|Restrictions:||WPI applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Program Term:||C Term||Project Opportunities:||IQP|
|Director:||Ingrid Shockey, Mike Elmes||Center Highlights:||International, Urban|
|Housing:||Shared apartments||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|
Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand, with a metropolitan population of approximately 390,000. The city is situated on Wellington Harbour, on the southwestern tip of the North Island, between the Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range.
Wellington houses Parliament, the head offices of all Government Ministries and Departments, and most foreign diplomatic missions. It is also a cultural center with many museums (including Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand), a vibrant film and theater industry, symphony and ballet companies, and the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival. It has consistently ranked high on several indices of quality of living—Lonely Planet named Wellington the “coolest little capital in the world” in its Best in Travel 2011 guidebook.
In general, IQPs in Wellington will involve outreach to government organizations and NGOs in New Zealand on issues related to the natural environment, innovation, museums, Maori culture and health.
Past, present and anticipated projects focus on conservation and wildlife, impacts of earthquakes and climate change, innovation for New Zealand, museums and methods of enhancing the museum experience, Maori culture and development, and healthcare in New Zealand (particularly related to obesity and Type II diabetes in some segments of NZ society).
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State
Country-specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control