London, United Kingdom Project Center (IQP)
Newsweek has dubbed London “the coolest city on the planet.” It is home to some of the world’s most vibrant theatre and music, outstanding museums, and ambitious architecture. London was once the center of an empire, and today it is the political, economic and media hub of the British Isles, with an influence that continues to radiate well beyond its borders. Many interesting cities (e.g., Bath, Brighton, Oxford) and tourist attractions (e.g., Stonehenge) are within easy reach, and a designated long weekend allows students to travel further afield in the UK and the rest of Europe. The United Kingdom has a temperate climate, moderated by prevailing southwest winds over the North Atlantic Current. More than one-half of the days in are overcast, with average temperatures in London in March ranging from 39°F to 52°F, and in June from 53°F to 70°F.
London students will be living in apartments in the Bloomsbury neighborhood. Bloomsbury is a peaceful and quiet neighborhood in Central London near the British Museum, the British Library and the University of London. Apartments are 1-4 bedrooms and include a fully-equipped kitchen, shared living and dining areas with TV, en-suite bathrooms, Wi-Fi and laundry. Roommates will be announced towards the end of the prep term. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
British cuisine has been described as "unfussy dishes made with quality local ingredients, matched with simple sauces to accentuate flavor, rather than disguise it." However, British cuisine has absorbed the cultural influence of those who have settled in Britain, producing many hybrid dishes, such as the Anglo-Indian chicken tikka masala. As a world capital, London offers lots of options for international cuisine as well. Note that various food items you know by one name in the U.S. may go by a different name in the U.K., for example when they say chips they are referring to what we call French fries, and when they say biscuit they are usually referring to a type of cookie. 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. Students must arrive by 3pm on the program start date above.
Past London students have:
- Designed new exhibits and educational resources for major London museums
- Explored how to reduce dwell times on the London Underground
- Helped local councils promote recycling and reduce energy consumption
- Assessed the value of green space in urban areas
Learn more about past projects on the Project Center's website: London Project Center Website
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).
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- 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)
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for London can be found here:
London D-Term Estimated Expenses
London E-Term 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, and that you carefully review the published information concerning health, safety, and security at the resources linked below prior to applying to a particular site. Make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccine information, and review all information in relation to your own health and any medical conditions you may have.
Country-specific travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control
Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State
Project Center Website
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State