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A successful off-campus experience does not just occur. It requires careful consideration of all that needs to be done before a student leaves the WPI campus—and while living and working at the off-campus site. The Global Experience Office (GEO) has put together resources and documents that outline these considerations.

Parent-to-Parent Letter

Many WPI employees have children who participated in the Global Projects Program. Their collective wisdom is available in the Parent-to-Parent letter (PDF).

Costs

Students completing MQPs, IQPs, or Humanities & Arts (HUA) credits off-campus will incur costs above tuition.  More details about each project center and the associated costs are available on the program specific pages.  You can read more in our Finance section of this website.

Communication

Parents looking for tips on some of the most efficient and cost effective ways to keep in touch with their student while they are abroad can download the following document: Communicating With Your Student Abroad (PDF)

Global Projects Program Application Process

The GPP application process is competitive. Meeting deadlines, completing all components of the application, and attending meeting and/or interviews on time all contribute to a successful application. Every application is carefully reviewed and considered. However, no student is guaranteed placement at any project center. 

Site Specific Student Handbooks

Students will receive a digital copy of the Going Global Handbook prior to the Pre-Departure Orientation, usually scheduled for week 4-5 of the prep term (the term prior to departure).  This handbook has details about housing, safety, packing, etc.  As we resume travel, details normally included in the handbook may not be finalized until the week of departure.  Please speak to your student if you wish to review this document with them.

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