Cultural Resources

MIT is inherently international both in terms of the work faculty, students, and staff carry on around the world as well as our diverse community. These resources will help you navigate a range of cultural environments.

Discover cultures

  • GlobeSmart is an MIT-licensed online resource providing instant access to detailed information on working effectively across cultures - including guidance on conducting business in over 95 countries and tools to help enhance your cultural awareness and improve communication. To learn more about the features of GlobeSmart, sign up for a live virtual demonstration.
  • MISTI (MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives): With expertise in 19 countries, MISTI program staff provides students, faculty, and staff with cultural knowledge and training to help them make the most of their experience abroad. Contact misti@mit.edu to learn about resources available through MISTI.

Get training

Take a class

  • OCW: a web-based compendium of virtually all MIT course content, open and available to all, where you can find content for courses such as Cross-Cultural Leadership, and Teaching and Learning: Cross Cultural Perspectives.
  • edX: an online learning platform and MOOC provider founded by Harvard University and MIT that offers courses from universities and institutions around the world. Examples of previous offerings include: Communicating in a Global Context, and Managing People from a Global Perspective.
  • Coursera: provides universal access to online educational content, partnering with universities and organizations to offer courses, including Intercultural Management, and Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History.
  • MIT: explore the MIT course catalog and/or browse the MISTI Program Prep and Training page to see courses relating to the 19 countries where MISTI operates.

Hit the books

  • Are You Clueless: 7 Clues to Profit, Productivity, & Partnership for Leaders in a Multicultural World by Tom Finn
  • Communication Between Cultures by Larry A. Samovar, Richard E. Porter, Edwin R. Mc Daniel, Carolyn Sexton
  • Cultural Diversity in the Workplace: Issues and Strategies by George Henderson
  • Cultural Intelligence: A Guide to Working with People from Other Cultures by Brooks Peterson
  • HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Managing Across Cultures by Harvard Business Review
  • Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace by Iris Varner, Linda Beamer

Explore diversity and culture

  • Diversity Abroad: coming soon!
  • MIT Institute Community & Equity Office (ICEO): find events, reports, and other resources focusing on community, equity, inclusion, and diversity.
  • MIT Human Resources: find tools, tips, and additional resources for advancing diversity and inclusion.
  • DiversityInc: focuses on the business benefits of diversity. They list the top 50 companies for diversity, produce diversity events with guests from over 300 companies, and provide a roadmap to build diversity and inclusion strategies.
  • Corporate Education Board (CEB) CEB best practices and technology solutions equip customers with the intelligence to effectively manage talent, customers, and operations. Resources are available to organizations focused on improving the effectiveness of their diversity and inclusion initiatives.