WPI’s Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD) is a unique academic unit that serves as a gateway for students and faculty to connect with and make a difference in communities around the world.

The division administers two vital components of WPI’s project-based learning model: the Global Projects Program, WPI’s signature study and work away program; and the Interactive Qualifying Project, a distinctive interdisciplinary project experience that challenges students to examine the impact of science and technology on society to address social issues and human needs.

IGSD faculty members and staff advise and support students as they complete their projects on or off campus at one of our 45+ global project centers. The faculty also leverages project center environments to conduct their own research on local and regional sustainable development and interdisciplinary, project-based education.

Project Immersion

For most students, the IQP is more than a year in the making. Starting at the fall Global Fair and continuing through sophomore year with project center-specific orientations and required courses, it's all part of WPI's commitment to preparing our students for the adventure ahead. See how 24 students recently prepared for their IQP journey in Tirana, Albania.

Global Portal

The Global Portal provides all the necessary information, forms, and resources to plan and prepare for a student’s off-campus experience. Through the portal, students can access off-campus project opportunities, review program costs, start an application for a project, and more.

Life of a Scientist

IGSD professor Ingrid Shockey is among more than a dozen members of the WPI scientific community who shared what it means to be a scientist. 

CASE Professor of the Year

Associate professor Scott Jiusto was named the CASE Professor of the Year for Massachusetts for 2015 in recognition of his work with WPI's award-winning Cape Town Project Center. The CASE award is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

WPI Takes Generation Study Abroad Pledge to Expand Global Projects Program

WPI pledges to have 50 global project centers by 2018 as part of the IIE Generation Study Abroad Initiative, a nationwide push to increase the number of American students who spend a semester or more studying in foreign countries.