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  • Locations: Buchs, Switzerland; W├Ądenswil, Switzerland; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: A term, B term, C term
  • Estimated Expenses: A term, C term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
A term 2018-2019 11/07/2017
02/01/2018 TBA TBA
C term 2018-2019 11/07/2017
02/01/2018 TBA TBA
A term 2019-2020 11/12/2018
11/19/2018 TBA TBA

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Fact Sheet:
Project Opportunities: MQP Active Since: 2016
Director: See Project Opportunities below to contact the appropriate professor for your major Center Highlights: International, Urban
Housing Type: Self Catered Apartment Program Eligibility: Students on academic probation are ineligible
Major Eligibility: Actuarial Mathematics, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Robotics Engineering
Program Description:

Switzerland Project Center (MQP)

Please note:
A term at ZHAW is limited to CBC majors only
A term at NTB Buchs or UniSpital Zurich is limited to CS, ECE, ME, PH & RBE majors only
A term at Aristo Consulting (Cybersecurity) is limited to CS, MA at MAC majors only
A term and/or B term or C term at ZHAW is limited to MA and MAC majors only


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

Location and Culture          

Switzerland is a small, mountainous country located in central Europe. Landlocked between France, Germany, and Italy, it is not surprising that you will hear all three languages as well as English in your daily comings and goings around town. The climate in Switzerland is temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers. IQP and MQP projects will return to the Global Projects Program for the 17-18 academic year. 

Housing and Meals

Switzerland students will live in self-catered apartment style accommodations. Students will have access to make their own food or purchase food from local restaurants. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

Swiss Cuisine borrows a lot from Italian, French, and German cuisines. Chocolate and cheeses, Emmental and Gruyere in particular, are popular local staples. Traditional dishes include raclette and fondue. 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.

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

For information, contact the professor associated with your major:
  • CBC, Prof. Gericke
  • *CS, Prof. Ciaraldi
  • *CS, MA, MAC, Prof. Sturm
  • ME, Prof. Wodin-Schwartz
  • PH, Prof. Burnham
  • RBE, Prof. Popovic
*Note that CS is listed twice, once with Prof. Ciaraldi for A Term in Buchs and once with Prof. Sturm for C Term in Zurich.

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 Switzerland can be found at the top of the page for both A and C term.

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.

Additional Resources

Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State
Country-specific travel health information from the Center for Disease Control
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State


This program is currently not accepting applications.