Off-Campus Study & Global Engagement
About 60% of Grinnellians study off-campus — either abroad or elsewhere in the U.S. — sometime during their four years at Grinnell. Through the Office of Off-Campus Study students can participate in the Grinnell-in-London program or in one of the 90 different semester and year-long programs in 30 countries operated by partner institutions. Some programs include credit-bearing internships, independent research, and service learning.
In addition, the Institute for Global Engagement offers a broad range of opportunities including the Global Learning Program for first- and second-year students, course-embedded travel at the 200- and 300-level, and programming through the Language Learning Center such as the Alternate Language Study Option (ALSO).
The College encourages all qualified students to participate in these experiences, and to begin planning for them early in their first year.
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa (PBK), the nation's oldest and largest academic honor society, fosters and recognizes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. PBK has a local chapter at Grinnell College called Beta of Iowa. Each spring semester the local chapter selects high achieving third-year and senior students and invites them to become members. These students not only have a very high GPA, but they have had a broad program of study from each of the three divisions of the College that specifically includes foreign language, mathematics, and lab science. To be eligible for consideration, students should carefully follow the Phi Beta Kappa requirements found in the academic catalog.