Global Opportunities at Georgia Tech

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In a recent study conducted by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, employers were asked to identify the top skills they look for when hiring college graduates. A staggering 96 percent of employers said they value “problem solving in diverse settings,” 83 percent said “teamwork skills in diverse settings,” and 78 percent said “intercultural skills and understanding of societies and cultures outside the US.” Georgia Tech has long been a leader in providing opportunities for students to experience other cultures, develop critical global competencies, and understand the global implications of their disciplines. The Office of International Education (OIE) is the central office on campus charged with spearheading Georgia Tech’s internationalization efforts. OIE is comprised of several units, including Education Abroad, Global Internship Program, and the International Plan, that offer opportunities for your student to add an international perspective to their education.

Education Abroad

Georgia Tech Study Abroad Programs span every continent and every academic discipline. OIE offers two main program types: exchanges abroad and faculty-led study abroad. Whether on an exchange program or faculty-led program, Tech students have a variety of ways to expand their horizons and develop intercultural competencies while earning their Georgia Tech degree. Additionally, students enrolled in a study abroad program can use their institutional financial aid for studying abroad, and most programs offer in-state tuition for all students. In addition, there are OIE administered scholarships (like the George Scholarship) and some national scholarships available specifically for students who are studying abroad.

To find more information on the many study abroad options, please visit:

Global Internship Program

The Global Internship Program (GIP) facilitates short-term overseas work experiences for Georgia Tech students. Global Internships are related to a student’s major and allow students to develop professional skills in a cross-cultural setting. They are full-time and can last from as short as 10 weeks to as long as one year. Students who are interested in interning abroad are encouraged to first gain domestic work experience, develop foreign language proficiency, and participate in an international experience, such as study abroad, in order to be a competitive candidate. GIP staff are available to help students navigate the job search process, cater their resumes to an international audience, and prepare for the overseas work experience.

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International Plan

The International Plan (IP) is Georgia Tech’s degree designation program for students interested in gaining a comprehensive global perspective of their major. Students in the IP must complete 26 (or more!) weeks abroad, take three globally-focused courses, become proficient in a foreign language, and incorporate an international element into their senior capstone course. Those that complete the IP requirements will have the International Plan designation on their Georgia Tech diploma and official transcript in addition to gaining a host of skills and experiences to help make them more marketable to employers and graduate school programs.

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We encourage you and your student to explore our programs. We have several events throughout the semester to help students. Below are the events that will kick the semester off and we hope that you’ll encourage your student to stop by!

Intern & Study Abroad Open House: Aug. 19-20 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Savant #308)

Swedish Fika (Coffee & Pastries):  Aug. 24, from 10 – 11 a.m. (Skiles Walkway)

Exchange Open House: Aug. 25, from 11 a.m. - noon (Savant #308)

International Plan Open House: Aug. 25, from 4 – 5 p.m. (Piedmont Room, Student Center)

Study Abroad Opportunities in Sweden Information Session: Aug. 26, from noon – 1 p.m. (Piedmont Room, Student Center)

International Plan Open House:  Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. - noon (Piedmont Room, Student Center)

Exchange Open House: Aug. 27, from noon – 1 p.m. (Piedmont Room, Student Center)

Study Abroad Fair: Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Student Center Ballroom)

German Day Career Fair: Oct. 6, from 2 – 4 p.m. (Student Success Center)

International Education Week: Nov. 16-20, 2015



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  • Created By:Sara Warner
  • Created:07/29/2015
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:10/07/2016


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