is only two T stops away and many students choose to cross register for courses not offered at MIT, in particular, language courses.
We'll be honest. It's awful 7 months a year, from mid October through early May. Winter temperatures can be as low as -15 F with wind chill. But dont worry, you'll get used to it. Bring good winter clothing, a good, durable coat, a few lighter jackets and you should be set. And oh, don't forget the raincoat!
If it helps, the MIT Women's Association holds a "free winter clothes" event every year right after orientation. You'll get an email when you arrive on campus.
If it's that cold, how do we go around campus in the snow?
Thank God for Safe rides! MIT transportation and parking dept has shuttles going around campus from 7 am to 3 am! (some shuttles also stop at Star Market and Central Square)
The MIT Housing Committee has compiled a comprehensive list here.
The MIT Medical will address almost every health concern you have - from your teen acne that won't go away, to a bruised knee, winter flu and even falling hair. Urgent care is available 24/7 and drugs are sold at the campus pharmacy at very nominal costs. MIT Mental Health offers assistance during depression (in particular, pre exam stress and anxiety) and other psychological concerns.
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