First-year students: In your fall semester, apply for the Global Learning Program.

Three first year Grinnell students at the Alcazar in Seville, Spain on the Global Learning Program

The Global Learning Program (GLP) Tutorials for first-year students and GLP Second-Year Seminar for second-year students are spring semester courses that explore specific themes on global issues. The courses are interdisciplinary, so you'll learn from a pair of Grinnell faculty from different disciplines on campus and travel with them during a period of academic recess. These offerings incorporate or culminate with these global experiences that take you to two or more countries, regions, or ecosystems for a total of 3+ weeks!

Port city of Ceuta, Spain students visiting village of Benzu on the border of Morocco.

Program Details

Cost – One obligatory $400 participation fee is charged to participant's account the month before the start of the spring semester.

Otherwise all flights, accommodations, ground transportation, visa fees (if necessary), and tours, entry fees, and course materials are covered. Most meals are also covered by the program, but you will be required to pay for at least one meal per day. Participants may want to allocate money for snacks and souvenirs, too.

Prerequisites – The first-year tutorials have no prerequisite, but the second-year seminars may include a language requirement.

Duration – The course is one semester long and the international visits total 3-4 weeks.

Time of year – The GLP on-campus portion takes place spring semester. The travels could take place at one time in the summer or be broken into multiple segments, such as for the duration of Grinnell’s two-week spring break, plus a summer portion.

On-Site Arrangements – Depending on where you are in the world, these arrangements will vary.

  • Accommodations can include hostels, hotels, homestays, university residence halls, and apartments.
  • Ground transportation can be buses, trains, or taxis but a lot of the transportation is simply on foot. Pack your walking shoes!
  • Local visits while traveling are abundant. Outings in each location in the itinerary will be prescribed by your faculty leaders so that they complement the course theme and syllabus. You receive exposure not only to your faculty leaders’ expertise, but also to the host cultures’ native lecturers and experts.

For more information, contact Susie Duke Program Coordinator in the Institute for Global Engagement.