Make the most of your internship in Italy! MISTI training sessions and resources are designed to familiarize you with Italian culture, society and workplace norms.

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

Course No. Course Name
Welfare and Capitalism in Western Europe
European Politics
Fall of the Roman Republic
The Ancient World: Rome
GOV 1171
Government 1171 (Harvard)
GOV 2176
Varieties of Capitalism and Social Inequality

Language Courses

A basic knowledge of Italian is absolutely required. There are no Italian classes offered at MIT this year, but you can fulfill the requirement by taking one of the following:
Course No. Course Name
Cross register for Italian one (Aa) higher level classes or Italian culture classes for credit. For more info contact Dr. Elvira di Fabio
Italian One, Two and Three offered online, at your own pace. Certificate required
The Dante Alighieri Society Italian language courses/events
Mango Languages ( In addition to online tutorials in various languages, Mango offers a selection of international feature films in different languages. The films can be streamed as is or viewed with subtitles.

Additional Resources

Mango Languages ( In addition to online tutorials in many different languages, Mango also offers a small selection of international feature films in different languages. These films can either be streamed as is, or viewed with subtitles in either English or the target language. Each film can also be viewed with language lessons, which include vocabulary and cultural notes before each scene. The Mango app for Apple and Android allows you to download tutorials to your mobile device, which can then be viewed offline.

Training Sessions

May 13, 2016 12:00pm - 2:15pm View Event Details
MA3 Workshop Training ONLY
May 12, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm View Event Details
How to Make the Best of your Internship
May 6, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm View Event Details
An Introduction to Italy Part Two: Culture
April 29, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm View Event Details
An Introduction to Italy Part One: History and Politics
April 25, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm View Event Details
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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 Italy

American citizens do NOT need a visa for stays up to 100 days. Program managers can advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required.

See if your country requires an entry visa to Italy.

Obtaining work visas for Italy is nearly impossible. Most MIT-Italy interns who do need a visa apply for the student one, but the vast majority of interns do not need a visa.

If you do need a visa, please make sure to inform the MIT-Italy Program. We will work with you to obtain it (Please note that we can only help you obtain a visa at the Italian Consulate in Boston). To schedule an appointment with the Italian Consulate in Boston, please click here.  It is recommended to book an appointment at least one month in advance of your departure date. 


Most MISTI internships include a standard travel allowance that covers transportation costs.  Students are responsible for booking and purchasing their own flights—unless their host is providing the ticket.  

Direct flights from the US to Italy are relatively scarce.  You may cut costs by flying to a major European city and then to your destination city with a low cost European airline, like Easy Jet or Ryan Air. For routes and booking go to or

Prices fluctuate widely, but do not leave it to the last minute and NEVER buy a one-way ticket.


If you’re receiving funding through MIT-Italy we will transfer your funds directly into your account. Please make sure you’re signed up for direct deposit

If you’re funded by your hosts, please keep in mind that you will most likely be paid at the end of the month. Plan accordingly.



MIT-Italy provides advice for housing throughout Italy, but students are responsible for finding their own housing, unless provided by their hosts. Most hosts are willing to help with the search.  Some students prefer to stay at a hostel for a couple of days and look for a shared apartment in loco. For a list, see for example

In  Milan, we recommend  the Ostello Bello

In Turin, interns have stayed long term at the


Getting Around

Getting around in Italy is best done by train. For tickets and schedules, go to: or