Get ready for a life-altering experience in India! MIT-India orientation sessions, educational seminars, and resources are designed to familiarize you with India culture, society and workplace norms. We review and assist with complex travel, visa, health, and housing arrangements.

Country Prep Subpages

Culture Courses

Course No. Course Name
The Rise of Asia
Technology, Globalization and Sustainable Development
Introduction to Energy in Global Development
Medical Device Design
Global Engineering
Humanistic Co-design of Assistive Technology in the Developing World
The Future: Global Challenges and Questions
Structuring Low-Income Housing Projects in Developing Countries
Islamic Gardens and Geographies
Telemedicine and Telehealth for Enhancing Global Health
Introduction to International Development
Urbanization and Development
Global Energy: Politics, Markets, and Policy
D-Lab: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Economic Development and Policy Analysis
Property and Land Use Law for Planners
Development, Planning, and Implementation: The Dialectic of Theory and Practice
Emerging Patterns in Urban India
Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy
The Challenge of World Poverty
Foundations of Development Policy
Engineering, Economics and Regulation for Energy Access in Developing Countries
Global Economic Challenges and Opportunities
Economy and Business in Modern China and India
Seminar in International Management
Global Health Lab
15.375/MAS.665 /EC.731J
Development Ventures
Technology, Design and Entrepreneurship: Operating in Emerging Communities
State, Society, and Political Behavior in Developing Countries
Riots, Rebellions, Revolutions
Global Mental Health
Practicum in Global Health and Development
Environmental Struggles
Cross Cultural Investigations: Technology & Development
Topics in Indian Popular Culture
Communicating Across Cultures
International Women's Voices
A Passage to India: Introduction to Modern Indian Culture and Society
World History and Its Fault Lines Since 1800
Modern South Asia
South Asian Migrations 
Colonialism in South Asia and Africa
Globalization: The Good, the Bad and the In-Between
Music of India
South Asian America: Transnational Media, Culture, and History
D-Lab: Gender and Development
D-Lab: Prosthetics for the Developing World
Engineering Health: Understanding and Designing Affordable Health Diagnostics
Science, Gender and Social Inequality in the Developing World
Making the Modern World: The Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Women and Global Activism in Media and Politics
Women in the Developing World
Science, Caste and Gender in India

Additional Resources

South Asian Courses at Harvard MIT students may cross-register at Harvard to fulfill the course requirement.
Boston Language Center Offers Indian Language courses
BBC The Story of India Michael Wood journeys through the subcontinent, tracing the incredible richness and diversity of its peoples, cultures and landscapes.


Recommended Reading

The Digital South Asia Library DSAL is a project of the Center for Research Libraries that provides digital references for research on South Asia . Find scholarly reference books, indexes, images, bibliographies, maps, and statistics.
The Hindu One of the most reputable newspapers in India, published in Chennai, with notable coverage of current events especially in South India.
The India Express This India-wide newspaper has gained a strong reputation in journalism.
Outlook General India news magazine like Time or Newsweek
India Today General India news magazine like Time or Newsweek
Culture Shock: Traveling to India for the First Time Article about culture shock in India
BBC News BBC is an excellent source of information with good South Asia coverage
The Technological Indian In the late 1800s India seemed to be left behind by the Industrial Revolution. Today there are many technological Indians around the world but relatively few focus on India’s problems. Ross Bassett—drawing on a database of every Indian to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through 2000—explains the role of MIT in this outcome.
Books by M.G. Vassanji M.G. Vassanji is an acclaimed novelist of South Asian heritage who was raised in Tanzania before he came to MIT, where he got a B.S. in Physics in 1974. While at MIT, he helped found the MIT African Students Association.


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 India

Traveling to India requires a visa, unless you have an Indian passport or OCI/ PIO card. If you are not a US Citizen, please check with your consulate and the Indian visa websites listed below for more information. The process can often take more documentation and time.

MIT-India will advise students about the application process, timeline and documents required. Please begin by reviewing what is required to enter India on a student, intern, business, and/or tourist visa. See the Indian Embassy website more information. Several documents are required from the MIT-India program and your host in India. Do not apply for your visa until you have been placed in an internship and have met with MIT-India to discuss.

Indian Embassy



If you are planning to travel to other countries before or after the program, check with the embassies of those countries before you leave the US regarding visas, documents, and/or immunizations required. You should discuss this with MIT-India prior to your departure to India.


Flights are typically booked in April and May, once the program placement has been finalized and the Indian visa has been issued. Flights are never booked until the visa has been received and your passport returned.

Flights are typically booked directly by the student and this will be determined by the host in April. The MIT-India program will provide funding to the student in advance of purchase. A few partners in India purchase flights for interns and you will be notified in advance.  It is each student's responsibility to read and understand the terms and conditions for your airline ticket. 


MISTI provides resources and advice for housing throughout India. Housing options vary by location, so start looking early. MIT India will help you try to narrow down your search and connect you with other interns in the area. MIT India hosts most often include housing at the academic institution, corporate housing, or NGO guesthouse.


  1. University housing 
    Contact your host to see if dorm rooms are offered. These usually consist of shared rooms and shared bathrooms.
  2. Corporate apartments 
    The host will notify you if housing is including on the corporate campus or nearby.
  3. Research Institute housing 
    Explore whether the institute has a guesthouse. Contact your host to see if there are sublets available within the research group or if any faculty are interested in paying guests.
  4. Shared apartments 
    Interns often try to live in shared apartments and find roommates through MIT India or their host organization.
  5. Hostels 
    Some students prefer to book a hostel and meet potential roommates upon arrival. The YWCA/YMCA hostels in Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai are clean, provide security, and many of our interns have enjoyed their accommodations. Many working Indian women living away from family utilize the YWCAs.