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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Program Terms: C term
  • Project Center Website: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WPI applicants only
  • Estimated Expenses: C term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
C term 2017-2018 10/01/2017
Rolling Admission 01/03/2018 03/03/2018
C term 2018-2019 10/29/2017
12/18/2017 01/02/2019 03/02/2019

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Project Opportunities: IQP Click here for a definition of this term Active Since: 1989
Click here for a definition of this term First Round Apps / Space Available: 33/24 Click here for a definition of this term Director: Richard Vaz, Seth Tuler
Click here for a definition of this term Center Highlights: All projects conducted in partnership with students and faculty from Chulalongkorn University, International, Urban Click here for a definition of this term Housing Type: Student Residence Style
Click here for a definition of this term Program Preparation: 1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding departure, Thai language prep in A term. Click here for a definition of this term Program Eligibility: Sophomore at the time of application
Click here for a definition of this term Major Eligibility: All Majors Click here for a definition of this term Visa Requirements: Visa Required for US Citizens - International Students Should Confirm Personal Status
Program Description:

Bangkok, Thailand Project Center (IQP)



Location and Culture
Program Dates
Housing and Meals
Project Opportunities
Cost and Billing
Health and Safety
Additional Resources

Location and Culture          

Situated in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is an intensely beautiful country: a land of gilded temples, outdoor markets, and golden beaches. Students at the Bangkok, Thailand Project Center have a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the people of Thailand and address some of the challenges common to developing nations by working on a variety of social and environmental projects. Thai people are among the friendliest and most hospitable in the world and have a great talent for enjoying life. Bangkok has a monsoon-influenced tropical savanna climate with three seasons: hot, rainy, and cool. Average temperatures in February range from 76°F to 92°F. 

Housing and Meals

WPI students will be living in student residence style accommodations for international students. The accommodation is convenient to the skytrain (BTS) and subway (MRT). Rooms are double occupancy and have air conditioning, a private bathroom, a TV, a refrigerator, and wifi. Rooms are fully furnished with linens and towels, and maid service is available on request. Laundry service is available at an extra cost. Students are not allowed to cook in their rooms, but there is a microwave in the common area and many inexpensive dining options nearby. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

Thai cuisine places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with lots of aroma and spice. It’s known to mix multiple flavors (sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy). Thai cuisine often incorporates rice, noodles and starches with sauces and vegetables and herbs. Common dishes include tom yam goong, pad Thai, som tam, massaman curry, green curry, Thai fried rice, and moo nam tak. Note that nuts are commonly used in Thai cuisine. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies (nuts in particular) 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.

Program Dates

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. 

Project Opportunities

WPI students work in multicultural teams with students from Chulalongkorn University on projects proposed by local nonprofit organizations, universities, and governmental and non-governmental organizations. Projects take place in the city of Bangkok and surrounding rural areas, with many focusing on underserved communities.

Past Bangkok students have:

  • Addressed solutions for water contamination in an informal community with the Duang Prateep Foundation
  • Evaluated improvements for rice-farming technology with the Ministry of Agriculture
  • Created a school district’s traffic educational program to improve road safety with the Can Do Team.

Cost and Billing

Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away.  These will be billed to you on the normal WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester). 
  • 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)
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
  • Local transportation
  • Airfare (if applicable)
  • Food
  • Tourist activities and incidentals
  • Project related incidentals

A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Bangkok can be found here: Bangkok Estimated Expenses

Health and Safety 

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

Additional Resources

Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

This program is currently not accepting applications.