All students admitted for the Summer Term must begin in iGniTe, unless they are admitted to Challenge or First-Year Semester Abroad. The summer term help students acclimate to campus, get a head start on classes, and meet fellow incoming students before the fall semester. Learn about the different summer programs below and compare the options.
|iGniTe Summer Launch Program||First-Year Semester Abroad (FYSA)||Challenge Program|
|About the Program||Students admitted to summer term are expected to begin in iGniTe unless they are admitted to FYSA or Challenge. iGniTe is your opportunity to get a head start on classes, learn the campus, and make friends! Students select from program tracks, attend events, and build relationships with their peers.||This innovative program leverages Georgia Tech’s global campuses and programs to provide a high-quality, experiential learning opportunity for incoming first-year students who wish to internationalize their college career right from the start.||Challenge is Georgia Tech's premiere, signature five-week summer residential program for academic advancement, professional development, and cultural exploration, hosted by the Office of Minority Educational Development (OMED).|
|Program Size||500+ students||100 students (50 per location)||150 students|
First-year students admitted to the fall or summer term are eligible to apply.
|Who is recommended for this program?||All incoming first-year students.||Students interested in gaining intercultural competency skills and global perspectives.||
|Location||Georgia Tech’s main Atlanta campus.||There are two location options for this program: Metz, France (at GT Lorraine, with field trips in France) or Oxford, England (with two travel courses in Europe).||Georgia Tech’s main Atlanta campus. Free on-campus housing is included.|
|Program Dates||June 22 - July 26
||June 25 - July 29|
|How many credit hours can be earned in this program?||6-7 credit hours (includes GT 1000 and two additional courses).||3 credit hours in the summer / 12-15 hours in the fall.||No degree credits will be earned through this program; only program credits toward monetary awards 1-2 hour audit credit and program GPA credit towards scholarships and stipends.|
|Grades||Grades earned during this program are permanent on your transcript.||Grades earned during this program are permanent on your transcript.||Grades will not affect institutional your GPA or financial aid awards. Challenge "grades" are for program credit and scholarship purposes only.
|Program Costs||Click here to review program costs. Note, some financial aid is applicable. Students should visit https://finaid.gatech.edu/apply/summer-first-year for more information.||Program charge + tuition and fees. Click here for details.||$500 program fee, plus 70% of summer meal costs. Click here for details.|
|Is financial aid available for this program?||Yes. Click here for instructions on how to apply for financial aid for the summer semester.||Yes. Click here for instructions on how to apply for financial aid for the summer semester.||No. However, program fee waivers are available (see "grades" above).|
|Are students eligible to also participate in a Learning Community?||Yes.||No.||Yes.|
|Video Overview||iGniTe overview||FYSA overview||Challenge overview|