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 2016-2017 academic year
Course No. Course Name
Online FutureLearn course (Strongly recommended)
Switzerland in Europe: Money, Migration and Other Difficult Matters
European Politics (spring)
History of International Politics in the Modern World (spring)
Communicating Across Cultures (spring)

Language Courses

Offerings for 2016-2017 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

Neutrality remains a core principle The history and modern impact of Swiss neutrality.
The Local Switzerland's news in English
National languages Learn about the national languages and linguistic regions of Switzerland
History of Switzerland historic evolution
swissinfo Swiss news online Switzerland's official information portal


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.