Get ready for your MISTI experience! MISTI training sessions and resources are designed to familiarize you with Russian culture, society and workplace.

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

Course No. Course Name
21H.244
Imperial and Revolutionary Russia: Culture and Politics
17S.919
The International Relations of the Post-Soviet States
21H.245J/17.571J
Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, 1917-Present

Language Courses

Course No. Course Name
21F.611
Russian I (Regular)
21F.612
Russian II (Regular)
21F.613
Russian III (Regular)
21F.614
Russian IV (Regular)
21F.615
Russian I (Streamlined)
21F.616
Russian II (Streamlined) (New)
21F.617
Streamlined Russian for Scientists and Engineers
21F.618
Streamlined Russian Through Culture II

Additional Resources

 

Recommended Reading

The Russians by Hedrick Smith
Russia and the Russians by Kevin Klose
Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language by Eva Hoffman particularly recommended for insight into the way in which perspectives are shaped by native language and culture. A fascinating book that eloquently conveys cross-cultural perspectives and what it means to “stand on the hyphen” between cultures.

Passport

Every student needs a valid passport. If you are a US citizen and need to apply or renew your passport, please contact the passport division of the Department of State. Routine service requires 4-6 weeks.

Visa for Russia

The Program Manager can advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required. All travellers to Russia require a visa with the exception of some former Soviet Union countries.

Students who require an entry visa to Russia, usually travel on student, business or tourist visas. The application process for each type of visa varies and might include the following list of documents:

-          Completed visa application form

-          Original passport

-          1 photograph

-          Original invitation

-          HIV test certificate

-          Copy of permanent resident card/US visa status (for Non US passport holders)

-          Copy of health insurance card with information coverage in Russia (for Non US Passport holders)

Processing time usually takes at least 12 business days. 

Flight

Each student flight is booked by the student.

For summer internships, most students book flights immediately after confirming the dates of their internship with their host.

If you need to change the dates on your ticket, there will be a change fee associated with the date change. It is best to purchase your flight after confirming your dates with your internship host. 

Accommodation

MISTI provides resources and advice for housing in Russia. Housing options vary, so start looking early.

1. Host family

Staying with a host family is a great way to immerse yourself into the Russian culture. If you are interested in staying with a host family while you are in Russia, please contact the Program Manager as soon as possible, as matching you with a family takes time.

2. Apartment

​It is recommended to look for an apartment through AirBnB or the suggested real estate agency in Russia. 

3. University dorm

If you are hosted by a university in Russia, it will be possible to secure a dorm room.