What do students have to do to earn the International Plan degree designation?
Please see the Requirements section of our Web site.
How can students satisfy the International Plan requirements?
International Plan requirements are satisfied with specialized courses within your major discipline and appropriate globally-focused electives. Each participating major has developed at least one sample curriculum showing how students could complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science with the International Plan. Students have a variety of options in terms of language study, location of international experience, and type of international experience for meeting IP requirements. Please seek advice from the IP faculty representative in your major or the IP Manager.
I am double majoring. Can I earn the IP in both majors?
Yes, double majors may apply to pursue the IP in one or both majors (if both participate). If accepted for both, students must have both units approve international experience(s) and must complete the capstone course for each major. All other requirements as indicated need only be fulfilled once.
I am interested in minoring in a language, the Global Engineering Leadership minor, and/or the Global Development minor. How do these minors work with the IP?
Students may use courses that count towards their minor for the IP globally-focused coursework requirement. For example, a student could use an approved upper-level language course for their Country/Region course requirement and their minor.
For the Global Engineering Leadership Minor, the required experience abroad can also count towards your 26 weeks abroad for the IP if it fits your coherency and is long enough in complement to your other term abroad.
For the Global Development Minor, the required INTA 2050 course is approved to count for the Global Economics course requirement and there are course options in the approved electives that can be used to fulfill the International Relations IP course requirement and/or the Country/Region IP course requirement. It is possible to take all 3 globally-focused IP courses as part of this minor.
I am interested in doing an internship abroad. How does that count toward the IP requirements?
Internships can be a great way to complete the part of all of your required weeks abroad. Please see the Global Internships and the IP page for more information.
What does International Plan mean to Employers
Prospective employers will see that you have taken an international perspective on your education and your career. Those who have studied abroad report improved employment opportunities, increased job satisfaction, higher salaries, and improved career advancement.
I will stay in my host country after my internship or study abroad program ends. Will this time count toward the twenty-six weeks of international experience?
No, time spent overseas before and after the official dates of your international experience do not count toward your IP program.
Do holidays that take place within the official period of the international experience count toward the IP?
Yes, standard holidays during your international experience count toward your time.
Can I count orientations and other special sessions toward my required weeks of international experience?
Yes, you can incorporate structured experiences before or after your official international experience into your plan, though that time must be approved in writing by the appropriate academic unit.
How will International Plan be noted on my transcript?
Students who complete the requirements for the International Plan and for their undergraduate major will be recognized by the designation "International Plan" on the transcript and diploma. For example, the diploma of a student majoring in mechanical engineering who completes the International Plan will read: "BS in Mechanical Engineering: International Plan."
What if I want to cancel my participation in the IP?
You can withdraw from the International Plan by completing the online cancelation form.