WPI Featured in The New York Times for Global Project Experience in Albania

June 07, 2019

WPI is proud to be recognized by The New York Times  in the article titled, “From Albania to Singapore, U.S. Students Look for Tailored Experiences Abroad,” in the June 7, 2019 issue for its signature Global Projects Program. The article featured four students and two faculty advisors who traveled to one of WPI’s more than 50 global project centers. At the Albania Project Center, the students immersed themselves in a new culture and tackled a real-world problem to help a local community. For their distinctive global project experience, they developed flood risk management strategies focused on getting Albanian residents to think more concretely about flood disaster planning as it applies to their community.

With such a complex issue, it was a challenge for students to develop a plan of attack in a short seven-week span. After taking a step back and thinking strategically about how they could impact residents' thinking, they created an impactful card-style game adapted from the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center that helped residents determine emergency moves.


Not Your Typical Study Abroad: WPI in The New York Times

Over 1,000 students participated in WPI’s Global Projects Program in the 2018–19 academic year alone—a program that began 50 years ago in 1974, and The New York Times took notice. In the article, students and faculty from WPI were interviewed on their time abroad, the impact of their work, and the importance of being able to adapt to and overcome different challenges.

Global Study Abroad? Think Again.

This is not your typical international global study abroad. WPI’s Global Projects Program immerses students in a worldly experience in locations throughout the U.S. and abroad where they can have a profound impact on the community. Students can travel to over 30 countries, including Paraguay, Thailand, China, and France. Upon arrival, they are challenged to address a real-world problem that matters to real people.

If you’re ready to make a difference in the world, our distinctive Global Projects Program is just the fit for you. Interested in exploring where our global project program opportunities are around the world? Be sure to check out our Global Projects Center map and experience the difference between our global experience and your average global study abroad.

Change Your World

WPI students with a project experience through our Global Projects Program see firsthand how they can make a real impact in the world in which they live and come back with experiences that change their lives. It's our revolutionary, hands-on, project-based education that prepares our students for whatever the world may throw at them.

Interested in gaining global perspective by taking part in our global project experience? You could have the opportunity to immerse yourself at one of our over 50 project centers on six continents. Learn more about why students often call their Global Projects Program experience life-changing and why WPI is the global leader in project-based learning.