For Students

The Nantucket Project Center is not a physical location. Rather, it is one of many ‘virtual’ centers around the world that comprise IGSD’s Global Projects Program. The Nantucket Project Center began in 2008 and 129 students have conducted 40 projects to date. We typically have 6 projects with 3 or 4 students in each project team. Students conduct their background research on their chosen project in ID2050 in A term and spend B term implementing their projects on island. You can find out more about the application process here.

The Island of Nantucket is a located approximately 25 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. Nantucket was once a booming whaling center, but is now primarily a summer resort and tourist destination and the population swells from 10,000 in the winter to 50,000 in the summer. The entire island (14 miles long by 3.5 miles wide) is a National Historic District and retains many cobblestone streets, beautiful historic homes and other historic buildings. It has several excellent museums, a thriving arts community, and numerous cafes and restaurants. Fifty percent of the island is protected conservation land and there are miles of biking and hiking trails and many wonderful public beaches.

We go to Nantucket in the ‘shoulder’ season in order to provide students an off-campus project experience that is affordable and yet really makes you feel like you have been ‘away.’ Indeed, when Islanders take the ferry to the mainland they say they are ‘going to America.’ Students stay in dormitory-style accommodations with shared bedrooms, kitchens, and communal living space on the Maria Mitchell Association campus just a short distance from downtown.