Country Prep Subpages
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.
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).
MISTI provides resources and advice for housing throughout France. Housing options vary by location, so start looking early.
- 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.
- Research Institute housing
Explore whether the institute has a guesthouse. Contact your host to see if there are sublets available within the research group
- 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
Some students prefer to book a hostel and meet potential roommates upon arrival