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Santa Fe, New Mexico Project Center (IQP)
Santa Fe, NM, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: A term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Estimated Expenses: A term
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
A term 2016-2017 02/19/2016
02/22/2016 08/23/2016 10/15/2016

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Project Opportunities:
Placement Rate:
Active Since:
Fabio Carrera
Center Highlights:
Housing Type:
Self Catered Apartment
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding departure
Program Eligibility:
All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Visa Requirements:
Not Applicable
Program Description:

Santa Fe, NM Project Center (IQP)

santafeusaLocation and Culture
Program Dates
Housing and Meals
Project Opportunities
Cost and Billing
Health and Safety
Additional Resources

Location and Culture          

Santa Fe is the oldest (1610 AD) and highest (7,200 ft.) state capital in North America. Nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this quaint town of 70,000 is perched high above the Rio Grande in north-central New Mexico. In less than half an hour, it is possible to travel from downtown Santa Fe to the national forest, where skiing above 13,000 feet is available until April. Santa Fe is a major center for Native American culture, a mecca for both active and retired scientists and avant-garde artists. Due to the proximity of the Los Alamos National Lab and the establishment of the world-renowned Santa Fe Institute, founded by George Cowan (WPI Class of ’41), the city has attracted world-class researchers, including several Nobel-prize winners, in the fields of physics, biology, economics, and political science. Weather in A Term will start in the low to mid-80's and cool down to the 60's by the end of the term. 

Housing and Meals

WPI students live near the Santa Fe Plaza, in the downtown area, and travel to local sponsoring agencies by public transportation. Students are housed in private casitas with 3-4 students per house. Casitas have full shared kitchens, shared bathrooms, and shared bedrooms in most cases.  Housing is walking distance to the center of town and the housing provider offers a shuttle to local shopping malls for grocery shopping.  Students generally prepare their own meals in the housing or go out for dinner in Santa Fe. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions, allergies in particular, into account and inform your advisor and IGSD well in advance. Accommodations are subject to change and will be confirmed by the beginning of the term prior to departure.

Program Dates

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. 

Project Opportunities

Past Santa Fe students have...

  • Evaluated strategies for the establishments of a low power FM radio station to facilitate communication in a Native American community
  • Designed a communication system and irrigation layouts to improve water efficiency in a pueblo
  • Created a digital 3D model of the Santa Fe Indian School for historical and planning purposes

Cost and Billing

Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away.  These will be billed to you on the same 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)
  • Food
  • Tourist activities and incidentals
  • Project related incidentals

A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Santa Fe can be found here: Santa Fe Estimated Expenses

Health and Safety 

Santa Fe is an urban metropolitan city with many people coming and going daily. As in any urban environment students are encouraged to remain vigilant about their own personal security and consider the locations that they are visiting and the level of security at these locations. Students should also stay aware and up-to-date on local news reports and follow advice from public safety officers regarding travel on public transportation and around the city.  

Additional Resources

Student Resources

This program is currently not accepting applications.