Bangkok, Thailand Project Center (IQP)
Situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is an intensely beautiful country: a land of gilded temples, outdoor markets, and golden beaches. Students at the Bangkok, Thailand Project Center have a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the people of Thailand and address some of the challenges common to developing nations by working on a variety of social and environmental projects. Thai people are among the friendliest and most hospitable in the world and have a great talent for enjoying life. Bangkok has a monsoon-influenced tropical savanna climate with three seasons: hot, rainy, and cool. Average temperatures in February range from 76°F to 92°F.
WPI students will be living in student residence style accommodations for international students. The accommodation is convenient to the skytrain (BTS) and subway (MRT). Rooms are double occupancy and have air conditioning, a private bathroom, a TV, a refrigerator, and wifi. Rooms are fully furnished with linens and towels, and maid service is available on request. Laundry service is available at an extra cost. Students are not allowed to cook in their rooms, but there is a microwave in the common area and many inexpensive dining options nearby. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Thai cuisine places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with lots of aroma and spice. It’s known to mix multiple flavors (sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy). Thai cuisine often incorporates rice, noodles and starches with sauces and vegetables and herbs. Common dishes include tom yam goong, pad Thai, som tam, massaman curry, green curry, Thai fried rice, and moo nam tak. Note that nuts are commonly used in Thai cuisine. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies (nuts in particular) into account as you consider this site and inform your advisor and IGSD of any health concerns well in advance of your participation in this program.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
WPI students work in multicultural teams with students from Chulalongkorn University on projects proposed by local nonprofit organizations, universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. Projects take place in the city of Bangkok and surrounding rural areas, with many focusing on underserved communities.
Past Bangkok students have:
- Addressed solutions for water contamination in an informal community with the Duang Prateep Foundation
- Evaluated improvements for rice-farming technology with the Ministry of Agriculture
- Created a school district’s traffic educational program to improve road safety with the Can Do Team.
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the normal WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester).
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Bangkok can be found here: Bangkok Estimated Expenses
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. 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 very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you, and that you carefully review the published information concerning health, safety, and security at the resources linked below prior to applying to a particular site. Make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccine information, and review all information in relation to your own health and any medical conditions you may have.
Country-specific travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control
Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State