A community of student-activists
IDCE has approximately 160 graduate students from more than 30 different countries. Forty percent of our graduate students are international, creating a rich diversity of perspectives and backgrounds in our classrooms. IDCE has welcomed students from many countries including Ghana, Egypt, Vietnam, Pakistan, Sudan, China, Nepal, Malawi, Ethiopia, Thailand, Kenya, Liberia, Tanzania, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ukraine, Ecuador, Turkey, Eritrea, the Netherlands, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Russia, Albania, Rwanda, Peru, South Korea, Angola, Bangladesh, Canada, and Cambodia.
Most IDCE students have several years of professional experience and have decided to return to graduate school to learn new, alternative skills and for the opportunity to think critically about their experiences. The diversity of our student body brings to each program a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, talents, and interests. IDCE seeks students who demonstrate a combined passion for and commitment to understanding the complex fields of development and the environment.
Living On Campus
Clark is a residential university, and graduate students who choose to live on campus are joining a vibrant community of students from across departments and across the world. Our campus easily transitions from university to the surrounding neighborhood, making it easy to access the larger urban area of Worcester even for students living on campus.
In addition to the many benefits of on-campus housing for graduate students, IDCE students also have a unique housing option in the form of the IDCE Social Change House. This 14-bedroom, renovated Victorian home sits on the same block as the IDCE House and was created to provide a living and learning environment that could expand on graduate education in IDCE. Formally and informally, sharing a living space with a culturally diverse range of students supports the ability of the IDCE community to foster discussion and understanding of social change, and what it really means in relation to ideas discussed in the classroom.
Life in Worcester
Clark's campus is located in the heart of Worcester, Mass., the second-largest city in New England. Known for its diverse population and comfortable cost of living, Worcester is the ideal location for graduate students to live. Added to our many varied cultural events, restaurants, civic opportunities, and significant greenspace is our proximity to Boston, New York City, beaches, and state and national parks.