Washington, DC Project Center (IQP)
The Washington, D.C., Project Center offers students the opportunity to work on projects with prestigious sponsoring agencies while living in the heart of the District of Columbia. The Project Center is located in an attractive neighborhood near DuPont Circle, the National Mall, businesses, embassies, and international agencies. Students can take advantage of this ideal location and easy access to the Metro to enjoy an endless supply of free museums, national monuments, and impressive buildings that house the seat of national government. In B Term temperatures range from low 60's to mid-40's.
Students live in hotel style accommodations in Dupont Circle, a vibrant and exciting neighborhood in the center of Washington DC. Hotel amenities include daily breakfast, 3-4 dinners per week, and kitchenettes in each room for preparing food. Students are generally paired in rooms of 2-3 students with a shared kitchen and bathroom. With other guests coming and going in the hotel, our groups are asked to be respectful of quiet hours and common spaces in the hotel. 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 Washington DC students have:
- Recommended environmentally-safe methods of collection and disposal of expired marine emergency flares with the US Coast Guard
- Studied effectiveness of head protection devices reducing risk of brain injury with the Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Evaluated methods of reducing energy usage at wastewater treatment facilities with the US Department of Energy
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 Washington, DC can be found here: Washington DC 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.