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

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

Course No. Course Name
17.156
Welfare and Capitalism in Western Europe
17.561
European Politics
21H.001
How to Stage a Revolution
21H.141
Renaissance to Revolution: Europe 1300-1800

Language Courses

Course No. Course Name
21F.068J - 21F.374
A list of current language offerings can be found on the MIT French Department’s

Additional Resources

In addition to academic work, there is an excellent variety of resources to improve and practice your French language skills.
BBC-Learn French Reference for free online resources
French Cultural Center Boston French language courses and events

 

Recommended Reading

French or Foe Getting the most out of Visiting, Living and Working in France by Polly Platt
60 Million Frenchmen Can’t be Wrong A View into the French heart, mind and soul by Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow

Passport

Every student needs a valid passport. If you are a US citizen and need to apply, please contact the passport division of the State Department. Routine service requires 4-6 weeks.

 

Visa for France

Program managers can advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required.

See if your country requires an entry visa in France.

To schedule an appointment with the French Consulate in Boston, visit the online visa system. It is recommended to book an appointment at least one month in advance of your departure date.

If your internship is with a company, you will be required to have permission from the government as part of the application. This can add another month to the process. See your program manager to confirm.

Flight

Each student flight is covered by either the MIT-France Program or the host. If covered by the MIT-France program, students have their itinerary approved by the Program Manager and are then reimbursed for a flight.

For summer internships, students book flights in April after they have confirmed their summer internships dates. Most students have to make a connection in order to get the most economical 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 France to travel after your internship ends (at your own expense).

Accommodation

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

  1. University housing
    Contact your host to see if there are sublets available within the research group or if student housing will be available during your stay.
  2. Research Institute housing
    Explore whether the institute has a guesthouse. Contact your host to see if there are sublets available within the research group
  3. Shared apartments
    Some students prefer to find sublets with other students, it can be possible to find a “coloc” or roommate using one of the sites below
  4. Hostels
    Some students prefer to book a hostel and meet potential roommates upon arrival

 

Shared Apartments

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