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

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

These courses are not required, but encouraged!
Course No. Course Name
Urbanization and Development
Effective Business Models in Frontier Markets
Engineering Democratic Development in Africa
The Stakes of International Development
21H.358 / 21H.958
Colonialism in South Asia and Africa
Global Africa: Creative Cultures
Music of Africa
Africa for Engineers
EC.701 / 11.025
D-Lab: Development
D-Lab: Field Research
MITx / edX
Democracy and Development: Perspectives from 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

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. If you are travelling before your placement you will need to cover the costs to return to Boston. 

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 Managing Director to identify accomodation during your placement.