Country Prep Subpages
|Course No.||Course Name|
|The Making of Modern South Asia|
|Science, Caste and Gender in India|
|Music of India|
|Economy and Business in Modern China and India|
|Women in the Developing World|
|Topics in Indian Popular Culture|
|A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society|
|Mughal Landscapes: History, Heritage, and Design|
|Urbanization and Development|
|South Asian America: Transnational Media, Culture, and History|
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 India
India requires an employment or travel visa, unless you have an Indian passport or OCI/ PIO card. If you are not a US Citizen, please advise the program manager immediately and check with your consulate and the Indian visa websites listed below for more information. The process can often take more documentation and time.
The program manager will advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required. Please carefully begin reviewing what is needed to enter India on a student, employment, and/or tourist visa. See the Indian Embassy website and BLS International Services for more information. Several documents are required from the MIT-India program and your host in India. Do not apply for your visa until you have been placed in an internship and have met with the program manager.
If you are planning to travel to other countries before or after the program, check with the embassies of those countries before you leave the US regarding visas, documents, and/or immunizations required. You will find most embassies on the Internet at http://www.embassy.org/embassies/.
Flights are typically booked in April and May, once the program placement has been finalized and the Indian visa has been issued. Flights are never booked until the visa has been received and your passport returned.
Flights are typically booked directly by the student and this will be determined by the host in April. The MIT-India program will provide a stipend to the student in advance of purchase. A few partners in India purchase flights for interns and you will be notified in advance. It is each student's responsibility to read and understand the terms and conditions for your airline ticket.
MISTI provides resources and advice for housing throughout India. Housing options vary by location, so start looking early. MIT India will help you try to narrow down your search and connect you with other interns in the area. MIT India hosts most often include housing at the academic institution, corporate housing, or NGO guesthouse.
- University housing
Contact your host to see if dorm rooms are offered. These usually consist of shared rooms and shared bathrooms.
- Corporate apartments
The host will notify you if housing is including on the corporate campus or nearby.
- Research Institute housing
Explore whether the institute has a guesthouse. Contact your host to see if there are sublets available within the research group or if any faculty are interested in paying guests.
- Shared apartments
Interns often try to live in shared apartments and find roommates through MIT India or their host organization.
Some students prefer to book a hostel and meet potential roommates upon arrival. The YWCA/YMCA hostels in Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai are clean, provide security, and many of our interns have enjoyed their accommodations. Many working Indian women living away from family utilize the YWCAs.