GTE Academic Requirements

FYSA Georgia Tech-Europe

Academic Requirements


ATL: 3 Hrs

GT 1000: First-Year Seminar (1 credit; required). This section will also include cultural enrichment content to prepare for GTE.
APPH 1040: Scientific Foundations of Health (2 credits; required).


GTE: 12-15 Hrs


GTE 2000: Metz – Gateway to France and Europe (1 credit, required).

ENGL 1101 or 1102: Composition I or II (3 credits; required).  Students who have prior credit for 1101 from AP, IB or dual enrollment will take 1102.

MATH 1551: Differential Calculus, MATH 1552: Integral Calculus, or 1554: Linear Algebra (3 credits). 

CS 1301: Introduction to Computing, CS 1331: Introduction to Object Oriented Programming, or CS 1371: Computing for Engineers (3 credits). 

Additional course offerings may include the following: FREN 1001; 1002; 2001; 3120; or 3501 (3 credits).

FYSA students may take other courses offered at GTE that fit their degree requirements. For more information about GTE course offerings, including syllabi and textbook requirements, visit:

Please Note:

Course selection will be done in consultation with the student’s major academic advisor to ensure the appropriate courses are taken. College of Design students must speak with their academic advisor prior to determining if they can attend FYSA.


ATL: 12-15 Hrs

Students will be advised by their major advisor on appropriate course schedule and credit hours for spring, based on courses completed in summer and fall.

GTE 2000 Course Requirement and Program Travel/Excursions

As the only required class that is common to the entire FYSA@GTE cohort, GTE 2000 is the cornerstone of this FYSA track. Building on concepts introduced in the summer-session GT 1000 course—such as intercultural sensitivity, mindful learning, empathy, and global citizenship—this course challenges students to reflect on the meaning of place, culture, and historical context. GTE 2000 is designed to enhance the experience of living and learning in France and the European Union.

During the first half of the semester, GTE 2000 will integrate classroom and experiential learning with group travel excursions in Western Europe. Visiting museums and historical sites, on detailed guided tours, and more, students will travel with FYSA faculty each weekend. Excursions will deepen students’ awareness of the significance of Metz and the Grand Est region to postwar European construction. A highlight will be a 4-day weekend trip to Paris for exploring the many facets of French identity.

During the second half of the semester, students will continue meeting in class, and they will prepare for a week-long, guided excursion taking place during the Fall Break. For more on the Fall Break Excursions, see Travel/Excursions.

The FYSA Faculty Director teaches GTE 2000, with guest instruction by a Georgia Tech-Europe French professor and guest speakers from the GTE community. GTE 2000 is also an important opportunity for community building and bonding between the students, a chance to learn alongside a globally minded cohort.