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Application Process Overview

Downward view of ocean terrace with bright tables and chairs in Spain

photo by Peter Zelles '20

Step One - Grinnell Approval to Study Off Campus


The application process will open during Fall Break for applications for the next year. Read Apply for Grinnell Approval before you begin the application online. Begin preparing the application components early enough so that you have time to schedule meetings with advisers. Review the OCS Pre-Application Checklist before you begin an application online. Select your first choice program and use the Apply Now button. Use your Grinnell College login credentials. Submit only one application. You will be asked to indicate your second choices in your application.

Due Date

Applications close on December 5, 2017.
Note: Grinnell in London (Grinnell in Washington operations suspended for Fall 2016 and 2017) has a one step direct online application due on February 1, 2018.

Notifications of application status will be sent mid-February.

Step Two - Direct Program Application After Grinnell Approval


After you receive approval from Grinnell to study off campus, you apply directly to the program for which you have been approved. Program websites provide online or paper applications and instructions.

Due Date

Program dependent. Note: You will need to provide the official program application due date in your application to Grinnell. Due dates can be found on program websites; use this year's deadlines if your term's deadline has not yet been posted.

  • Fall semester program due dates are usually in March or April.
  • Spring semester program due dates are usually in September or October.