Nantucket, Massachusetts Project Center (IQP)
Nantucket has a population of 10,000 year-round residents and attracts an additional 40,000 tourists each summer. Nantucket was once a booming whaling center but is now primarily a summer resort and tourist destination. The island itself has changed little since the 17th century and retains many cobblestone streets, historic homes, and shops. The entire island is a National Historic District and has several excellent museums, many wonderful public beaches, and protected conservation land covering about 40% of the island. Temperatures range from low 60's to low 40's by the end of the term.
Students at the Nantucket Project Center stay in cottage style houses on the island within walking distance or a shirt bike ride from many amenities and their sponsors. In previous years, a local bike shop has provided bikes for our students, free of charge. Students are not allowed to bring cars to the island. Meals are generally prepared in a communal kitchen at the student housing or available at local restaurants that are open in the off season. Off season life on Nantucket is much slower than the hustle and bustle of the summer season, so students should be prepared for quiet evenings and weekends exploring the island and getting involved in local activities. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.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 Nantucket students have helped the town address pressing problems such as:
- Promoting energy awareness and energy saving
- Increasing affordable housing
- Preventing coastal erosion
- Increasing museum visitation
- Improving emergency response
- Enhancing access for the disabled
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 Nantucket can be found here: Nantucket Estimated Costs
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.