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  • Locations: AsunciĆ³n, Paraguay
  • Program Terms: D term
  • Restrictions: WPI applicants only
  • Estimated Expenses: D term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
D term 2017-2018 12/20/2017
Rolling Admission 03/10/2018 05/01/2018
NOTE: Departure must be after 5pm on May 1st, 2018.
D term 2018-2019 12/03/2018
Rolling Admission 03/09/2019 04/30/2019

** 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.

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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: 2014
Click here for a definition of this term First Round Apps / Space Available: 6/24 Click here for a definition of this term Director: Robert Traver
Click here for a definition of this term Center Highlights: International 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 Click here for a definition of this term Program Eligibility: Proficient in Spanish or Commitment to 3 Spanish courses before departure, 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:

Asunción, Paraguay Project Center (IQP)



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

Location and Culture          

Paraguay, located between Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil, is a beautiful country, served by two major rivers and comprised of several distinct natural regions. It is world famous for its bird life, and the mighty jaguar and feared anaconda, as well as many other beautiful and interesting creatures, call Paraguay home. Interestingly, the country’s culture and society represent a blend of both indigenous and colonial influences, a dual inheritance that manifests in its unique commitment (in South America) to two official languages, Guarani and Spanish. With only seven million people, Paraguay is small, but it has a robust economy based on remarkable agricultural production. Unfortunately, that wealth ensures a high standard of living for a only a small percentage of the population, and poverty is wide spread. Paraguay has a subtropical to temperate climate with substantial rainfall in the eastern portions, becoming semiarid in the far west. Average temperatures in Asunción in March fall between 70°F and 89 °F.

Housing and Meals

Students will stay in a 6 person casita (a stucco cabin) at a residential school about 45 minutes from Asuncion. There are three double occupancy rooms with separate male and female baths in each casita. There is a kitchen with propane-fueled stove and electric refrigerator. For an additional cost, students may opt to spend weekends in Asunción in a three bedroom dorm-style home, complete with a kitchen and a pool. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

Meat, vegetables, manioc, maize, and fruits are common in Paraguayan cuisine. Barbecuing is both a cooking technique and often a social event, and are known as the Asado. Many dishes are based on corn, milk, cheese and meat, and fish caught in rivers are also eaten. A common Paraguayan snack is Chipa, a baked good of cornmeal and cheese. 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

Past Paraguay students have:

  • Improved a system for monitoring poverty with Fundacion Paraguaya
  • Developed upgrades and marketing materials for the San Francisco School’s on-campus dairy factory with Fundacion Paraguaya
  • Designed an improved heating system at the San Francisco School with Fundacion Paraguaya

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 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)
  • Food
  • Tourist activities and incidentals
  • Project related incidentals

A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Paraguay can be found here: Paraguay 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.