The International Plan

In today’s economy, employers are expecting to hire college graduates with international experience, global perspectives, intercultural communication skills, and the ability to work in diverse teams. In response to this need, Georgia Tech developed the International Plan, a globally-focused degree designation.

The International Plan is a challenging undergraduate academic program aimed at developing a student's global competence within the context of his or her major. It is an optional degree-long program that integrates overseas experiences, language proficiency, and globally-focused coursework into any participating major at Georgia Tech. It builds on existing undergraduate degree requirements and international opportunities and is intended to be completed within the normal time frame of a four-year undergraduate degree. Completion of the International Plan is recognized by a designation on the student's diploma indicating a commitment to developing global competence as part of the degree, e.g., "B.S. in Electrical Engineering: International Plan."

A defining feature of the International Plan is coherence, which refers to the relationship between the destination(s) chosen to complete the international experiences, the language chosen to satisfy the language requirement, and the appropriateness to the student’s discipline.  While some students’ plans are inherently coherent though language and culture, other students may choose to structure their plan with an intellectually coherent approach. The program is designed to give students a deep understanding of another culture so that they develop strong intercultural skills that will help them function effectively in a global environment. Students are encouraged to think strategically about their academic and international experience choices with the guidance of their advisors.

In order to earn the International Plan designation in a participating major, students will complete the following components:

  1. Globally-focused coursework: complete three courses, to include one from each of the following categories:
    1. International relations
    2. A course about the country or region of the overseas experience
    3. Global economics
  2. International Experience: Two terms abroad (at least twenty-six weeks) engaged in any combination of study abroad, research, and/or internship. International Experiences for the International Plan must be approved by the International Plan staff as well as the major IP faculty representative.
  3. Second language proficiency: At a minimum, students in the program are expected to demonstrate proficiency equivalent to two years of college-level language study. An optional Language Proficiency Distinction is available to students who demonstrate more advanced oral proficiency skills.
  4. Culminating Course: A capstone course in the major designed to tie the international studies and experiences together with the student's discipline.
  5. Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7

For additional information about the International Plan visit https://oie.gatech.edu/content/international-plan.

International Relations - International Plan Electives

Course HUM SS Ethics
HTS 2037 X
HTS 2062 X
HTS 2100 X X
HTS 3012 X
HTS 3055 X
HTS 3066 X
HTS 3067 X
INTA 1110 X
INTA 2030 X X
INTA 2040 X
INTA 2042 X
INTA 2100 X
INTA 2120 X
INTA 2210 X
INTA 3031 X
INTA 3044 X
INTA 3050 X
INTA 3102 X
INTA 3103 X
INTA 3773 X
INTA 4050 X
INTA 4060 X
INTA 4241 X
PUBP 3600 X X

Country or Regional - International Plan Electives

Course HUM SS Ethics
ARBC 2301 X
ARBC 3691 X
ARBC 3692 X
ARBC 3693 X
ARCH 4113 X
ARCH 4123
ARCH 4125
ARCH 4126 X
ARCH 4128 X
CHIN 3692 X
CHIN 3696
CHIN 4006 X
CHIN 4500 X
COA 3115 X
COA 3116 X
FREN 3001 X
FREN 3002 X
FREN 3004 X
FREN 3011 X
FREN 3012 X
FREN 3061 X
FREN 3062 X
FREN 3691 X
FREN 3692 X
FREN 3693 X
FREN 3694 X
FREN 4061 X
FREN 4062 X
FREN 4101 X
FREN 4102 X
FREN 4241 X
FREN 4242 X
FREN 4500 X
GRMN 3071 X
GRMN 3695 X
GRMN 3696 X
GRMN 3697 X
GRMN 4010 X
GRMN 4012 X
GRMN 4023 x
GRMN 4024 X
GRMN 4025 X
GRMN 4026 X
GRMN 4027
GRMN 4061 X
GRMN 4065 X
GRMN 4500 X
GRMN 4692
GRMN 4694 X
HTS 1031 X
HTS 2036 X
HTS 2040 X
HTS 2041 X
HTS 2051 X
HTS 2061 X
HTS 3030 X
HTS 3031 X
HTS 3032 X
HTS 3033 X
HTS 3035 X
HTS 3036 X
HTS 3038 X
HTS 3039 X
HTS 3041 X
HTS 3043 X
HTS 3045 X
HTS 3046 X
HTS 3051 X
HTS 3061 X
HTS 3062 X
HTS 3063 X
HTS 3069 X
ID 4203
ID 4205
INTA 2220 X
INTA 2221 X
INTA 2230 X
INTA 2241 X
INTA 2260 X
INTA 3120 X
INTA 3121 X
INTA 3130 X
INTA 3131 X
INTA 3203 X
INTA 3220 X
INTA 3221 X
INTA 3223 X
INTA 3230 X
INTA 3231 X
INTA 3240 X
INTA 3241 X
INTA 3243 X
INTA 3260
INTA 3330 X
INTA 3331 X
INTA 4121 X
INTA 4240 X
INTA 4331 X
INTA 4332 X
INTA 4333 X
INTA 4743 X
JAPN 3061 X
JAPN 3691 X
JAPN 3692 X
JAPN 3693 X
JAPN 4123 X
JAPN 4143 X
JAPN 4163 X
JAPN 4165 X
JAPN 4173 X
JAPN 4500 X
JAPN 4743 X
KOR 3691 X
KOR 3692 X
KOR 3693 X
LMC 3102 X
LMC 3104 X
LMC 3106 X
LMC 3212 X
LMC 3302 X
LMC 3316 X
LMC 3518 X
RUSS 3222 X
RUSS 3691 X
RUSS 3692 X
RUSS 3698 X
RUSS 4500
RUSS 4692
RUSS 4693
SPAN 3050 X
SPAN 3061 X
SPAN 3062 X
SPAN 3064 X
SPAN 3122 X
SPAN 3211 X
SPAN 3235 X
SPAN 3241 X
SPAN 3242 X
SPAN 3254 X
SPAN 3260 X
SPAN 3500 X
SPAN 3592
SPAN 3690
SPAN 3691 X
SPAN 3692 X
SPAN 3693 X
SPAN 3694 X
SPAN 4061 X
SPAN 4062 X
SPAN 4101 X
SPAN 4160 X
SPAN 4165 X
SPAN 4170 X
SPAN 4220 X
SPAN 4235 X
SPAN 4236 X
SPAN 4242 X
SPAN 4255 X
SPAN 4350 X
SPAN 4400 X
SPAN 4500 X

Global Economics - International Plan Electives

Course HUM SS Ethics
ECON 2101 X
ECON 4311 X
ECON 4350 X
ECON 4411 X
ECON 4415 X
HTS 3064 X
INTA 2050 X
INTA 3301 X
INTA 3303 X
INTA 3304 X
INTA 3321 X
INTA 4230 X
INTA 4330 X
INTA 4340 X
MGT 3660

Culminating Course - International Plan Capstone

The IP Capstone is commonly integrated into the major’s senior design/seminar course. Be sure to enroll in the appropriate course and section for your major as listed below. See your major’s IP faculty representative for additional information and instructions.

Major Course Number
Aerospace Engineering AE 4350/AE 4351 - IP or AE 4356/AE 4357 - IP or AE 4358/AE 4357 - IP
Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies CHIN 4500/FREN 4500/GRMN 4500/JAPN 4500/RUSS 4500/SPAN 4500
Architecture ARCH 4012R
Biochemistry CHEM 4699 - IP
Biology BIOL 4699 - IP or BIOL 4590 or BIOL 4690 or BIOL 4910
Biomedical Engineering BMED 4600/BMED 4601 - IP
Civil and Environmental Engineering CEE 4090 - IP
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering CHBE 4520 - IP
Chemistry CHEM 4699 - IP
Computer Science Option 1: CS 4901 - IP plus 4XXX (crs taken abroad) - IP section
Option 2: CS 4001 - IP or CS 4002 - IP
Option 3: CS 4911 - IP
Option 4: INTA 4500 (Global Citizenship section only; taught by Dr. Birchfield)
Computational Media See IP Faculty Representative
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences See IP Faculty Representative
Electrical and Computer Engineering ECE 4012 - IP
Economics See IP Faculty Representative
Economics and International Affairs See IP Faculty Representatives
Global Economics and Modern Languages CHIN 4500/FREN 4500/GRMN 4500/JAPN 4500/RUSS 4500/SPAN 4500
History, Technology, and Society HTS 4091
International Affairs INTA 4500 - IP
International Affairs and Modern Languages CHIN 4500/FREN 4500/GRMN 4500/JAPN 4500/RUSS 4500/SPAN 4500
Industrial Design ID 4012 - IP
Industrial and Systems ISYE 4106 - IP
Literature, Media, and Communication LMC 4100/LMC 4200/LMC 4300/LMC 4400/ or LMC 4500 - IP or LMC 4102 - IP
Mechanical Engineering ME 4182 - IP or GT 4823
Business Administration MGT 4195 - IP
Psychology See IP Faculty Representative