If you’re already an established student at GT and have discovered that you’d like to make global education a central component of your degree, you are still welcome to apply to the International Plan! Below are some things to consider before joining:
- Previously Earned 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, if you’ve already earned or transferred in a significant amount of credit, you may find that you will need to take additional SS or HUM courses to satisfy IP requirements. Sometimes, though, courses that you’ve already taken may actually count for the IP without you even being aware of it. It is best to consult with the IP Manager in OIE to see how the IP requirements fit into the courses you’ve already taken and have left to take.
Previous Study/Work Abroad Experience – If you have already gone abroad on a GT study abroad program or international internship, you may seek approval to have this time abroad count for the IP overseas experience requirement. However, it would need to fit into a coherent plan based on your major, foreign language, and any future terms abroad.
Committing to Spending at least Two Terms/Six Months Abroad - IP students are required to spend a minimum of 26 weeks abroad, and this must include at least one fall/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 either 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.
GPA – As an established GT student, you must have at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA to be considered for admission to the IP. You must also maintain a 2.7 cumulative GPA to remain in good standing with the IP.
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!