Get ready for Germany! Our training sessions and resources are designed to familiarize you with German culture, society and workplace norms.

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

Offerings for academic year 2015-2016
Course No. Course Name
21G.055J CMS.311J
Media in Weimar and Nazi Germany (spring)
European Politics (spring)
History of International Politics in the Modern World (spring)

Language Courses

Offerings for academic year 2015-2016
Course No. Course Name
German I - IV
Advanced German: Literature and Culture (fall)
Visual Histories: German Cinema 1945 to Present (fall)
Intensive German Language and Culture (IAP)
Advanced German: Visual Arts, Media, Creative Expression (spring)
Cultural Geographies of Germany (spring)

Additional Resources

Online and local resources to learn and improve German language skills
Goethe Institut Boston German language and culture center
Deutsche Welle Robust online interactive tool to learn German
BBC – Learn German Reference for free online resources
Boylston Schul-Verein German language and culture center for adults

Training Sessions

MIT-Germany Training Sessions
March 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm View Event Details
Communicating across Cultures
April 1, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm View Event Details
MISTI Health & Safety
April 7, 2015 5:00pm - 6:30pm View Event Details
Required of all MIT-Germany students
April 21, 2015 5:00pm View Event Details
Firsthand knowledge from a former MIT undergraduate student about living,working and studying in Germany.

Recommended Reading

Germany: Unraveling an Enigma (book) In-depth analysis of German culture, communication and business practices by Greg Nees
Easier Fatherland: Germany and the Twenty-First Century (book) Journalist Steve Crawshaw focuses on changes in the German mindset and society of the last 15 years
der Spiegel German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung für Deutschland
Deutsche Welle German foreign broadcasting station providing a wealth of topical editorial information
The Local Germany's news in English


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 Germany

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

See if your country requires an entry visa in Germany.

To schedule an appointment with the German 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 an original work permit as part of the application. Select students at research institutions or university labs with will also be subject to a work permit. See your program manager to confirm.

Check out the Visa FAQ for Germany.

Work permit

In Germany, students placed at corporate internships are required to have a work permit. Either MISTI or the host can apply for this document, which requires 4-6 weeks processing time.

Occasionally students at research institutes or labs are required to have a work permit in addition to a letter of invitation. See your program manager to confirm.

Housing Resources

Deutsches Studentenwerk Umbrella organization of 58 Studentenwerke in Germany
wg-gesucht Europe's largest portal for rooms in flat shares and rental apartments without commission
Dreamflat New platform for flat shares in Germany
Studenten-WG Günstige Wohnungen und WG-Zimmer für Studenten (German only)
airbnb Apartment and unique rentals
City Residence Agency for furnished apartments and flats in Frankfurt and Rhine-Main-Area
Check-In Munich Online agency for furnished rooms and apartments in Munich
City Wohnen Agency for furnished rooms/apartments in Hamburg and Berlin (convenient but pricey)
Wimdu Alternative to airbnb, based in Berlin
Immonet Wohnungen, Häuser und noch viel mehr (German only)

Getting Around

Travel by train

Deutsche Bahn

Budget airlines

airberlin, Condor, Germanwings and TUIfly

Travel resources from the Ministry of Economics

Walking and Hiking in Germany
Germany by bike
Vibrant towns and cities
Budget travel