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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 will open in late September for applications for the following academic year. Read Apply for Grinnell Approval and the OCS Pre-Application Checklist before you begin the application online. Begin preparing application components early so that you have time to schedule meetings with advisers. Select your first choice program and use the "Apply Now" button, logging in with your Grinnell College login credentials. Submit only one application.

Due Date

Applications close on December 5, 2018.
Note: Grinnell-in-London has a one step direct online application due on February 1, 2019 (Grinnell-in-Washington operations suspended for Fall 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, apply directly to the program for which you have been approved as soon as possible. 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.