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 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 http://www.easyjet.com/en or http://www.ryanair.com/en
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 http://www.hihostels.com/dba/cmap-it.en.htm.
In Milan, we recommend the Ostello Bello http://www.ostellobello.com/en.