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Beijing, China Project Center
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: E term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Estimated Expenses: E term
Fact Sheet:
Project Opportunities:
Amy Zeng, Jianyu Liang
Center Highlights:
International, Urban
Housing Type:
Shared apartments
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure
Program Eligibility:
Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation)
Major Eligibility:
Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Management Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Program Description:


China is the largest exporter and consumer market for the world economy. Beijing, the capital of P.R. China, is a modern, industrialized metropolitan with rich cultural heritage and easy access to other major cities by train or airplane.


Students live on Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) campus and may travel to other cities based on their project sponsor locations and project requirements.

Site Overview:

Gaining a deep understanding of this country by conducting a MQP or IQP in China is an effective way for WPI students to acquire and practice their global competency. Moreover, to experience working with professionals from different backgrounds in a diverse cultural environment, the Beijing Project Center offers real-world project experiences for students to simultaneously practice their technical skills, apply their innovative ideas, develop their interpersonal abilities, and cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit in a global and innovative world. In particular, WPI students will work in teams with about 20 students from Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT). Projects are completed within 7-8 weeks.


WPI students work with Chinese students in mixed teams under the guidance of co-advisors from both WPI and BUCT. Projects involving real-world problems are sponsored by universities or global companies with operations in China in the areas of information technology, sustainable development, urban design, materials science, mechanical design, environmental management, supplier chain, operations and logistics analysis, and lean principle implementations.

Project Examples

  • Mechanical Design – Designed a new robotic arm system for Pacific Can, the largest Aluminum can producer in China, for waste metal recycling. 
  • Information Technology - Examined the current academic technology for flipped classroom adopted by Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) and available technologies in the market, benchmarked against those used in the United States, assessed the university’s needs and readiness, and helped to develop a Blackboard system for BUCT. 
  • Manufacturing Technology - Developed a new ultraviolet drying stage for aluminum can production process.
  • Chemical Technology – Developed new paint formula for spraying painting with enhanced adhesion on to metal surfaces. 


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NOTE: E term programs are not eligible for financial aid.  Students participating in these programs are billed for tuition, housing and other program related fees.  Please carefully review the costs associated with these programs as you consider applying for them.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
E term 2013-2014 02/27/2014
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
E term 2015-2016 11/11/2014
01/30/2015 TBA TBA
E term 2016-2017 11/11/2015
02/02/2016 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.