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Eligibility to Study Off Campus


1. Students study off campus during their third or fourth year.
  • Students wishing to study off campus in their final semester must submit a Committee on Academic Standing Petition 
  • Transfer students admitted as:
    • first or second year students are eligible in their third or fourth years
    • third-years are eligible only for Grinnell in London and Grinnell in Washington.

2. Good academic standing and satisfactory progress toward graduation.

Students failing to make normal progress, placed on strict academic probation, or suspended or dismissed from the College lose their approval to study off campus and remain liable for all program charges incurred up to that point. 
3. Minimum GPA

A cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 at the end of the semester the application for Grinnell approval to study off campus is submitted and maintained until off-campus study begins. If your cumulative GPA is below 2.75 but above 2.50, your application may be considered depending on individual circumstances.  Make an appointment with one of the OCS Directors to discuss your situation.
4. Completion of prerequisites

As required by Grinnell College and the program itself. Grinnell may set higher language prerequisites than the program requires or set prerequisites in addition to those required by the program. 
5.  Language Commitment

You are required to study the language of the host country or take a course taught in the language of the host country during the off-campus semester if it is offered by the program and not the student’s native language. This standard applies whether or not language study is required by the program itself. 
6. Academic Planning
  • A written rationale essay explaining how you plan to integrate your off-campus program with your four-year plan of study, including major, concentration and other areas of interest. 
  • Approval by your academic adviser(s), campus program adviser, and the Off- Campus Study Board of the proposed program, four-year plan, and rationale for studying off campus.
  • Strong faculty recommendations.  
7. Limit to OCS student numbers
Meeting the minimum standards of eligibility does not guarantee approval.  If there are an unusually large number of applications, the number of students approved to study off campus may be limited.  Selections will be made on a competitive basis based on the academic rationale, integration of program with on-campus studies, GPA, and faculty recommendations. 


Students presenting a compelling academic justification, supported by the academic adviser(s) and the campus program adviser, may request an exemption from an eligibility requirement in their application essay.