WPI's Global Exchange Programs
As technology and commerce become increasingly international in outlook, students in engineering, science, and management must learn about countries and cultures other than their own. WPI offers its students an extensive range of opportunities to broaden their academic and cultural perspectives through study in a foreign country. Exciting opportunities are available to study abroad and complete course work, the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), and the Major Qualifying Project (MQP).
Because the principal academic emphasis in all exchanges is upon course work, each exchange program is overseen by WPI faculty. The exchanges offer exceptional possibilities for projects comparing American and overseas applications of technology and the impact of technology on society. Taking advantage of WPI’s Exchange Program allows students to truly live an intensive international experience. Immersion in the culture, language, and social practices is a huge benefit of the extended stay that the Exchange Program offers.
These exchange programs offer courses and projects. Listed are the duration of stay, the language requirement and the program advisor.
WPI students report that their international experience
- makes them appreciate how an understanding of other cultures will contribute to their success as working professionals.
- gives them confidence that they can successfully live and work anywhere in the world that their jobs may take them.
- profoundly changes and enriches their perspective on the world and its people.
Cost Information for Exchange Programs
The cost of attending a WPI exchange program varies with the site, the length of stay, and the type of housing. The Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division will assist each applicant in preparing an individual budget. For planning purposes the following general information will be useful.
Student airfares to exchange program sites typically vary from $500 to $700. There may be an additional expense for land travel from the airport of arrival to the exchange site.
Housing and Meal Costs
In most cases an attempt is made to locate exchange program housing that is within the typical price range of on-campus housing at WPI. An attempt is also made to house students with access to kitchen facilities to help keep food costs down. Meal costs can vary greatly depending on personal habits, and will be influenced by the willingness to prepare meals at home and adapt to local cuisine. Most students are able to adjust their habits to maintain food costs equivalent to their usual expenses at WPI.
Please rememebr that if you have contracted for WPI on-campus housing for when you are away, you are still financially responsible for fulfilling that contract. In other words, you may have to pay for housing in both places if you have already signed a contract.
It is prudent to assume that incidental expenses will be higher than at WPI. A figure of $300 to $400 a month is usually required to cover higher expenses for local transportation and telephone and to help offset higher costs for personal expenses and entertainment.
Students planning to engage in additional travel on site or planning an additional trip home need to budget accordingly.
Students receiving financial aid are usually able to apply their financial aid package to study in an exchange program approved by WPI. An appointment must be made before the deadline determined by the Office of Financial Aid to discuss the student’s financial aid in relation to the exchange. An adjustment to the aid package may also be requested to help with additional costs. The amount of any adjustment would be determined by the Office of Financial Aid based on cost of attendance at the exchange site and generally covers only a portion of the additional expense. Financial aid for summer term is limited to loans. Please refer to the financial aid office publication on financial aid for study abroad for more information.Maintained by email@example.com
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