Why study abroad?
While the liberal arts curriculum encourages students to build interdisciplinary connections and step outside their comfort fields when selecting courses, the off-campus study experience takes this notion one step further. Off-campus study programs give students the opportunity to expand their horizons in a very real, on-the-ground way--whether it's through a language-immersion program in Spain (to complement your Spanish-Sociology double major!) or a development studies program in Ghana, the off-campus study experience brings to life what you learn inside the classroom. Approximately 60% of every graduating class studies abroad during their time at Grinnell. Feel free to read some student reflections on their experiences studying off-campus.
Below are listed some suggestions of OCS approved study abroad programs that sociology students are often interested. This is not a complete listing of all programs, so make sure to explore the OCS website for a full listing of programs offered and talk to students who've gone on those programs well.
International Development Focus
- Sri Lanka
- India (Delhi)
- India (Pune)
- India (Madurai)
- Ecuador (MSID)
- Ecuador (IES)
Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
- Costa Rica (Language, Society and the Environment--ACM)
- Costa Rica (Organization for Tropical Studies)
- Costa Rica (Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences & Humanities--ACM)
- South Africa (Cape Town--IES)
- South Africa (Organization for Tropical Studies)
- Tanzania (Ecology and Human Origins)
- Australia (North Queensland)