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

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

These courses are not required, but encouraged!
Course No. Course Name
Technology and Innovation in Africa

Additional Resources



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 South Africa

Program managers can advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required.

See if your country requires an entry visa


Each student flight is booked either by the student, MISTI South Africa or the host. For summer internships, most students book flights in April after they have confirmed their summer internships dates.

If your stay is fewer than 90 days and you do not require an entry visa, it should be possible for you stay in South Africa to travel after your internship ends (at your own expense).