The Grinnell-in-London program ("GIL") takes place every fall semester in the Bloomsbury neighborhood of London's West End. It lies just down the street from the British Museum, home to the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, the Benin Bronzes, treasures of ancient Egypt, and much, much more. Bloomsbury is also a central location for several University of London campuses, and so the neighborhood is full of students. We share our facility with several other U.S. colleges and universities.
Our Resident Director, Dr. Donna Vinter, manages our London campus and has taught in the program for three decades. Each year she is joined by two Grinnell faculty who offer courses tailored to take advantage of London, Britain, and Europe. British professors teach courses in theatre, English, history, politics, and art that complement the featured courses offered by the Grinnell faculty.
The Grinnell-in-London semester is divided into two parts. During the nine-week Phase I, students take several courses. During the six-week Phase II, students either take one academic course, or they participate in a four-day per week internship supported by an internship seminar. Students return from GIL with a semester's worth of academic experience that not only integrates well into their overall Grinnell education, but informes their overall experience as a resident in one of the world's most dynamic and interesting cities.
Transportation, accommodation, and admissions costs are covered by the program for field trip participants. In addition, all students on the program receive tickets to West End theatre productions. Grinnell's Office of Financial Aid is committed to meeting student financial need related to the various costs of studying in London.