When Engineering Students Apply Theory To Practice Internationally

Susan Vernon-Gerstenfeld
2001 Annual Conference Proceedings   unpublished
WPI has long embraced a project-based curriculum that now extends to sites throughout the world. Established programs in Europe, the Far East, Australia, Latin America and the Caribbean provide opportunities for undergraduates to complete degree-required projects with sponsoring organizations under the guidance of WPI faculty. This type of experience is unrivaled by traditional international study abroad and departs significantly from traditional internships. While working full-time, students
more » ... ll-time, students successfully address realworld problems and are immersed in an unfamiliar culture. Each year, more than four hundred WPI undergraduates participate in this growing program. The unique opportunities inherent in the program are discussed in this paper. The students, who, each year, apply to the programs in record numbers, increasingly recognize those opportunities.
doi:10.18260/1-2--10028 fatcat:5bscszgffjhe7pdefocsjhlyum