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Students from Around the World

WPI is proud of the strong presence of international students on our campus. Each brings unique perspectives and cultural diversity that strengthen our community. The graduate research they do here is a vital part of our campus work.

Our international graduate students come from more than 50 countries and comprise more than one-third of our full-time graduate student population. The graduate studies they embark upon here helps solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Various funding opportunities exist to help pay for international students’ education, including scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, and financial aid.

International House

From immigration information, including getting a Visa, to programs in English as a second language and cultural immersion, the professionals at WPI’s International House are dedicated to supporting global international applicants.

Diversity and Inclusion

WPI faculty, staff, and students are an eclectic group of people with diverse backgrounds and interests, yet each shares WPI’s spirit of collaboration and inclusivity. Students from around the world are what makes a WPI education a global one. 

Admissions Required Test Information

Any international applicant seeking to attend WPI on an F-1 student Visa must submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores. However, if applicants have two years of continuous full-time college study completed within the last five years, in a country whose official language is English, he or she can apply for an English proficiency waiver.

  • The English proficiency test score requirement is waived for individuals who have been in the US for three or more years working. WPI requires a minimum TOEFL score of 84, IELTS of 7, or Duolingo score of 115.


Students spin a wheel of different cultures
Flags of different countries
Students play instruments from their cultures
Students perform at the international dinner
Students eating foods from different cultures

STEM Optional Practical Training

The U.S. government has recognized the importance of STEM education by offering certain privileges to STEM degree recipients who are foreign nationals, including a 24-month extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT). Nearly all of WPI’s graduate programs are eligible for this extension, including data science, information technology, and operations analytics and management. Learn more about this opportunity at the STEM OPT Hub.