Violations of any of these policies can result in disciplinary action up to and including immediate dismissal from the program.
Participation in the program will require enrollment in, and successful completion of the preparation course (1/3 unit, ID2050) and pre-qualifying project (1/6 unit, PQP) conducted in the term before departure, for applicable programs. For IQP students, the IGSD will administratively register students for this preparation course (ID2050). During the second week of the term, a group registration for the PQP will be done during class.
Students are required to reduce their course load, if necessary, to allow for the addition of the preparatory courses. Students are strongly discouraged from overloading in the preparation term.
The preparation courses (ID2050 and PQP) for an off-campus project are time-consuming and rigorous. We recommend against taking these courses in addition to three other 1/3 unit courses. If students choose to overload, we advise you to notify your ID2050 instructor and your Project Center Advisors. If a student’s heavy academic load affects their academic performance in ID2050 and/or PQP this could be grounds for dismissal from the program.
If you choose to overload, you may be subject to overload fees. Overload fees are assessed by semester, with one free overload (1/3 unit) per semester. The PQP (1/6 unit) counts towards this overload credit. Therefore, if you already overloaded in a semester, additional fees may apply. (For example if you overloaded in C Term, and then take PQP in D Term, fees will apply. Please contact the Registrar’s office to confirm overload charges).
Preparations for off-campus projects start as early as two terms prior to the term away. In order to remain eligible for the program, students must attend all pre-departure orientations, complete online learning modules, submit all paperwork by the deadlines indicated, and successfully complete all preparation courses including ID2050, PQP, and supplemental courses.
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus travel can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to evaluate the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you consider your placement. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It is very important that you consider your own health requirements, and that you carefully review the published information concerning housing, transportation, health, safety, and security reviewed on the program page for your program prior to committing to your placement. Before confirming placement, students are required to review the country specific information posted on the US Department of State website for the most up to date notices for travelers. You should review the information in the following sections: Destination Description Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements Safety and Security Local Laws & Special Circumstances Health.
Travel and Transportation
Students traveling internationally should also review the country information provided by International SOS (ISOS), our travel assistance provider. Instructions for accessing this resource are found in eProjects.
Students with disabilities who may need academic accommodations as part of the Global Projects Program (GPP) are strongly encouraged to speak with ID2050 instructors and / or project advisors at the start of the prep term to discuss supports they may need to be successful. Due to the unique nature of project and group-based work, typical academic accommodations as listed on an accommodation letter may not always directly apply to your project experience. However, discussing your learning style, potential accommodation needs, and any questions and/or concerns with your professors and advisors at the start of the program can be an important step to insuring a positive project experience. To begin the disclosure process and facilitate a conversation with your faculty, you can submit your accommodation letters approved through the Office of Disability Services (ODS) student portal. If you need assistance, please contact the ODS. If you have not previously disclosed a disability to the ODS, but think you may need academic accommodations, we encourage you to begin the intake process as detailed on the ODS website. If you need any assistance through the process, the ODS is available to assist via phone (508-831-4908), (firstname.lastname@example.org), or in person at 124 Daniels Hall.
Accommodated Housing and/or Onsite Arrangements:
Students with a documented need who may require onsite arrangements, including, but not limited to housing or transportation accommodations are strongly encouraged to contact IGSD immediately following placement to discuss supports available onsite. If disclosure happens closer to departure, we will make our best effort to accommodate, however, accommodations may not be guaranteed. You can contact IGSD via phone (508-831-4804) or email (email@example.com) to set up an appointment. Please note that there is a difference between documented housing accommodations and housing preferences. If you have not previously disclosed a disability to the ODS, but think you may need accommodations, we encourage you to begin the intake process as detailed on the ODS website. If you need any assistance through the process, the ODS is available to assist via phone (508-831-4908), (firstname.lastname@example.org), or in person at 124 Daniels Hall.
All students going to an international project center must have a valid passport. Your passport must be signed, valid for at least six months post travel, and contain at least six blank pages. If you do not yet have a passport, or your passport doesn't meet these requirements, please begin the process of ordering a passport as soon as possible. A visa is an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country. It is your responsibility to determine whether you will require a visa and to obtain your visa prior to traveling. Students who require a visa to enter a country are encouraged to begin this process prior to the preparatory term; it can take up to 2 months to have a visa processed and a delay will mean a late arrival that can impact the success of your project and overall experience. You may check to see if you need a visa at the website for the nearest Consulate of the country to which you are going or at the following website: http://www.travisa.com/D1H7N0G0A6. The IGSD will support the visa application process for some programs where U.S. citizens are required to have a visa. Students who are non-U.S. citizens participating in a program where U.S. citizens are not required to obtain a visa will want to contact the IGSD for help facilitating the visa process. Please contact Candace Ruta (email@example.com) with any visa questions.
Preparations for some programs may start as early as two terms prior to your off-campus experience. A list of pre-prep requirements can be found below. Please read the details of this requirement carefully and consider the commitment in relation to your other course commitments for your pre-prep term.
2019-2020 Pre-Prep Requirements for Global Projects Programs:
IQP Pre-Prep Term Requirements 19-20
MQP Pre-Prep Term Requirements 19-20
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. No student is allowed to leave a site before the official departure date.
Housing at Residential Project Centers is provided beginning and ending on the dates indicated. Students who plan to arrive earlier or stay later will need to make their own accommodation arrangements outside of those dates.
If you have contracted for WPI on-campus housing for when you are away, and are not in Term Housing (see below), you are still financially responsible for fulfilling that contract. In other words, you may have to pay for housing in both places if you have already signed a contract with WPI Residential Services.
At this time, WPI is piloting a limited number of Term Housing options. Term Housing will be in WPI’s Residential Houses. Students will reside in the house during terms not on project, completely move out of the house during the term away (including all belongings), and not be charged for housing for the term they are not at WPI. Please refer to the Housing Selection Timeline on the Residential Services website for deadlines and contact Residential Services if you are interested in applying for a space in Term Housing.
All of these policies can be found in more detail in the specific Going Global handbook for your site.