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

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

Offerings for 2021-2022 academic year
Course No. Course Name
Online FutureLearn course (Strongly recommended)
Switzerland in Europe: Money, Migration and Other Difficult Matters
European Politics (Fall)
Race and Migration in Europe (Spring)
Communicating Across Cultures (spring)

Language Courses

Offerings for 2021-2022 academic year
Course No. Course Name
French I - French IV
German I - German IV

Additional Resources

Online and local resources to learn and improve language skills in French and German Arts, culture and events in French
Deutsche Welle Robust online interactive tool to learn German
BBC – Learn French Reference for free online resources
BBC – Learn German Reference for free online resources


Recommended Reading

Switzerland's Facts and Figures A light-hearted and informative intro to Switzerland
National Languages Learn about the national languages and linguistic regions of Switzerland
The Local Switzerland's news in English
"How Do the Swiss Talk to Each Other?" More easily than you'd think, but there are still challenges!
swissinfo Read Swiss news online Switzerland's official information portal
Your Science Bucket List A science-based tour of Switzerland, including hiking, chocolate, and much more.


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 Switzerland

Program managers can advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required. See if your country requires an entry visa in Switzerland.

Official information and tips from the federation, cantons and communes for living and working in Switzerland.


Students often need to tailor their search for housing by region.

Housing Resources

ETH Zürich Housing Office Resource for private and public accommodation in Zürich
WOKO Student housing in Zürich
Gerpar Apartments in Geneva
Student Home Rooms available in the French-speaking region of Switzerland (French only)
Comparis Accommodation search engine for Switzerland
Homegate Accommodation by canton
WG-ZIMMER Fun online platform to search housing
Hello Switzerland Guide to relocating and living in Switzerland. Searchable by region.

Getting Around

Like many other European countries, Switzerland has a wide-ranging and efficient public transportation system. You can find a beginner's guide to getting around at Hello Switzerland magainze.