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

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

Course No. Course Name
Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition: Perspectives on Technology and Culture
Advanced Communication in Spanish: Film, Visual Arts, and Fiction
Spanish for Bilingual Students
Literature and Social Conflict: Perspectives on Modern Spain
The Short Story in Spain and Hispanic America
The New Spain: 1977-Present

Language Courses

Course No. Course Name
21F. 703
Spanish III
21F. 773
Spanish III – Globalization
Spanish IV
Spanish IV – Globalization
Spanish: Communication Intensive I
Spanish: Communication Intensive II
Spanish Conversation and Composition
Spanish Conversation and Composition - Globalization

Additional Resources

In addition to academic work, there is an excellent variety of resources to improve and practice your Spanish language skills.
BBC-Learn Spanish Reference for free online resources
Instituto Cervantes Boston Spanish language courses, cultural resources and events

Training Sessions

March 3, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm View Event Details
"Creating Economic Growth: Lessons for Europe"
March 13, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm View Event Details
What is culture? It's the water we swim in.
April 9, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm View Event Details
Learn about how to stay healthy and safe during your experience abroad.
April 10, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm View Event Details
Navigating Spain-Logistics and Pre-Departure Information
April 14, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm View Event Details
Catalina Arevalo, Fellow at the MIT Knight Science Journalism Program
April 23, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm View Event Details
Former US Ambassador to Spain Alan D. Solomont discusses US Spain Relations
May 1, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm View Event Details
Spain's Cultural Gems: Beyond Sol, Sangria y Siesta
May 8, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm View Event Details
Final Pre-Departure Session

Recommended Reading

Ghosts of Spain: Travels Through Spain and Its Silent Past Journalist Giles Tremlett explores major events in Spain’s history and how they have affected Spanish society today.


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 Spain

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

US citizens are not required to obtain a visa for stays up to 90 days.  For stays beyond 90 days, a student visa is required.  See if your country requires an entry visa for Spain.

To schedule an appointment with the Spanish Consulate in Boston, visit the online visa system. It is recommended to book an appointment at least one month in advance of your departure date.


Each student flight is booked either by MIT-Spain or the host. If the flight is booked by the student, MISTI will reimburse the cost of the ticket up a pre-determined cost. 

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

Pleae note that you can be denied entry to Spain if you do not have a return ticket out of the country.  One-way tickets also can end up being much more expensive than round-trip tickets. 

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


MISTI provides resources and advice for housing throughout Spain. Housing options vary by location, so start looking early.

1. Shared apartments
Many Spanish and international students and young adults in Spain live in shared flats.  There are many websites to search for an apartment (see below). 

2. University housing/Residencias
Some universities may have housing available for students. However, keep in mind that Spanish classes usually end in late June so availability may be limited. Residencias often include meals and cleaning, and therefore can be more costly than a shared apartment. 

3. Hostels
Some students prefer to book a hostel and meet potential roommates upon arrival

Students usually budget between €250-€500 euros/month for a shared apartment.  Rents may vary depending on the city, location within the city and amenities offered.


Housing Resources

Residencias Universitarias University housing
Consejo de Colegios Mayores University housing

Shared Apartments

Getting Around

Travel by train: book tickets and explore timetables through Renfe.

Budget airlines:  Vueling, Ryanair