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

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

Please note: course offerings vary each semester. If you find other courses which may meet the program requirement, please email the syllabus and course link to the program staff for verification.
Course No. Course Name
Welfare and Capitalism in Western Europe
European Politics
How to Stage a Revolution

Language Courses

Course No. Course Name
21F.068J - 21F.374
A list of current language offerings can be found on the MIT French Department’s website

Additional Resources

Visit Belgium A guide to Belgium and all its treasures
Are the Smurfs a good model for Society? One of Belgium’s most famous cartoons could explain Society as a whole


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 Belgium

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

See if your country requires an entry visa for Belgium.

Learn more about the process for students here.


Each student flight is paid for either by MIT-Belgium or the host. If paid for by MIT-Belgium the student purchases their flight and is reimbursed thereafter.

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


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

  1. University housing Contact your host to see if there are sublets available within the research group Universities have excellent International Offices (often called Welcome Centers)
  2. Research Institute housing Explore whether the institute has a guesthouse Contact your host to see if there are sublets available within the research group.
  3. Shared apartments Many students in Belgium live in shared apartments, check out a list of offerings.
  4. Hostels Some students prefer to book a hostel and meet potential roommates upon arrival