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: Film, Visual Arts, and Fiction
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

Fall 2013 schedule
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

April 1, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm View Event Details
April 22, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm View Event Details
Your chance to talk to MIT-Chile alumni!

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 contact the passport division of the State Department. Routine service requires 4-6 weeks.

Visa for Chile

Program managers can advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required. See if your country requires an entry visa in Chile.

US Citizens must pay a $160 Reciprocity Fee upon entering Chile. This fee, paid by cash or credit card, is paid prior to going through Immigration. Once paid, you will receive your tourist visa, good for 90 day intervals, which will be stapled into the last page of your passport. This one-time fee/visa is good for the life of your passport.


Each student 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 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 area the apartment is located in, and the amenities offered.

Housing Resources