• A unique academic program where students complete their frosh and sophomore years by taking courses at local Foothill College.  During their junior and senior years, students take online classes from the world’s top global universities and from our faculty.

These courses are for personal enhancement only. While there may be some overlap in these courses with regular college courses, they are not credit worthy nor accepted as substitutes for any other courses.


The following illustrate the variety of courses available at global universities that WIT students may select as they build their study program based on their areas of interest:


Columbia University

Statistical Thinking for Data Science and Analytics


University of Edinburgh

Data Ethics, AI and Responsible Innovation


ETH Zurich

Autonomous Mobile Robots


Harvard University

CS50's Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with Python

Statistical Inference and Modeling for High-throughput Experiments


Johns Hopkins University

Practical Machine Learning



Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion

Probabilistic Method in Combinatorics



Fundamentals of Electric vehicles: Technology & Economics 

Computational Fluid Dynamics using Finite Volume Method

High Performance Computing for Scientists and Engineers


University of Pennsylvania 

Robotics: Computational Motion

Robotics: Perception


Princeton University

The Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges

Computer Science: Algorithms, Theory, and Machines


Stanford University

Quantum Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers 2 (Stanford Online)


UC Berkeley

Data Science: Computational Thinking with Python (edX)


UCL (University College London)

Internet of Things (IoT): Introduction to Understanding and Designing IoT Systems

  •  Entrepreneurial projects will include developing designs, processes and devices to advance autonomous air traffic control systems.

  • Students create their own STEM majors through the open curriculum program around their areas of interest and career goals and work closely with advisors to develop, advance, and monitor progress toward their educational and career goals. 

  • Students meet with our Academic Adviser and design a plan for their course of study.  Regular meetings with their Academic Adviser will assess progress and make sure students are on track to complete their study goals.​

  • ​Students will compile a portfolio document to showcase their growth across the full range of programs undertaken at WIT to include presentations, conferences attended, and academic papers published, etc.


Our program operates on the quarter system.

We offer the following programs:


Aviation and Space Studies

➤ General Aviation

➤ Autonomous Aviation 

    ◦ Air Traffic Control

    ◦ Pilotless Commercial Aviation

➤ Aeronautics & Astronautics

    ◦ Space-based lasers

    ◦ Astronautics 

    ◦ Meteoritics, Laser Science, Low Orbit Satellites

Media Studies

Quiet in the set! Camera’s rolling! Ready ~ Action!

Develop an idea. Write. Produce. Direct. Shoot. Edit. Design. Follow your passion for creating inspiration and entertainment by mastering all production software and high-end AV equipment. 

➤ Cinema and Media

    ◦ History of Media and Culture

    ◦ Interactive and Digital Media 

    ◦ Journalism Multimedia Storytelling

➤ Production 

    ◦ Pre-production and Production Design

    ◦ Motion Picture Production

    ◦ Cinematography 

    ◦ AV Editing and Post-production

➤ Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking

➤ Story Development and Screenwriting

➤ New Media, Game, SNS and Technology

➤ Production Workshop and Internship through KMTP-TV

STEM Enhancement 

We will enhance the curriculum of the community colleges with supplementary courses taught by our faculty. This will allow students to progress to transfer to accredited schools and/or continue to graduate schools with the highest practicable level of mathematics or science.

Environmental Studies 

Our students will conduct research and use tools for achieving sustainable and resilient watersheds and water resources. This research and related projects will occur at the premises which were formerly the home of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Large Lake Research Center on Grosse Ile< Michigan in the Detroit metro area. The research includes the following:

  • Systems to predict the adverse effects of chemicals and other stressors across species and biological levels of organization through the development and quantification of adverse outcomes.  

  • Usage of integrated research to identify and characterize modifiable factors that respond to environmental conditions, and through intervention, improve health and human wellbeing. 

  • Translating and communicating integrated environmental and health effects science to impact policy decisions. 


The U.S. and China vie for military, economic and cultural development and utilization. This rivalry presents unlimited educational and entrepreneurial opportunities. We will seize some of the opportunities for leadership in some disciplines. Thus, all students are required to learn basic conversational Mandarin.

China and the United States vie for global dominance in all STEM disciplines, driven.


To graduate, students are required to complete 219 quarter units.  

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For course details and requirements for General Education classes and majors, consult the Foothill College online catalog.


Objectives of the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department

Our objectives are the mastery of an entry-level knowledge of real-time, safety-critical systems in multiple disciplines, with and without human interventions. Core disciplines include autonomy, software, communications, networks, controls, and human-machine, human-software interaction, simulations, policy, economics and organizational behavior. This also will include an introduction to the engineering of air and space vehicles, their propulsion systems and their subsystems.

Objective for the General Aviation Program

Our students will be introduced to aviation as the first step on the ladder toward autonomous aviation. Our students will learn to confidently fly a private aircraft, such as a Cessna 159 or 172, after completing 40 hours of flying. The Stanford Flying Club at the Palo Alto Airport will provide this service. 

Objectives for the Autonomous Aviation Program

Our graduates will combine critical thinking with the foundational skills to excel in autonomous aviation.  The program provides an overview of the process of developing flight control for control and management of manned and unmanned aircraft, using both the rigorous engineering approach for traditional flight controls as well as analytical approaches for the autonomous guidance functions.

Objectives for the Astronautics Program

Our objectives are for students to demonstrate a basic ability to apply mathematics, science, and engineering knowledge to understand and solve complex interdisciplinary problems as well as a broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context. This includes the areas of aircraft and spacecraft engineering, space exploration, air- and space-based telecommunication industries, autonomous systems, robotics, commercial space transportation, teaching, research, military service, and related fields.

Objectives for the Sustainable Food Program.

The objectives of the Department are to learn and deploy projects of the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social, and environmental. These objectives include providing safe and nutritious food for all; providing decent incomes and wages for farmers and those working across the ecosystem; and conserving natural resources for the benefit of current and future populations. This Department will launch in 2022 following our acquisition of a significant agriculture land holding. 

Mandarin Enhancement

Objectives of the Mandarin Supplemental Program

The U.S. and China vie for leadership and global dominance everywhere, including all STEM disciples. As part of leadership, our students must be comfortable communicating with leaders in English and Mandarin.  

Objective No. 1

Our graduates will learn basic Mandarin and will be able to converse with native speakers in educational, corporate and social settings. 

Objective No. 2

WIT graduates will gain an intermediate level of oral and written Mandarin and have the self-confidence to put into practice the language and cultural skills gained in leadership roles and positively impact the world.  

how courses are taught


How courses are taught​

  • Teaching methods will consist of lectures (50-minutes), classes (1 to 2 hours), laboratory (1-2 hours), field trips may be offered.  

  • Students are expected to study for at least two hours for every hour of teaching time for further reading, research, revision and assignments.   Projects will be outside of this time.

  • Independent research will allow student to conduct research on particular areas of interest. 

  • Internships will allow students to explore career options and develop relationships with local individuals and companies.


  • WIT headquarters and classrooms are located at 135 University Avenue, Palo Alto.

  • Cubberley Community Center, Palo Alto, for Media Studies.

  • The Palo Alto Airport for Aviation and Space Studies.

​Prerequisites to Graduate: 

  • Design study program upon registration with Academic Adviser.

  • Choose program of study based on personal interests.

  • Complete General Education requirements. 

  • Select major specialization.

  • Complete 219 quarter units of coursework.

  • Complete an individual project.