Each year, large numbers of Grinnell students, representing over 50 percent of every graduating class, are accepted into a wide range of off-campus study programs both abroad and elsewhere in the United States. Students study abroad throughout the world in Asia, Australia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In the United States, programs are available specializing in fine arts, science, social studies, humanities, and education. In addition, the College sponsors a one-semester study opportunity in England, the Grinnell-in-London fall program. In the United States, the Grinnell-in-Washington, D.C., program is offered in the fall semester. Participation is open to all qualified students, regardless of major, and possibilities for study exist in virtually all subject areas.
Off-Campus Study is an opportunity for students to broaden their liberal arts education and enhance their majors, concentrations, or other areas of academic interest. Although Grinnell recognizes that just being and studying in a new and challenging environment is a valuable learning experience, the College believes the opportunity will be even more enriching if closely integrated with coursework on campus. During the application process to study off campus, students will notice that great emphasis is placed on selecting an appropriate program compatible with their academic goals. The student will be working together with academic advisers and the Off-Campus Study Office to choose a program that supplements and enhances a Grinnell education. More detailed information on off-campus study appears in Courses of Study.