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Application Preview

The application process for the Global Projects Program (GPP) is competitive.  Meeting deadlines, completing all components of the application, and viewing site sessions 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.
 
Once you have decided on your first choice site, start your application by clicking "Apply Now" on the Program Brochure. Then select "I have a WPI username and password" to prompt the WPI login screen. Login with your WPI credentials and be sure to follow the instructions on the application page. 
 
Here is a preview of the general application components for the GPP.  Please pay careful attention to the application page for your site as application components could vary per program. A full preview of the IQP Application (18-19 Cycle) can be found here: 2018-2019 APPLICATION.pdf

Getting Started Video (IQP Only)

We have created a step-by-step guide to walk you through the application process. IQP applicants are required to watch this video which can be found on your Canvas portal under My Courses. Access the course and follow the instructions to view the video and complete a short quiz.  All Sophomores will be added to this course (after the Global Fair). If you do not have access to the course after the Global Fair (Sept 6) and are applying for an IQP, email gppcanvas@wpi.edu to be registered. 

Questionnaire

The application questionnaire asks for some basic information including your phone number, your language ability if you speak multiple languages, and a summary of your academic experience and travel experience. 

Course History

Please provide a list of courses that you have taken and/or are planning to take that pertain to global learning or project work. Provide course department, course number, and full course title and discuss why these courses are relevant to an off-campus IQP through the Global Projects Program. 

Writing Prompts

The 18-19 IQP Applications includes the following writing prompts: 

Short Answer – Academic History
How does your academic transcript reflect your ability to succeed in an off-campus project? Are there any circumstances surrounding your grades that you would like to explain?
 
Short Answer - Extracurricular experience
What extracurricular activities are you involved in? Please describe the extent and length of your involvement.
 
Short Answer – Free Time
How do you spend your time outside of academic time?
 
Essay – Project Choice (Up to 500 words) 
Please answer the following question with a brief essay. Please remember that Site Directors prefer quality over quantity, and would prefer to read a well-structured and thought-out response that is as brief as possible.
 
Broadly speaking, what were your priorities in choosing an off-campus project center and how are they related to your first choice?
 
Essay – Social Identity (Up to 500 words) 
Please answer the following question with a brief essay. Please remember that Site Directors prefer quality over quantity, and would prefer to read a well-structured and thought-out response that is as brief as possible.
 
Consider your social identity and how it shapes your perceptions and interactions with the world (and thus the world’s perceptions of, and interactions with, you). How might social identities, both yours and others, shape your off-campus project and impact what you will learn from the experience? 

Resume

Upload a recent copy of your updated resume or CV.

Two References (IQP and MQP Only)

You will only be asked to provide the names and contact info for two references.  You do not need to submit a letter of reference. One reference should be a WPI faculty member. Your second reference can be a WPI faculty or staff member, or a coach, supervisor, or faculty member from another institution who would be willing to serve as a reference for you. 

Signature Documents 

You will be asked to sign off on a few application statements including an understanding of the application process and a release of your transcript and judicial records.  

Other Program Specific Details

Site Preference Form (IQP Only) - Students will be asked to submit a site preference form after the application deadline.  

Project Center Rankings (MQP Only) - Students will be asked to submit project preferences at the time of application.