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

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Culture Courses

Beginning in academic year 2018-19, all students will be required to take one of the follow courses prior to participating. Students, particularly freshman and sophomores, may be permitted to take a required course after their MISTI-Africa internship, but only with permission from the program manager. If a course relevant to students’ particular interest in Africa is not listed, students may petition to the program manager directly to have it considered.
Course No. Course Name
11.140 / 11.480
Urbanization and Development
15.232
Effective Business Models in Frontier Markets
17.571
Engineering Democratic Development in Africa
21H.358 / 21H.958
Colonialism in South Asia and Africa
21G.326
Global Africa: Creative Cultures
21M.293
Music of Africa
STS.088
Africa for Engineers
HST.434
Evolution of an Epidemic
15.233
Global Health Lab
21M.460
Senegalese Drum Ensemble
17.572
African Politics
STS.417
Seminar on the Global South
21H.165
A Survey of Modern Africa History
21H.229
The Black Radical Tradition in America
21H.106[J]
Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies

Additional Resources

Passport

Student are responsible for ensuring their passport is up-to-date. 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.

Visas

Student are responsible for understanding the visa requirements for holders of their particular passport. Students are also responsible for applying for, paying for, and obtaining the visa they require. Information about visas is generally available on embassy or consulate website, or if in doubt, by contacting the relevant consulate office directly. Understand that this process can sometimes take several weeks, so please plan accordingly. The MIT-Africa Program Manager is available to answer any questions students may have about this process.     

Visas for South Africa

Visas are not required for short-term periods (3 months or less) in South Africa for US citizens. If you are not a US-citizen, please check here to see if you will need an entry visa

Flight

MIT-Africa covers travel from Boston to Africa.  

You are welcome to stay in Africa after your internship ends (at your own expense).

Please discuss any additional travel details with the program manager once you have been placed. 

 

Accommodation

You will work with your host and the MIT-Africa Program Manager to identify suitable accomodation during your placement.