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:
- Globally-focused coursework: complete three courses, to include one from each of the following categories:
- International relations
- A course about the country or region of the overseas experience
- Global economics
- 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.
- 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.
- Culminating Course: A capstone course in the major designed to tie the international studies and experiences together with the student's discipline.
- 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
Country or Regional - International Plan Electives
Global Economics - International Plan Electives
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.
|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||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|