Bar Harbor, ME Project Center (IQP)
The Bar Harbor Project Center is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the U.S., 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. The coastal location provides plenty of ever- changing weather, including sunshine and days wrapped in fog. During July, high temperatures usually range between 70 and 80 degrees F. This is often accompanied by a sea breeze.
Students live in cottages on the campus of the College of the Atlantic (COA) with access to campus facilities including a meal plan in the dining hall and laundry. Kitchens are available in the cottages. To get around the island students can use the Island Explorer, a free shuttle service, or may choose to bring their own bike and/or car. Parking is available at the COA. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure. 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 Bar Harbor students have:
- Conducted studies and community outreach activities focused on light pollution and Dark Sky
- Created hiking trail documentation with interactive 360 spherical views and virtual reality video
- Compiled an audio recording archive of the Acadia National Park
- Analyzed ambient sound levels of park soundscapes
- Cataloged photographic documentation of endangered locations in Acadia National Park
- Conducted a carbon footprint analysis of Acadia National Park
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).
- 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 Bar Harbor can be found here: Bar Harbor 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.