August 22, 2017

WPI giving every student $5K to study abroad

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WPI students monitor microplastics in Australia. The school is giving every full-time student $5,000 to study abroad starting in 2018.

All students enrolling at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in August 2018 and beyond will now have the opportunity to study abroad.

Beginning with the class of 2022 (arriving in August 2018), every full-time student will receive a Global Project Scholarship credit of $5,000 to help pay for an off-campus experience.

The school is aiming for 90-percent participation by 2020 in the program dubbed Global Projects For All. WPI is seeking to add new project centers and expand existing locations around the world, the school said in a press release last week.

The school, via its Global Projects Program, added 18 new project centers since 2009, including expanding its reach in England, Ecuador, Armenia and Israel last year.

This year, the Institute will add programs in Massachusetts, Costa Rica, Japan and Switzerland. The university hopes to raise $50 million for future endeavors.

Currently, the school sends 72 percent of its students to more than 40 project centers around the world, according to a press release.

"By enabling more students to apply what they know out in the world, this initiative will also accelerate WPI's quest to prepare and equip the next generation of STEM leaders to play vital roles in the future prosperity of our nation, and advance the well-being of others," said WPI President Laurie Leshin in a press release.

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