Wellington, New Zealand Project Center (IQP)
Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand, with a metropolitan population of approximately 390,000. The city is situated on Wellington Harbour, on the southwestern tip of the North Island, between the Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. Wellington houses Parliament, the head offices of all Government Ministries and Departments, and most foreign diplomatic missions. It is also a cultural center with many museums (including Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand), a vibrant film and theater industry, symphony and ballet companies, and the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival. It has consistently ranked high on several indices of quality of living—Lonely Planet named Wellington the “coolest little capital in the world” in its Best in Travel 2011 guidebook. Wellington has a temperate marine climate with moderate weather year-round. Average temperatures in February range from 56°F to 69°F which is summer time.
WPI students in Wellington will reside in self-catered apartments. Each apartment has 2-3 bedrooms, a washer and dryer, an equipped kitchenette, a small living area, linens, and a full bathroom. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
New Zealand cuisine is largely British-based with a Maori history. As the country becomes more multicultural, more and more Mediterranean and Asian cuisines are becoming influential. As in Britain and Australia, fish and chips, meat pies, vegemite, and roast lamb are common meals. 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 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 Wellington students have:
- Evaluated public perception of sea lions and made recommendations to promote education about the "nationally critical" species
- Made recommendations to balance preservation and safety for historical buildings in earthquake-prone areas
- Conducted a feasibility analysis for a hydroponic greenhouse in a Maori community
Learn more about past projects on the Project Center's website: New Zealand 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 Wellington can be found here: Wellington 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
New Zealand Project Center Website
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State