Beijing, China Project Center (MQP)
Beijing, the capital of P.R. China, is a modern, industrialized metropolitan with rich cultural heritage and easy access to other major cities by train or airplane. The Beijing Project Center offers real-world project experiences for students to simultaneously practice their technical skills, apply their innovative ideas, develop their interpersonal abilities, and cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit in a global and innovative world. In particular, WPI students will work in teams with students from Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT). Beijing has hot, humid summers. Average temperatures in Beijing in June range from 66°F to 86°F.
Beijing students will live either in student residences or the university hotel. Rooms are typically double occupancy with a private bathroom, internet and phone, however, are not equipped with a kitchen. Convenient and inexpensive laundry service is available on campus. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Chinese cuisine varies greatly by region and may not be what you’re used to from a typical Chinese restaurant in the U.S. The staple foods of Chinese cooking include rice, noodles, vegetables, sauces, and seasonings. Dairy is rarely, if ever, used. It may be hard to identify what is in a particular sauce, especially for students with a peanut allergy, so be sure to keep healthy practices and your advisors and students informed of your health in case of an allergic reaction. 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.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted in the Fact Sheet 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 are responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Past Beijing MQP students have:
- Developed an infrared drying unit to increase energy efficiency in the production of aluminum cans.
- Designed a robotic arm to sort, stack and move scrap metal for recycling.
- Examined the paint formula to imp adhesion to metal surfaces and identified causes for paint failure.
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away, on the regular 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)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Beijing can be found here: Beijing 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
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State