Project Learning and Global Programs

Projects are a signature element of WPI's academic curriculum. Project work prepares students to put knowledge to work by developing solutions to meaningful societal problems. Every student at WPI completes projects in addition to course work. Each project represents an opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in classes and labs to real-world problems – sometimes on campus, sometimes off campus at sites around the world. Most projects are undertaken in teams, an invaluable experience for getting things done in any profession.

Global Projects Program

At WPI, we know that the best way for students to understand and appreciate other cultures is to experience them firsthand. Through our Global Projects Program students work on professional-level projects overseas enabling them to experience the reality of living and working in another country with an intimacy and understanding that no course or textbook could provide.  Currently there are more than 20 WPI project centers throughout North America, Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

WPI students have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world. Our Global Projects Program is not an ordinary study-abroad program, like everything else at WPI, it’s unique and innovative. Learn more…

Great Problems Seminars (GPS)

As part of the First Year Experience, students receive an introduction to university-level research and project work focused on themes of current global importance. Learn more...

Humanities & Arts Requirement

At the heart of WPI's innovative curriculum is a distinctive requirement in the humanities and arts. To provide intellectual breadth and a better understanding of themselves and the diversity and creativity of human experience, every WPI student must complete a Humanities and Arts Requirement. Learn more...

The Two Projects

Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP)

Students work in teams to tackle an issue that relates science, engineering, and technology to society. This is a chance for WPI students to solve problems that matter to people and communities. Learn more…

Major Qualifying Project (MQP)

Students complete a project in their major field of study; working in a team to define a problem, then developing a novel and creative solution. Students are able to solve problems or perform tasks in their major field with confidence, and communicate the results effectively.


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