Grinnell wants you to discover the world—both in your on-campus courses and in off-campus study (sometimes referred to as study abroad). The College places no limits on the amount of students who can go abroad in any given year, and it provides the same financial aid for off-campus study as for on-campus study. That means you can go abroad without taking out tons of student loans or worrying that there’s a fixed “quota” of spots for going to a certain country.

In fact, there’s such a culture of off-campus study at Grinnell that you’ll probably start planning for it in your First-Year Tutorial. Your adviser will tell you how you can complete any major, or prepare for any post-graduate degree (medical school, for example), and still go abroad for a semester. You might hear one of your professors talk about the options for spending a semester in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East. You’ll probably meet a Grinnell student who’s just gotten back from Botswana, or India, or Denmark.

Grinnell students also go abroad to do summer internships or to complete research for a Mentored Advanced Project. International travel is woven into the Grinnell curriculum, so that courses taken on a Grinnell-approved program will receive college credit. There are even some Grinnell courses that include foreign travel as part of the work for the course.

If you want to spend a semester abroad, Grinnell will make it possible.


  • Nearly 60% of all Grinnell students spend a semester off-campus at some point during their college career.
  • Grinnell has approved programs in every continent of the world—except Antarctica!
  • Some of the recent projects that students have completed abroad include research on individuals with disability in Sri Lanka, research on the representation of women in Gothic art, and research on European policies regarding healthcare and agriculture.