Shanghai, China Project Center

Worcester, England
Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
B-Term during late fall
Project Opportunities: 
Project preparation: 
Welcome, travel, and pre-departure orientations; project proposal and research plan coursework; cultural experience preparations

Location and Culture

With 18.7 million inhabitants, Shanghai is the largest city by population in the world, as well as the commercial and financial center of China and the largest base of Chinese industrial technology. In addition to being a mecca of fashion, art, cinema, museums, and sports, the city is home to several historical landmarks and attractions, many centered around the People’s Square or Huangpu River. Average temperatures in November range from 51°F to 63°F.

Housing and Meals

WPI students will live at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where they’ll collaborate with local students on projects and research. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

Chinese cuisine varies greatly by region, and staple foods include rice, noodles, vegetables, sauces, and seasonings; dairy is rarely, if ever, used. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns, dietary restrictions, or allergies in advance of participation in this program.

Past Projects

Past students at the Shanghai, China Project Center have:

  • Removed natural organic matter and heavy metal using charged ultrafiltration membranes
  • Optimized membrane ultrafiltration for removal of natural organic matter
  • Determined factors affecting ethanol fermentation using brewer’s yeast (saccharomyces cerevisiae)