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

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

An academic course is required for applicants to MISTI Switzerland. Students interested in another option that covers politics, culture or society in Switzerland or Europe should contact a program manager.
Course No. Course Name
21H.141
Renaissance to Revolution: Europe, 1300-1800 (spring)
21H.334
The World of Charlemagne (fall)

Language Courses

For all students: proficiency in French and/or German is strongly recommended
Course No. Course Name
21F.301/2/3/4
French I - French IV
21F.401/2/3/4
German I - German IV

Additional Resources

Online and local resources to learn and improve language skills in French and German
FrenchCulture.org Arts, culture and events in French
Deutsche Welle Robust online interactive tool to learn German
BBC – Learn French Reference for free online resources
BBC – Learn German Reference for free online resources

 

Recommended Reading

Neutrality remains a core principle The history and modern impact of Swiss neutrality.
The Local Switzerland's news in English
National languages Learn about the national languages and linguistic regions of Switzerland
History of Switzerland historic evolution
swissinfo Swiss news online
swissworld.org Switzerland's official information portal

Passport

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 Switzerland

Program managers can advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required. See if your country requires an entry visa in Switzerland.

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Official information and tips from the federation, cantons and communes for living and working in Switzerland.

Accommodation

Students often need to tailor their search for housing by region.

Housing Resources

ETH Zürich Housing Office Resource for private and public accommodation in Zürich
WOKO Student housing in Zürich
Gerpar Apartments in Geneva
Student Home Rooms available in the French-speaking region of Switzerland (French only)
Comparis Accommodation search engine for Switzerland
Homegate Accommodation by canton
WG-ZIMMER Fun online platform to search housing
Hello Switzerland Guide to relocating and living in Switzerland. Searchable by region.