Copenhagen, Denmark Project Center (IQP)
Denmark's capital city, Copenhagen, is located on the island of Zealand. The Danish population numbers 5.6 million and inhabits an area of 16,630 square miles. In addition to farming, Denmark has many diverse and technological industries, with emphasis on electronics, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding, furniture craft, and alternative energy sources. Denmark is an ideal place for IQP projects. Danish culture is open to interdisciplinary academic questioning, the foundation of every IQP. Danes are brought up to question and debate the impact of technology on the quality of life, and are leaders in utilizing positive aspects of modern technology while trying to lessen its negative impacts. Copenhagen has an oceanic climate, with average temperatures in March falling between 31°F and 42°F.
WPI live in apartment style accommodations in Copenhagen. The city center is not far away and bus connections are very good. All the apartments have a kitchen with plates, table ware, cooking utensils, etc. The apartments are equipped with wireless internet connection, color TV and CD player, and come with complete sets of bed linen and some towels. The apartments will be cleaned daily (on weekdays) and the linen and towels will be exchanged weekly, however they will not do dishes or pick up after you. The building has a laundry room with washer and dryer. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Danish cuisine has often been inspired by other countries and include spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and black pepper. Open-faced sandwiches, ground meats, and fish are also common staples of Danish cuisine. Copenhagen today has a very active and acclaimed restaurant scene home to many Michelin star restaurants. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies 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.
Past Copenhagen students have:
- Developed small-scale greenwater management solutions
- Assessed self-rehabilitation strategies for the visually impaired
- Developed decision matrices to aid municipalities with recycling collection methods
- Explored the political and public preferences for green spaces, in order to develop a surface design for a green bridge
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).
- 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)
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Copenhagen can be found here: Copenhagen 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