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 Mexico
In most cases, students won't need a special visa to enter Mexico. if students are not US citizens and their US visa is valid no special visa is needed, however if US visa is expiring some countries do requires a visa to enter Mexico
In Mexico, most students won't need a special work permit for an internship.
Occasionally students at companies are required to have a work permit in addition to a letter of invitation. See your program manager to confirm.
Each students flights are covered either by MISTI or the host. If paid by MISTI, students are reimbursed for their tickets or they might purchase them through an MIT approved agency, check with your program manager.
For summer internships, most students book flights in April after they have confirmed their summer internships dates.
MISTI provides resources and advice for housing throughout Mexico. Some hosts offer housing. In case you do need to look for housing options vary by location, so start looking early.
1. University housing
Contact your host to see if there are sublets available within the research group or have dorms available. Universities have excellent International Offices.
2. Research Institute housing
Explore whether the institute has a guesthouse. Contact your host to see if there are sublets available within the research group.
3. Shared apartments
Check out local university board postings, Craigslist and copartodepa.com (links below).
Some students prefer to book a hostel and meet potential roommates upon arrival