Boston, Massachusetts Project Center (IQP)
Boston is a world-class city, featuring a wealth of cultural, educational, recreational, and tourist attractions. Students at the Boston Project Center complete their projects while living in Worcester and commuting to Boston. This arrangement helps to reduce student expenses while also providing ample opportunities to explore the City’s many offerings—they can trek the Freedom Trail, visit the Museum of Science, take in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, relax at the Boston Public Garden, and head over to Boston’s many shopping areas, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
Students live in Worcester and commute to Boston for project work. Transportation and meals should be planned for as part of a budget for this term.
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.
The BPC integrates undergraduate engineering and science education with community needs. BPC projects are developed around three main themes:
- sustainability and climate change,
- environmental issues, and
- public health and safety.
The scope or focus of the projects are developed in collaboration with sponsors that have identified challenges in these areas and need assistance to address these challenges. Past sponsors have included the City of Boston, Boston Harbor Association, MA Department of Public Utilities, MA Department of Energy Resources, and the New England Aquarium. For example, in previous projects, Boston students have:
- Evaluated a community summer youth employment initiative with Chelsea Collaborative
- Created a video game framework increasing awareness for endangered whales with the New England Aquarium
- Made policy recommendations to reduce flood risk with the Boston Harbor Association
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the regular 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 Boston can be found here: Boston 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.