What You Need to Know Now

  • WPI has suspended all travel to its Global Projects Centers for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • The risks associated with the global COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts to support the health and safety of our students made this unfortunate decision necessary. It also reflects current global travel restrictions issued by the federal and state authorities, which are advising against non-essential travel.
  • Project center directors and faculty advisors have created meaningful projects and global experiences for teams on campus, working remotely with our global partners when possible.

WPI has long prided itself on its distinctive Global Projects Program. At the same time, our utmost priority is, and always has been, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Guided by that principle, we made the unfortunate decision to suspend all project center travel for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Project center directors and faculty advisors are reimagining these project experiences so teams can complete their project requirements. We have on campus and remote offerings to create a meaningful experience in these unprecedented times.

Fall 2020 Semester

Solving global problems is the cornerstone of WPI’s Global Projects Program and its Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP). As we did in the spring of 2020, WPI has thoughtfully designed and is working with global sponsors to execute a campus-based global experience for students in each project center. The same holds true for the Major Qualifying Project (MQP) and Graduate Qualifying Project (GQP).

Spring 2021 Semester

In consultation with senior leadership and the university's Coronavirus Emergency Response Team (CERT), we have developed a plan for reopening our programs for our students and faculty when it is safe to do so. Unfortunately, many of our criteria for reopening have not yet been met, and following the guidance of local, regional and national authorities, including the U.S. Department of StateU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)International SOS and the Massachusetts Governor's Office, WPI has decided to continue to suspend off-campus project travel for C and D terms. 

Global Projects Program Application Process

As the leader in project-based learning, WPI is always looking ahead to new opportunities for students to solve global challenges.  This fall, our Global Fair event was held virtually, giving students the chance to interact with project center directors and students who completed their global projects before submitting their application. Applications are being accepted this fall for the AY21-22 Global Projects Program: summer 2021 and beyond (AY21-22).

Additional adjustments to our operations may be needed based on updated guidance and public health trends. We recommend you check back regularly for the latest updates.