Start Here: Discover Cultures

Getting ready to travel abroad? Starting an international research project? Hosting a foreign collaborator? Learn about the norms and customs of other countries – and how they compare to your own – and enhance your cultural intelligence.


To get instant access to detailed information on working effectively across cultures, check out GlobeSmart, an MIT-licensed online resource that contains Culture Guides for over 95 countries and tools to help enhance your cultural awareness and improve communication (MIT credentials required).

Sign up for a live virtual demonstration on the GlobeSmart portal.


For live expertise and advice on specific countries, contact a member of MISTI’s (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives) program staff. With expertise in over 20 countries, they provide students, faculty, and staff with cultural knowledge, training, and advice to help them make the most of their experience abroad. Contact to learn about other resources available through MISTI.