Moscow, Russia Project Center (IQP)
Spanning 12 different time zones between Europe and Asia, Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of land mass, natural resources and opportunities for economic and technological growth. The months of Septemner and October in Moscow are balmy and bountiful and offer great opportunities for WPI students to explore the city and the countryside, sample Russian achievements in space exploration, see the museums and sites of the Kremlin, Vladimir and Suzdal, and marvel at the ingenuous designs of bridges and fountains in Saint Petersburg. The Moscow Project Center is based on the campus of Financial University and provides many opportunities for students to participate in Russian culture through interaction with local students, language and culture exchanges, and clubs including theater, music, and dance. Russia has a very varied climate, and average temperatures in Moscow in September fall between 45°F and 60°F.
Students are accommodated in dorms located on the historic campus of the Financial University campus, located in a popular area of Moscow and on a metro stop well connected to the city center and the airport. There are two students per room and two rooms per bathroom. Dorm rooms include a desk, bed with linens and blankets, refrigerator, tv, and towels. Dorms offer room service, communal areas, washing machines (no dryers), and internet. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
Russian cuisine is very diverse and often includes fish, pork, poultry, caviar, mushrooms, berries, honey, and crops of rye, wheat, barley and millet. Soups and stews full of flavor are centered on seasonal or storable produce, fish and meats. Traditional dishes include pelmeni, kholodets, kotlety, pirozhki, blinis. The CDC discourages drinking tap water. 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 Moscow students have:
- Repurposed the design for a coffee grinder, the flagship product of Soviet-era company Mikromashina
- Evaluated ramifications of climate change in the Arctic for Russian energy companies with Ernst & Young
- Identified best available technologies and practices to increase energy efficiency for the Moscow Metro
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 Moscow can be found here: Moscow 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.
NOTE: Successful applicants will be required to obtain a visa and prospective applicants should note that Russia requires proof of a recent HIV test in order to obtain a visa.
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