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 their major. It is an optional degree-long program that integrates overseas experiences, language proficiency, and globally-focused coursework into any participating major. It builds on existing undergraduate degree requirements and international opportunities, and it 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, e.g., "B.S. in Electrical Engineering: International Plan."
A defining feature of the International Plan is coherence. Coherence refers to the connection 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 through language, other students may link the elements of their Plan through academic and/or professional topics, creating “intellectual” coherence. 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 and seek guidance from their advisors.
In order to earn the International Plan designation in a participating major, students will complete the following components:
- Globally-Focused Coursework: Complete three courses, one from each of the following categories. Only one 1000-level course may be used to satisfy globally-focused coursework requirements.
- International relations
- A course about the country or region of the overseas experience
- Global economics
- International Experience: Complete two terms abroad (at least 26 weeks) engaged in any combination of study, research, and/or internship. International experiences for the International Plan must be approved by the International Plan staff and the major IP faculty representative.
- Second Language Proficiency: Demonstrate proficiency equivalent to four semesters of college-level language study. An optional Language Proficiency Distinction is available to students who demonstrate more advanced oral proficiency skills.
- Culminating Course: Complete a major-specific capstone course designed to tie the international studies and experiences together with the student's discipline.
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 upon entrance to and graduation from the International Plan
For additional information about the International Plan visit https://oie.gatech.edu/content/international-plan.
International Relations - International Plan Electives
Country or Regional - International Plan Electives
Global Economics - International Plan Electives
Culminating Course - International Plan Capstone
The IP Capstone is integrated into the major’s senior design/seminar course. Students should enroll in the appropriate course and section for their major as listed below. Major IP faculty representatives can provide additional information and instructions
|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|
|Biochemistry||CHEM 4699 - IP|
|Biology||BIOS 4699 - IP or BIOS 4590 or BIOS 4690 or BIOS 4910|
|Biomedical Engineering||BMED 4600/BMED 4601 - IP|
|BMED 4602 and BMED 4873|
|Business Administration||MGT 3659|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering||CEE 4090 - IP|
|Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering||CHBE 4520-IP or CHBE 4530-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 ME 4723|
|Psychology||See IP Faculty Representative|