Academic Plan

The academic plan is a major component of your application to the Global Bachelor’s Program. Proper care and consideration should go into developing your academic plan. While it is a living document that can change based on course availability and your interests, your academic plan lays out a road map that shows how you plan to complete the requirements for your degree, General Education requirements, and Global Bachelor’s Program requirements. It should also include information about where/when you plan to do your semesters abroad and whether or not you plan on doing an international summer internship in lieu of a third semester abroad.


Consult the following resources to help you craft your academic plan:

  1. The GW Bulletin - The GW Bulletin contains the requirements for your major(s) and minor(s). Your academic plan should include courses that will allow you to satisfy all the requirements of your intended major(s) and minor(s), if applicable
  2. List of Approved GPAC Courses - This resource lists all courses approved to satisfy University and CCAS General Education Requirements, often referred to as GPAC. Your academic plan should include courses that will allow you to satisfy all University and CCAS General Education Requirements. **Note: You should NOT plan to complete any General Education or GPAC courses while abroad.**
  3. Global Bachelor’s Program Requirements - Your academic plan should include all Global Bachelor’s Program requirements, including the three 1-credit cohort courses, at least one year of coursework in a foreign language, PSTD 3191 for Belfast students, and ECON 1011 (ECON 1012 is also advised) and ECON 2180 for Shanghai students
  4. Schedule of Classes - The Schedule of Classes can be helpful in determining where to put courses in your academic plan. For example, if a certain course seems to be offered in the fall semester, historically, you may want to plan on taking that course in a fall semester. In conjunction with the GW Bulletin, pay particular attention to prerequisites and course sequencing.
  5. Course Approval Transfer System (CATS) and the Pre-Approved Course List - Some courses at abroad locations have been pre-approved for transfer back to GW. You can use the CATS system and its Pre-Approved Course List to look up how courses at your proposed study abroad locations would transfer back to GW and factor into your academic plan as major/minor requirements or electives.
  6. Study Abroad Location Course Bulletins - For courses at your intended study abroad locations that aren’t pre-approved, you may find these listed in the Course Bulletin or Catalog at that institution.

Please submit your academic plan using the following template.


Academic Plan Template

Sample GBP Academic Plan


As a reminder, first drafts of all four-year plans must be submitted in advance to your POD Global Bachelor’s advisor to permit any necessary revisions. First drafts of academic plans that are not submitted by February 21st are not guaranteed review.