Get ready for a life-altering experience in India! MIT-India orientation sessions, educational seminars, and resources are designed to familiarize you with India culture, society and workplace norms. We review and assist with complex travel, visa, health, and housing arrangements.

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

Course No. Course Name
Mughal Landscapes: History, Heritage, and Design
Introduction to International Development
Urbanization and Development
Economic Development and Policy Analysis
Legal Aspects of Property and Land Use
Global Economic Challenges and Opportunities
Economy and Business in Modern China and India
Seminar in International Management
The Rise of Asia
Practicum in Global Health and Development
Environmental Struggles
Cross Cultural Investigations: Technology & Development
Topics in Indian Popular Culture
A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society
Topics in South Asian Literature and Culture
The Making of Modern South Asia
The British Empire: Trade, Labor, Literature, Politics
Music of India
South Asian America: Transnational Media, Culture, and History
D-Lab: Development
Making the Modern World: The Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective
Women in the Developing World
Science, Caste and Gender in India

Additional Resources

Off-campus language courses
South Asian Courses at Harvard MIT students may cross-register at Harvard to fulfill the course requirement.
Boston Language Center Offers Indian Language courses
BBC The Story of India Michael Wood journeys through the subcontinent, tracing the incredible richness and diversity of its peoples, cultures and landscapes.
BBC Welcome to India 2012 Documentary: This observational series casts aside the usual preconceptions about the sub-continent, and lets a few

Training Sessions

For MIT-India summer 2015 students, any training specific to MIT-India is required. "Communicating across Cultures" and "MISTI Health & Safety" are required MISTI-wide trainings, and other MISTI-wide trainings are optional depending on your area of interest.
March 10, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm View Event Details
Communicating across Cultures
March 30, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm View Event Details
Food, Land & Water: the World and MIT
April 1, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm View Event Details
MISTI Health & Safety
April 6, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm View Event Details
Energy: the World and MIT
April 8, 2015 5:00pm View Event Details
a training for MIT-India interns
April 18, 2015 9:00am View Event Details
a training for MIT-India interns
April 29, 2015 5:00pm View Event Details
a training for MIT-India interns
May 6, 2015 5:00pm View Event Details
a training for MIT-India interns
April 28, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm View Event Details
A Guide for MIT Students Working Abroad

Recommended Reading

The Digital South Asia Library DSAL is a project of the Center for Research Libraries that provides digital references for research on South Asia . Find scholarly reference books, indexes, images, bibliographies, maps, and statistics.
The Hindu One of the most reputable newspapers in India, published in Chennai, with notable coverage of current events especially in South India.
The India Express This India-wide newspaper has gained a strong reputation in journalism.
Outlook general India news magazine like Time or Newsweek
India Today general India news magazine like Time or Newsweek
Culture Shock: Traveling to India for the First Time Article about culture shock in India
British Broadcasting Network (BBC) BBC is an excellent source of information with good South Asia coverage


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.

Indian Embassy

BLS International


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 


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.


  1. University housing 
    Contact your host to see if dorm rooms are offered. These usually consist of shared rooms and shared bathrooms.
  2. Corporate apartments 
    The host will notify you if housing is including on the corporate campus or nearby.
  3. 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.
  4. Shared apartments 
    Interns often try to live in shared apartments and find roommates through MIT India or their host organization.
  5. Hostels 
    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.