WPI Plans for Fall Opening Latest Information

What You Need to Know Now

  • WPI has made the decision to suspend all travel to its Global Projects Centers for A- and B- Terms.
  • The risks associated with the global COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts to support the health and safety of our students prompted this unfortunate decision. 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 will be working to create meaningful projects and global experiences for teams on campus, working remotely with our global partners when possible. Center directors and faculty advisors will be communicating with students as plans for fall projects become definite.
  • No decisions have been made yet regarding C- and D-Term travel. At present, we continue to monitor the evolving situation across the globe to determine when we can safely and responsibly resume our programs.

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 have made the unfortunate decision to suspend all project center travel for the fall of 2020.

Over the next few weeks, the project center directors and faculty advisors will be working to reimagine these project experiences so teams can complete their project requirements. We are planning for 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, WPI will thoughtfully design and work with global sponsors to execute a campus-based global experience for students in each project center. The same will hold true for the Major Qualifying Project (MQP) and Graduate Qualifying Project (GQP).

Spring 2021 Semester

The health and safety of our students and faculty is of our utmost concern. Our decisions on travel are based on guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of StateU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and International SOS. There has been no cancelation of off-campus travel for C and D Term at this time. This includes Humanities and Arts Requirements (HUA), Interactive Qualifying Projects (IQP), and Major Qualifying Projects (MQP). Due to these unpredictable times, this could change at a future date pending the university-wide travel policy.

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 will be held virtually, giving students the chance to interact with project center directors and students who completed their global projects before submitting their application. Applications will be accepted this fall for the AY21-22 Global Projects Program: summer 2021 and beyond (AY21-22).

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