Your Academic Adviser
Since your program choice should be connected to your academic interests and four-year plan, you should start by talking with your academic adviser. Your adviser can help you decide whether studying off campus would be beneficial and may have suggestions about subjects you may wish to deepen and enhance. Advisers want to know which programs attract you and may also offer suggestions. If you have not declared, you should also seek advice from a professor within your intended major department about program choice and the best semester to participate.
Campus Program Advisers
A Program Adviser is assigned to every off-campus study program featured by Grinnell College. These advisers are very familiar with the programs they represent and can provide you with detailed program information as well as answering any questions you may have. A list of Program Advisers is provided in the back of the OCS Handbook.
Directors of Off-Campus Study
Richard Bright and Jonathan Larson are available to help you choose a program.
To make an appointment, send a message to ocs[at]grinnell[dot]edu, listing a range of times and days between 8:30 –11:00 and 1:30 - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are scheduled on the half-hour. Be sure to mention the program(s) you would like to discuss, as well as subject areas or parts of the world that interest you, and bring a copy of your four-year plan.
OCS Program Representatives
Most of the programs are offered in cooperation with other colleges and universities whose representatives are always pleased to answer questions by phone and email. In addition, a number of program representatives come to campus and hold program information meetings during the fall semester. The OCS Office will send you a regularly updated schedule of these meetings, and you are also welcome to talk with program representatives by getting in touch with the program; contact information is available on the OCS website.
Every semester, large numbers of Grinnell students return from studying off campus. Talking with returned students is essential to making an intelligent decision. You will find a list of past OCS students in the back of the OCS Handbook. You may wish to contact OCS programs directly to obtain contact information for recent non-Grinnell participants.
Grinnell College is fortunate to have a diverse student body from many parts of the world. International students may be able to provide you with valuable insights and information to help you in making a decision about where to study off campus. The Office of International Student Affairs can provide names of students from specified countries.