If you’re an incoming student to GT and would like to make global education a central component of your degree, you’re encouraged to apply to the International Plan! Below are some things to consider before joining:
- Timing – It is advised that you join the IP either the summer before your first year or during your first semester at Tech. That way, you will have the maximum amount of time to work on completing the various requirements. Although you can apply to the IP at any point during your undergraduate years, you will find that you can plan more effectively if you join the IP early on.
GPA – There is no GPA requirement to join the IP if you are an incoming student or in your first semester. After your first term, you must have at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA to be considered for admission and you must maintain a 2.7 to remain in good standing with the IP.
Committing to Spending at least Two Terms/Six Months Abroad – IP students are required to spend at least 26 weeks abroad, and this must include at least one fall or spring program. GT has many international opportunities to help you achieve this, but you need to start researching your options early so that you can devise a plan for your terms abroad that aligns with your personal and academic goals. We have created major-specific recommended international program options to help you determine your options.
Coherence and Immersion - Two of the main aspects that set the IP apart from the typical college study abroad experience are immersion and coherence. Students in the IP are encouraged to step outside of their comfort zones by participating in more culturally immersive and independent international experiences such as exchange programs, internships, and research for at least one of their terms abroad. Your two terms abroad should be coherent, which means that they are related to your IP language and/or to a specific aspect of your major. Coherence ensures that you have the opportunity to develop language proficiency, intercultural skills, and an in-depth look at your discipline in a global context.
Language proficiency – Students in the IP are required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to the 2002-level (i.e. four semesters of college-level study). Some IP students choose to continue studying the language they took in high school, while others will switch to a new language. It is advised that you research international opportunities in your specific discipline before deciding which language to pursue for the IP.
AP, IB, and Transfer Credit – The IP was designed to fit into the standard 8-semester plan for each undergraduate major and many IP requirements can double count for other major and degree requirements. However, it is important to discuss with an advisor how any AP, IB, or transfer credit may impact your IP progress.
Formal Recognition – The IP degree designation is noted on the diploma and transcript, giving formal recognition to a student’s commitment to making international education a core part of their GT degree. This is a unique opportunity to showcase your global involvement!
More information for interested students can be found here!