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

Training Sessions

April 2, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm View Event Details
April 25, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm View Event Details
Get advice about your summer from MISTI alumni and learn more about cross-cultural communication, the workplace and staying safe abroad


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

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


MIT-South Africa is fortunate to have South African Airways as our official airline partner and very kind support from the MIT Travel Office. Therefore, most tickets will be arranged through these partnerships. 

MIT-South Africa can only cover travel from Boston to South Africa. If you are travelling before your placement you will need to cover the costs to return to Boston. 

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

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



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