International Students

International students who are selected to participate in HIP, and confirm their acceptance of our invitation, will receive Harvard University sponsorship of the J-1 student intern visa. The cost of obtaining this visa is the responsibility of the intern.

International students will also need to provide evidence of oral and written mastery of English (if English is not your native language) - an interview with selected applicants will be conducted via Skype/Zoom.  You will also need to obtain documentation from your university that you are matriculated in a program leading either to a bachelor's degree or a medical degree. Additionally, per US Dept. of State regulations, selected international applicants will also have to provide evidence of health insurance coverage (intern's expense) and financial support equal to approximately $2,350.00 per month (the stipend is valued at $2,000.00 per month).

International applicants need do nothing with regard to obtaining a visa until they have received confirmation of their selection to HIP. The HIP program administrator will work with Harvard's International Office to initiate the necessary paperwork, and that will be sent via FedEx delivery to the intern's international address. At that point, the student is responsible for scheduling the visa interview at the nearest US Embassy/Consulate, and he/she will also be responsible for any visa application fees.

International applicants who are already studying at a US college and who are selected for our program will need to obtain 'curricular practical training' (CPT) approval from their college or university.

All non-Harvard applicants are encouraged to check with their home university about the availability of, and the intern's eligibility for, a travel grant to supplement the HIP stipend. In some cases, past interns have secured additional funding to cover their travel to Boston.

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Income and expenses borne by international applicants who are selected for our program and commit to participation:
     Income:  $4,500.00 stipend (subject to 14% tax:  $4,500.00 - 14% = $3,870.00)

     Expenses to be covered by the stipend or personal funds:
          Housing:  Free - no cost
          Transportation: Flight or other travel to US - as arranged
          Visa application: ~$180.00
          Health insurance: Coverage per US Dept. of State regulations for J-1 visa ( As part of the J1 visa requirements, you (and any family members traveling with you) will be required by the Department of State to maintain adequate health insurance coverage for the full duration of your trip that meets the following main requirements:

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the J1 visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness

          Food and meals: Per your individual requirements

Extra: Read a Q&A with an international intern from HIP 2014. Elizabeth Cheeseman won a UK-wide competition, sponsored by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine, to study stem cells in Boston.