select their own practicum experiences—including
more than a dozen international options like the World Health Organization,
Helen Keller International, CARE International, or a variety of United Nations
agencies. Students have also completed practica with faculty in Haiti, Kenya,
Mongolia, and China.
Our faculty lead
international research projects, often hiring
students as research assistants to partner in their work. Faculty have recently
been investigating asset building in Peru, undernutrition in Haiti, educational
attainment in China, and
indoor air pollution in India.
integrate research from multiple disciplines in order to address real-world
problems in a comprehensive way. Past field-based TPS courses have been taught
in India and Haiti, giving students and faculty the chance to work in
communities and examine public health and economic development challenges
specific to those regions.
During this intensive two-week experience, our students use community-driven system dynamics to gain insights into problems faced by rural villages in India’s drylands. The Institute trains students to approach issues from a systems perspective to achieve sustainable change.
specializing in Urban Design embark on a required, design-focused course in
Europe during spring break. The program is led in partnership with Washington
University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.