Official visit requests

Delegations and official visits

MIT welcomes international delegations and visitors seeking meaningful dialogue and academic or other connections/collaborations with members of the MIT community. Visitors may include government officials, university leaders, and distinguished professionals in various fields, or those partaking in fellowships or special programs sponsored by local consulates, the US State Department, or other official entities.

Visits are managed through the office of the Executive Director for Institute Events and Protocol and in consultation with the Director of International Affairs.

Connections may be made through embassies, US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Programs, direct contact, and MIT referrals. To expedite the process, we ask that you complete the official request form at least three weeks prior to your visit. You may email specific questions to

Please note

  • this form is for official visits only—prospective students and those seeking to request private group tours should visit the Office of Admissions.
  • there are certain periods during the year when the availability of MIT’s faculty and staff members is limited due to the academic schedule. For this reason, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to accommodate professional group visits on legal US and Massachusetts holidays and from mid-May to the end of August or during the last few weeks of December. See the MIT Academic Calendar, US federal holidays, and Massachusetts holidays
  • please note that MIT is closed on December 25 and 26, 2017, and again on January 1 and 2, 2018. We will review all requests received between December 21 and January 2 after January 3, 2018.

MIT departments, labs, and centers hosting international visitors are invited to contact us directly for advice on matters of protocol, logistics, security, and translation referrals.

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Secretary of State John Kerry

John Kerry, 68th United States Secretary of State, visited MIT in January 2017.

Photo: Bryce Vickmark

Vice President for Research Maria Zuber

MIT Vice President for Research Maria Zuber greets Ashton B. Carter, 25th United States Secretary of Defense.

Photo: Bryce Vickmark

US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited MIT in September 2015.

Photo: Justin Knight


Rwandan President Paul Kagame visited MIT in April 2014.
Photos: Dominick Reuter

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