Policies covered:Appealing a Decision
Canceling your plans
U.S. State Department Travel Advisories
Petitions for programs or semesters not listed under Programs as well as petitions to study off-campus for an academic year.
- academic performance
- rationale essay for studying off campus
- program selection
- faculty recommendations
- requests for revisions of a specified part of the application, such as the essay
- academic progress and GPA requirements
- final approvals from the Committee on Academic Standing to study off campus in the final semester
- A course load of 12 to 18 credits is necessary to be a full time enrolled student. You are expected to take a full course load as defined by your program or Grinnell College, which is generally 15 to 18 credits.
- Students who take a load of 15 to 18 credits generally integrate better into the program, and can take full advantage of what Grinnell hopes a student will get out of the program when the student is approved for it by the College.
- As a condition of a student’s eligibility and approval for an off-campus program, students are expected to either study the language of the host country or take courses taught in the language of the host country, if offered by the program and not the student’s native language. This standard applies whether or not language study is required by the program. Students are also expected to take advantage of at least one course that helps them learn more about the host culture and country.
- Credits are evaluated according to the grading and credit system on your off campus program.
- Course credit listed in program information is usually equivalent to the Grinnell credit. However, credits from programs on the unit system (1 credit per course) will be converted into 4 semester-credits on the Grinnell College transcript. Many programs operating on the same semester-credit system as Grinnell offer only 3 credits per course or 15 credits for the semester for 5 courses.
- Transferring over 18 credits will be assessed an overload charge.
- An official transcript issued by an accredited institution or a program partner with a School of Record is required for credit to transfer.
- Note: Off-campus study credits do not count towards the 24 credit maximum for transfer credits.
Courses count as general credit towards graduation, unless approved to count towards the major.
• Credit will be given for liberal arts coursework consistent with Grinnell offerings. Non-liberal arts courses such as marketing, journalism, tourism, fashion or design, basic photography, and food tasting, will not be given credit transfer.
• Individual academic departments and concentrations determine their own policies for accepting off-campus program credits. Approval is on a course-by-course basis. It may be granted in advance, on the basis of the course description and syllabus, or determined after your return to campus, based on course materials that you bring back and your own academic work. Some departments do not approve off-campus credit to count towards the major or limit it to certain kinds of courses. If you have obtained the signature of a faculty member or department chair on your OCS Proposed Courses form that it will count towards your major or concentration, the Registrar's Office will process it automatically. The Registrar's Office will also accept an email from a faculty adviser authorizing major credit.
- Non-Grinnell programs:
- grade and credits for courses in which you earn a "C" or above will appear on your transcript.
- grades for courses below "C" will also appear but no credit will be transferred.
- grades are not calculated into your GPA.
- Grinnell in London or Grinnell in Washington:
- grades and credits will appear on your transcript and are calculated into your GPA.
- Courses may not be taken pass/fail or as an incomplete, regardless of individual program policy.