The International Plan

2006 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Campus

Nomination submitted by: Howard A. Rollins, Jr., Director, Office of International Education

Program Overview 
In response to multiple obstacles to achieving global competence relevant to students’ majors, Georgia Institute of Technology created The International Plan, a comprehensive degree-long program integrated into students’ disciplinary studies. All six colleges and over fifty percent of majors are represented, with the five-year goal of ensuring that fifty percent of the student body has an international experience. International Plan students take required courses on the history and theory of international relations, global economics, and comparative studies of society and culture. To be recognized as International Plan graduates, students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency, participate in 26 weeks of immersive study abroad, and complete capstone academic projects that integrate international experience with knowledge of their disciplines.