International Programs

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Engineering is a global profession, and good engineers have the ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-national environments. Most large corporations have divisions all across the world, so many engineers work in international venues. Georgia Tech prepares students for the global aspects of engineering by offering two types of study abroad experiences: exchange programs and faculty-led programs. Exchange programs offer students the ability to attend classes offered by one of our partner institutions. There are over 100 such programs offering general and theme-based education that can fulfill the core course requirements, such as humanities, or the requirements of a minor. For targeted education in ECE, the Office of International Education recommends a select number of schools:

  • TU Munich
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • University of New South Wales
  • Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Valencia Spain)
  • Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • University College London
  • University College Dublin
  • American University in Dubai
  • Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey)

Faculty-led programs provide a more structured experience where a group of Georgia Tech students take Georgia Tech classes together while in a foreign environment. Georgia Tech faculty and staff organize and lead the programs. Examples include the Georgia Tech China Summer Program and Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL). ECE faculty regularly teach ECE core 2000-level and 3000-level classes at GTL. 

ECE undergraduate students may participate in the following international programs: 

Established as Georgia Institute of Technology’s first international campus in 1990 in Metz, France, Georgia Tech-Lorraine is:

  • A highly innovative institution offering year-round undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. programs
  • Home to a strong sponsored research program through the GT-CNRS Unité Mixte Internationale 2958 (UMI), an international joint laboratory between Georgia Tech and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • Operator of the Lafayette Institute, an international open-innovation center
  • Fully integrated into French and American structures: an affiliate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and incorporated under French law

For more information, contact Yves Berthelot, Georgia Tech Lorraine's president; or Sandra Song, director of communications at 404-385-1865 or visit the Georgia Tech Lorraine website.

Undergraduate students may earn either a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering from Georgia Tech in tandem with the bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). While in the dual undergraduate degree program, students spend two years each at both Georgia Tech and KAIST. For more information, visit the Georgia Tech-KAIST dual degree program website.

The Office of International Education (OIE) is staffed with professionals that provide guidance about other international study abroad opportunities offered at Georgia Tech. If you choose a program that offers electrical engineering or computer engineering courses, the School of ECE will work with you to determine how the credits will apply to your degree.

Students may pursue semester-long or year-long international programs through OIE’s Study Abroad Program. For more information, view the list of Georgia Tech Semester Programs on the OIE website.

Options for international summer programs may also be found on the OIE Study Abroad Program website. For more information, visit the list of Georgia Tech Summer Programs.

The Work Abroad program is a resource for co-op, internship, undergraduate, and graduate job opportunities at companies around the world. These international work experiences are designed for the ultimate experience to include practical training, cross-cultural exposure and learning, and acquisition of the softer skills that are important both professionally and personally in another culture. For more information, visit the Work Abroad website.

Launched in fall 2005, the International Plan is a challenging and coherent academic program that develops global competence within the context of an undergraduate student's major and can include any of the above-listed international programs. It is a degree-long program that integrates international studies and experiences into any of the participating majors at Georgia Tech, including electrical engineering and computer engineering. Not intended as an add-on to current degree programs, the International Plan is another curriculum path to earn a degree in which international competence is integrated into the program of study. Students enrolled in this plan who successfully complete a degree program will have an International Plan designation indicated on their diplomas. For more information, visit the International Plan website.


Last revised October 14, 2015