Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Bangkok C2013

Term C 2013

Project Opportunities IQP

Housing Student residence at Chulalongkorn University

Director Professors Seth Tuler and Rick Vaz

Preparation 1/2 unit preparation activity in A and B 2012

Application Deadline – September 29, 2011 (before 1:00 pm)



Situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand has many of the opportunities and challenges common to developing nations.  Students at the Bangkok Project Center have a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the people of Thailand and to help address local problems by working on a variety of social and environmental projects.  Despite its challenges, Thailand is intensely beautiful: a land of gilded temples and golden beaches.  The Thai people are among the friendliest and most hospitable in the world and have a great talent for enjoying life.  Accommodations near the prestigious Chulalongkorn University campus in the heart of Bangkok position WPI students to meet and work with Thai students and to explore the city's many attractions.



WPI students work in multicultural project teams along with students from Chulalongkorn University on projects proposed by local nonprofit organizations, universities, governmental and non-governmental organizations.  Most projects provide the opportunity to work with underserved communities.  While most projects take place in the city of Bangkok, some offer the opportunity to experience life in rural areas.  Project themes and recent examples in each area are as follows:

Health and human services

Breast cancer in Thailand -- developing effective and accessible media on integrative therapies for breast cancer patients

Community development

Designing safe playgrounds for the Klong Toey community

Sustainable development and appropriate technology

Developing a strategy to improve solar home system sustainability in rural Thailand

Environmental issues

      Environmental management information system for Thailand's industrial estates


Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses*


NOTE:  In calculating the extra expense to participate in an off-campus project experience compare this figure to expenses incurred while living on campus (groceries or meal plan, entertainment expenses, transportation, etc.)

Travel to site (RT airfare)


Local transportation (airport and daily)

 $    70


 $   750

Weekend tourist activities

 $   500

Gifts and souvenirs

 $   200

Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses


Expenses included on your WPI bill*



Housing, local arrangements and program expenses

note:  includes housing, project related travel and cultural enrichment plus visa fee (single entry)





Estimated Total expenses


Tuition and on-campus housing not included

* Subject to change due to fluctuations in exchange rate



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