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

Language courses are absolutely required
Course No. Course Name
ITAS 103-1 Intensive Elementary Italian-at MIT (CRN 23624)
Italian 1 & 2 for credit on the MIT campus SPRING 2016
follow up or alternative Italian classes

Additional Resources

BYKI app through the MIT Libraries You can improve your Italian through the BYKI app available for free from the MIT Libraries. Visit Byki through the MIT Libraries from a computer or mobile device, and log in through your MIT Touchstone account.
The Dante Alighieri Society Italian language courses and events


Recommended Reading


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