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Bar Harbor, Maine Project Center
Bar Harbor, ME, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: E term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Budget Sheets: E term
Fact Sheet:
Program Term:
E Term
Project Opportunities:
Fred Bianchi
Center Highlights:
Domestic, Rural
Shared rooms in a student residence/dormitory
Program Preparation:
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 (IQPs)
Program Description:


The Bar Harbor Project Center is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the country on the coast of Maine. Students live and work in close proximity to the Acadia National Park and numerous research, historical, environmental, and arts organizations. Students stay in cottages on the College of the Atlantic (COA) campus. In addition to traditional dorm living amenities, students have in-house kitchens, optional meal plans, and campus security. While similarities to college living are noticeable, the resemblance quickly disappears.

Nestled on the east side of Mt. Desert Island, the rocky coast, mountainous terrain, and ocean vistas of the area have long been the destination of researchers, explorers, scientists, artists, and curious visitors. In addition to the academic and scholarly experiences that await WPI students, the summer in Bar Harbor offers the lure of hiking, biking, rock climbing, swimming, sailing, nature walking, kayaking, whale watching, and more.


Bar Harbor Projects have a strong focus on the relationship between the humanities, technology, the arts, and the environment. Projects involve research and creative activities intended to offer insight into the preservation, improvement, appreciation, and sustainability of the natural environment.

Project Examples

Dark Sky – Measuring and analyzing light pollution in the Acadia National Park.

Trail View – Creating 360 degree interactive panoramic views of the 125 miles of hiking trails in the Acadia National Park.

Sound Archive – Surround sound recordings of the natural environment in the Acadia National Park.

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 2015-2016 10/06/2014
01/12/2015 TBA TBA
E term 2016-2017 02/19/2016
02/22/2016 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.