Global Perspective Program
Instilling the Power and Responsibility to Change the World
From renewable energy to clean water to economic development, WPI’s Global Perspective Program (GPP), our signature study away program for undergraduates, has provided 10,000+ students with global opportunities for project-based learning over the past 40 years.
At sites as close as our home city of Worcester and at 38 other locations in 25 countries, WPI students collaborate with faculty advisors and sponsor organizations to identify and solve pressing problems impacting communities around the world. Opportunities are available to complete any of the projects required for graduation: IQP, MQP, or HUA at one our off-campus Project Centers. The selection process is competitive and takes place in the fall of each academic year.
WPI Global Perspective Program participants report that completing a project off campus helped them to view issues from different perspectives and expanded their understanding of global issues, people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds and increased their respect and understanding for cultures outside their own. Our alumni also report that participation in WPI’s GPP improved their presentation and writing skills, enhanced their ability to achieve work/life balance, helped them to develop a stronger personal character, and improved their lives in ways that were not necessarily academic or work-related.
Please visit the WPI Global Portal to learn more about the opportunities available, to apply to the Global Perspective Program and to find more information on:
- WPI’s commitment to health, safety, and security
- Global Perspective Program Policies
- Scholarship opportunities
- How parents can support their GPP students
- Exchange Opportunities
- Individually-Sponsored Residential Projects (ISRP) instructions for faculty
WPI Students in the World
2011 Santa Fe, New Mexico IQP
2010 Nancy, France MQP
2007 Capetown, South Africa IQP
2007 Ifrane, Morocco IQP