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Off-Campus Study Planning Timeline

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By Month

May to September

Students are encouraged to discuss off-campus study with their tutorial advisers during their first year.


As a second year, Identify goals and interests.
Meet and discuss options with faculty, campus program advisers, peers and family.
Attend OCS meetings and the OCS Fair.


Narrow down programs to those that meet your goals and interests best.

October - Fall Break

Discuss your plans with family/guardians. 
Convincing Your Parents To Let You Study Abroad article
Ask a parent/guardian to read and sign the waiver forms.
A Parent Guide to Study Abroad
Una Guia Practica Para Estudiar en El Extranjero  
A Practical Parent's Guide to Study Abroad article
Discuss budgets and costs. Meet with Financial Aid.


Start the Pre-application Checklist.
Deadline for alternative program or year-long petitions.
Make appointments with faculty for recommendations or signatures.


Complete any items left on the online application.
Applications for approval to study off-campus are due in early December. Note: Grinnell-in-London application is due in February.
For programs with early deadlines, students will be notified by email whether or not they have conditional approval to apply to their program.


Decisions are sent out.
We encourage you to apply early to your program. Read how to apply to your program.