Get ready for your MISTI experience! MISTI training sessions and resources are designed to familiarize you with Chilean culture, society and workplace norms.

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

Course No. Course Name
Political Economy of Technology and Development in Latin America
Introduction to Latin American Studies
Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition: Perspectives on Technology and Culture
Advanced Communication in Spanish: Topics in Language and Culture
Introduction to Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film
Hispanic America: One Hundred Years of Literature and Film
Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film
Globalization and its Discontents: Spanish-speaking Nations

Language Courses

Course No. Course Name
Spanish III
Spanish III – Globalization
Spanish IV
Spanish IV – Globalization
Spanish: Communication Intensive I
Spanish: Communication Intensive II
Spanish Conversation and Composition
Spanish Conversation and Composition - Globalization

Additional Resources

Machuca Set in 1973 Santiago during Salvador Allende's socialist government and shortly before General Augusto Pinochet's military coup in 1973, the film tells the story of two friends, one of them the very poor Pedro Machuca who is integrated into the elite school of his friend Gonzalo Infante.
No Military dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to decide his permanence in power in 1988, the leaders of the opposition persuade a young daring advertising executive - René Saavedra - to head their campaign. With limited resources and under the constant scrutiny of the despot's watchmen, Saavedra and his team conceive of a bold plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.
Los 80 The series, tells the story of the Herrera family, a middle-class family living in Santiago of Chile. The plot is situated between 1982 and 1988, in the military regime, and revolves around the various historical events of 1980, especially the great economic crisis of that year and the 8.0 magnitude earthquake in Santiago.
Los Archivos del Cardenal The series tells the story of the work of human rights that made the Vicariate of Solidarity during the Chilean military dictatorship

Training Sessions

May 9, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm View Event Details
Culture workshop with MISTI alumni and Chilean/Peruvian/Argentine MIT students
May 2, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm View Event Details
Logistics; health, safety, and security; regional and country-specific history and politics
April 25, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm View Event Details
Get advice about your summer from MISTI alumni and learn more about cross-cultural communication, the workplace and staying safe abroad

Recommended Reading

Collier and Sater: A History of Chile, 1808-2002 Chilenismos: Dictionary and Phrasebook


Every student needs a valid passport. If you are a US citizen and need to apply or renew your passport, please visit the US State Department's website for more information. Routine service requires 4-6 weeks. Note: your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your planned return. 

Visa for Chile

Program managers can advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required. Please see the list from Chile's Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores to find out if you need a visa based on your country of citizenship.

US Citizens no longer have to pay a reciprocity fee upon entering Chile. Residents of Canada, Mexico, and Australia must pay this fee upon entering Chile. This fee, paid by cash or credit card, is paid prior to going through immigration control. Once paid, you will receive your tourist visa, good for 90 day intervals, and a fee receipt, which will be stapled into the last page of your passport. This one-time fee is good for the life of your passport.


Each flight is booked by the student.

For summer internships, most students book flights immediately after confirming the dates of their internship with their host.

If you need the change the dates on your ticket, there will be a change fee associated with the date change. It is best to purchase your flight after confirming your dates with your internship host. Also keep in mind that one-way tickets are not necessarily less expensive than a round-trip ticket.

If your stay is fewer than 90 days and you do not require an entry visa, it should be possible for you to stay in Chile to travel after your internship ends (at your own expense).



MISTI provides resources and advice for housing throughout Chile. Housing options vary by location, so start looking early.

1. Host family

 Staying with a host family is a great way to immerse yourself into the Chilean culture. If you are interested in staying with a host family while you are in Chile, please contact the Program Manager as soon as possible, as matching you with a family takes time.

2. Apartments

Because Santiago is an international city, there are many apartment vacancies. Most students use the resources here to find their apartments.

Check out the cost of living guide to get a sense of how much things cost in Chile. Rent should cost between CLP 160,000-250,000/month (USD 315-500/month) depending on the location of the apartment, and the amenities offered. Utilities, including internet, may or may not be included; be sure to ask your point of contact.

Keep in mind that you'll want to look for a furnished apartment, whether you're planning on living alone or looking for a roommate. Also, most apartment buildings have gastos comunes, or building fees that may cover some utilities. Consult your point of contact.

Shared Apartments

Getting Around

If you are placed at an internship in Santiago, use the Metro when you can. The capital’s subway system is generally fast, efficient, and clean. Instead of purchasing single tickets, buy a plastic BIP! card (say BIP! out loud in Spanish and you’ll understand why the cards are named that way) and reload as necessary. The bus system in Santiago can be tricky, although buses have fixed routes and stops. Using the bus system takes some getting used to, but  it may be more convenient depending on where you will stay in the city. Visit the Santiago Metro website and the Transantiago (buses) website for more information.