International Students and Scholars


Starting school or work in a new country can be daunting. As part of Cambridge Trust's on-going commitment to Bentley, Harvard and MIT international students and scholars, we would like to ease your transition by helping you establish your local bank account before you arrive on campus.
All of our accounts feature personal attention from qualified bankers dedicated to answering your questions and addressing your needs. Our simple three step account opening program makes establishing a relationship a smooth process that saves you time and money, while avoiding the risks and inconvenience of carrying large sums of cash or traveler's checks.

Step 1:
Prior to arrival:

  • Fax a copy of your passport and acceptance letter or Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 Exchange Visitor Status to the contact listed below
  • Send a confirming e-mail to the attention of the contact listed below
  • Review the glossary of banking terms to familiarize yourself with some banking terminology

Step 2:
Cambridge Trust will:

  • Establish a checking account with a debit card in your name and assign an account number
  • Order you a free set of checks
  • Provide you with our wire transfer instructions, which will enable you to transfer money from your bank to Cambridge Trust Company before you leave home. We will waive the initial fee for the incoming international wire.

Step 3:
Upon arrival on campus:

  • Come into the Bank and present your passport, sign the necessary documents and pick up your checkbook and debit card
  • Access to your account will be granted upon your arrival in the Cambridge area.
  • Verification letters provided upon request


Cambridge Trust Company Contact Information

Harvard University International Students

Primary Contact
Maria Montgomery
Vice President, Office Manager
1336 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-441-1580
Fax: 617-812-2403

Secondary Contact
Mary C. Greene
Phone: 617-441-1431

MIT International Students and Scholars

Primary Contact
Telma Salvador
Vice President, Office Manager
415 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 617-503-4002
Fax: 617-441-0342

Secondary Contact
Sandy Li

Bentley University International Students

Primary Contact:
Steven Pisan
Vice President, Office Manager
361 Trapelo Road
Belmont, MA 02478
Phone: 617-503-5260
Fax: 617-489-1241

Secondary Contact:
Rob Kier
Phone: 617-503-5261