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

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

Course No. Course Name
Political Economy of Technology and Development in Latin America
Latin America and the Global Sixties: Counterculture and Revolution
Introduction to Latin American Studies
Spanish through Film: Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Spain
Topics in Medicine and Public Health in the Hispanic World

Language Courses

Course No. Course Name
Spanish Communication Intensive I
Spanish Communication Intensive II
Advanced Communication in Spanish: Topics in Language and Culture
Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition: Perspectives on Technology and Culture
Spanish Conversation and Composition
Spanish for Heritage Learners
Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film

Additional Resources

In addition to academic work, there is an excellent variety of resources to improve and practice your Spanish language skills.


Recommended Reading

The People's Guide to Mexico by Carl Franz, Lorena Haven and, Steve Rogers
The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz


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 Mexico

In most cases, students won't need a special visa to enter Mexico. if students are not US citizens and their US visa is valid no special visa is needed, however if US visa is expiring some countries do requires a visa to enter Mexico


Work permit

In Mexico, most students won't need a special work permit for an internship.

Occasionally students at companies are required to have a work permit in addition to a letter of invitation. See your program manager to confirm.


Each students flights are covered either by MISTI or the host. If paid by MISTI, students are reimbursed for their tickets or they might purchase them through an MIT approved agency, check with your program manager.

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


MISTI provides resources and advice for housing throughout Mexico. Some hosts offer housing. In case you do need to look for 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 or have dorms available. Universities have excellent International Offices.

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
Check out local university board postings, Craigslist and (links below).

4. Hostels
Some students prefer to book a hostel and meet potential roommates upon arrival


Getting Around

Travel by bus such as ADO, Estrella Blanca, ETN or budget airlines such as Volaris.