Mazal tov! You have been accepted to MISTI MIT-Israel - now what's next? This part of the website aims to take you step by step from now until you return and beyond. MIT-Israel's cultural course, training sessions and resources are designed to familiarize you with Israel culture, society and workplace norms. Get ready for your Israel experience!

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Culture Courses

Undergraduates must take one course on Israeli history and culture. The class "Israel: History, Politics, Culture, and Identity" is the MIT-Israel preferred course.

For graduate students, there will be an online Coursera course you will take.

Courses being offered in AY 2020-21:

Course No. Course Name
Israel: History, Politics, Culture, and Identity
Archeology of the Middle East
Israel Lab: Startup Nation's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem
Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Lab (REAL)
Islam, the Middle East, and the West
The Modern Middle East
Cities in the Middle East: History, Politics and Society
Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa
HDS 3334
Religion, Conflict, and Peace in the Contemporary Middle East
The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: Contemporary Socio-Legal Aspects
Arabs, Jews, and “Arab Jews” in the Modern Middle East

Language Courses

Course No. Course Name
MISTI Hebrew training will take place in the spring semester.

Additional Resources

In addition to academic work, there are a variety of resources to improve and practice your Hebrew language skills.
The Foundation Stone Full tutorial, including grammar and vocabulary
Hebrew Podcasts Full tutorial, including grammar and vocabulary
The Hebrew Corner Full tutorial, including grammar and vocabulary
BBC - Learn Hebrew Full tutorial, including grammar and vocabulary
Akhlah Hebrew Alphabet Vocabulary
Omniglot Phrases and vocabulary


Recommended Reading

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle START-UP NATION addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel – a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources—produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK? How is it that Israel has, per person, attracted over twice as much venture capital investment as the US and thirty times more than Europe?


Every student needs a valid passport. The passport must be valid for six months after your departure date from Israel. If you are a US citizen and need to apply for or to renew your passport, please contact the passport division of the State Department. Routine service requires 4-6 weeks.

Visa for Israel

  • Unless you are an Israeli citizen, you will need to get an A2 student visa.
  • You must book a flight BEFORE you apply for your visa
  • Processing time in most cases is same day, but can take up to 2 weeks


Consulate Location:

20 Park Plaza, Suite 1020

Boston, MA 02116

Tel: (617) 535-0200

Fax: (617) 535-0255

The consulate is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 AM - 1 PM, but will be closed for all national and Jewish holidays.



Bring the Following Documents with you to the Consulate:

  • Passport (valid at least 6 months from the date of departure from Israel)
  • Copy of your flight ticket
  • Two passport pictures (2” x 2”)
  • Valid re-entry visa to the United States  (if you are an international student), or a copy of permanent residency (Green card)
  • Visa application form (Can be found on Consulate website)
  • MISTI MIT-Israel letter (will arrive via email)
  • The original and photocopy of the above are needed
  • Processing fee in cash: $52 in cash or money order only (MIT-Israel will refund)
  • NOTE: Since you are going with an MIT program, you do not need a bank statement
  • NOTE: If you plan on traveling to neighboring countries during your time in Israel, please be sure to request a multiple-entry visa.  



Students will be given up to $1100 (2016-2017) to cover the cost of their tickets to Israel. It's best to arrive in the morning (not on a Friday or Saturday unless prior arrangements have been arranged), so that students can arrive and sort out their accommodations by 3pm. 

For summer internships, most students book flights in April after they have confirmed their summer internships dates.

How do I let MIT-Israel know that I have booked my flight?

We send out a google doc flight form for you to fill in your travel dates, your internship dates, and how much your flight costs. Also, you need to upload your flight itinerary to the student portal.


MIT-Israel provides resources and advice for housing throughout Israel, but it is ultimately up to the student to secure housing. Housing options vary by location, so start looking early, particularly in Tel Aviv. Once you have found lodging, you can take a look at it with Zoomap.

MISTI will cover the cost of lodging in Israel. Budget depends on internship location. Students are required to secure housing within 2 weeks of finalizing their internship dates. MIT-Israel will not cover costs above and beyond the budget after the 2-week deadline.

Tel Aviv Aviv University, Bar Ilan University, and Tel Aviv area housing
Please use the following guidelines.

All other MISTI students

Please contact the relevant person as detailed here and check out the university's website to get acquainted with campus (find links to universities in Housing Resources below)



How do I find housing if I am working in or around the Tel Aviv area?

There is a housing resource for the Tel Aviv area students on the website.

What if I am a non Tel-Aviv area student?

We will help arrange housing for you at the university or another location by the university

Other logistics

To find out more about living in your city in Israel  and othe logistics, check out the Student Information Page where previous interns have provided information on local logistics and resources.

Stipends that cover all costs: flight, lodging and all in-country expenses will be direct deposted to students several weeks before internships.

Learning Hebrew in Israel

Haifa, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion University, Bar Ilan University, Rehovot, Ulpan Centers in Israel

Housing Resources

Tel Aviv University See University Housing above
Ben Gurion University See University Housing above
The Weizmann Institute of Science Students will need to complete online application once matched with an internship host and will receive more specfic information on housing later: See University Housing above
Hebrew University See University Housing above
Karin at Ramot Azarim Contact for sublets

Getting Around

Travel by shared vans (sheruts), taxis and trains. Traveling with busses and hitchhiking is strictly prohibited. Please see the  Student Information Page for local information.