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

All undergraduate 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.

Students interested in traveling to a French, Portuguese, or Arabic speaking country must demonstrate language proficiency.

Course No. Course Name
11.140 / 11.480
Urbanization and Development
Africa and the Politics of Knowledge
Effective Business Models in Frontier Markets
The Stakes of International Development
Engineering Democratic Development in Africa
21H.358 / 21H.958
Colonialism in South Asia and Africa
Global Africa: Creative Cultures
Music of Africa
Africa for Engineers
Evolution of an Epidemic
Global Health Lab
Senegalese Drum Ensemble
African Politics
Seminar on the Global South
A Survey of Modern Africa History
Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies
21A.300[J] / 11.143
Research Methods in Global Health and Development
Ethics of Intervention
Cross-Cultural Investigations: Technology and Development
South Africa and Apartheid

Additional Resources


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.


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


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. 



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