Academic Programs

MIT Email & Computing

During the spring before you arrive at MIT, you’ll receive information that will help you set up secure MIT Athena access (Athena is MIT’s computing environment), which includes creating your official MIT email address and password. You will also need to download MIT certificates to your computer to access certain secure areas of the MIT website. For other general MIT computer information, visit MIT IS&T’s website:

International Graduate Students

International students must complete a set of online forms to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa category. Please find information regarding these forms on the International Students Office website ( These forms must be completed even if you have already submitted documents certifying sufficient funds with your initial application. Additionally, you’ll have to schedule an appointment with the ISO for clearance once you arrive on campus in August / September, or you won’t be able to register.

Please direct questions to the International Students Office at 617-253-3795 or

MIT Medical

Upon matriculation at MIT, students are automatically enrolled in the MIT Student Medical Plan. Massachusetts law requires all incoming students to take a physical, be up to date on immunizations, and provide a copy of their medical history. Please visit the Graduate Student section of the MIT Medical website for more information about the plan and to access the required Student Medical Report Form.

If you’ll have health coverage through another source (spouse, employer, fellowship, etc.) please visit the MIT Medical Waiver FAQ webpage to see if your coverage meets state and federal requirements and if you may be eligible to opt out of the MIT Student Medical Plan. Please keep in mind that there is a deadline to opt-out of the automatic student coverage so if you anticipate declining MIT coverage please start the process with MIT Medical as soon as possible. For questions or more information please contact MIT Medical (617-258-7051 /


On-Campus Housing

There are five graduate residence halls for single students and two apartment buildings for students with families. Please see for additional information.

If you would like on-campus graduate housing for the fall term, you must participate in the Graduate Housing Assignments Allocation Process. The application will be available from the Graduate Housing website ( during the latter part of the spring term. Please be sure to check the website for important dates and deadlines.

Off-Campus Housing

If you prefer not to live on-campus the MIT Housing Office is still a great resource for you. Please visit their off-campus housing page ( for listings, the MIT Survival Guide to Renting Off Campus and other helpful information.

Graduate Writing Exam

All incoming CDO students, both U.S. and international, must take MIT’s online Graduate Writing Examination administered by the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. The exam is offered electronically once each year, this year the exam is offered from June 21-27. Students must register in advance (registration takes place between June 7th and June 20th via If you do not pass the exam you will be required to take a writing workshop during your first January Independent Activities Period (IAP). Please see the table below for important dates and deadlines and visit the Graduate Writing Exam webpage for more information.

CSE students, please follow the policy of your home department regarding the Graduate Writing Exam.



Registration opens* TBD
Registration closes TBD
Readings posted online TBD
Questions posted online; essay writing begins TBD
Essays due TBD
Graduate Administrators receive exam results TBD
In-person make-up exam TBD

English Evaluation Test

International students who were required to submit IELTS results for admission should also take the English Evaluation Test (EET) administered by the English Language Studies Program prior to the start of the Fall term. The EET is designed for entering international graduate students whose primary language of instruction throughout K-12 was not English. The exam, which consists of a written section and brief oral interview, identifies weaknesses in academic English that may interfere with course work, teaching and research at MIT. EET results are strictly informative: there is no “passing” or “failing.” More information can be found at:

Parking and Transportation

MIT’s Parking and Transportation Office offers numerous commuting options including discount MBTA passes (Boston’s public transportation system), fee-based parking passes, free local shuttles, bicycle registration and memberships. Please visit the Commuter Connections website ( for more information.

Registration and CCE Orientation

Registration Day and CCE Orientation take place the Tuesday after Labor Day, with classes beginning the next day. There is no pre-registration for incoming graduate students. You and your advisor will decide which subjects you should take, depending on your research and funding situation.

CDO students: Please check the CDO Curriculum and online subject listings ( to ensure you are able to complete all required coursework in a timely manner.
CSE students: Please follow the guidelines of your home department, keeping in mind that you must take at least five subjects from the Approved Computational Science and Engineering Subject List.

Each fall, the MIT Graduate Student Council ( organizes institute-wide orientation events for new graduate students. More information will be available on their website in late summer and will also be communicated to you via email.

Employment and Tax Forms

Any student who receives partial or full funding through MIT is required to fill out I-9, W4, M4 and direct deposit authorization forms. Please visit the ODGE I-9 Obligations webpage for more information.

Other Questions or Concerns?

Please contact Kate Nelson with any questions or concerns you may have as you prepare for your graduate studies with CCSE, she’s happy to help!