Worcester, United Kingdom Project Center (IQP)
Worcester, UK is a quaint city in the West Midlands of England that boasts a number of Tudor-style buildings and a cathedral dating from the early 11th century. Just two hours northwest of London and less than an hour to Birmingham and its international airport, Worcester is well-connected to the rest of the UK and a popular choice for students. 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. Average temperatures in Worcester in March range from 37°F to 52°F.
Worcester UK students will likely reside in dormitories on St. John’s Campus. Dorms will include a private room with en-suite bathroom and shared kitchen and dining areas. Students can log in to Wi-Fi using the same Eduroam from WPI. 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.
Past Worcester UK students have:
- Increased the environmental and financial sustainability of the Worcester Arts Workshop
- Evaluated the potential for hosting repair cafes on college campuses with the University of Worcester
- Developed a model renewable energy strategy for Wales with the Green Valleys Community Interest Company
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: Worcester UK 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
University or Worcester City Guide
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State