A hallmark of the Grinnell-in-London program is that courses are carefully planned to take regular advantage of London, and occasionally the surrounding region, as a classroom.

The program typically offers a variety of field trips, both in and around London, as well as elsewhere in the UK and possibly continental Europe.

In addition, Grinnell-in-London courses typically include in-class site visits to museums, galleries, and neighborhoods as well as curricular and co-curricular theatre performances and guest speakers.