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Off-Campus Study Planning Timeline

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First Years

Students are encouraged to discuss off-campus study with their tutorial advisers during their first year.
Meet and discuss options with faculty, campus program advisers, peers and family.
Attend OCS meetings and the Global Opportunities Fair in September.

Second Years


Attend an OCS 101 Information Session and/or meet with a Global Envoy peer adviser. Meet with an OCS staff member as well as one or more Campus Program Advisers during the fall semester. Meet with the Office of Financial Aid to compare overall costs of programs with on-campus study, learn about scholarships, and discuss budgets.
Applications open the day of the Global Opportunities fair.
Narrow down programs to those that meet your goals and interests best.
Discuss your plans with family/guardians and them to read and sign the Grinnell application's waiver.

Convincing Your Parents To Let You Study Abroad article
A Parent Guide to Study Abroad
Una Guia Practica Para Estudiar en El Extranjero  
A Practical Parent's Guide to Study Abroad article


Deadline for requests to alternative program or year-long petitions.
Make appointments with faculty for recommendations and review of your OCS proposed courses and 4-year plan.


Complete any items left on the online application.
Rolling admissions mean that it is to your benefit to apply as early as possible.
Early decision deadline for applications is December 5, 2019. Some programs have early January 2020 deadlines such as ACM Japan Study and London School of Economics.The final deadline for Grinnell's approval to study off-campus is February 1, 2020.

We encourage you to apply early to your external program after obtaining Grinnell approval. Read how to apply to your program.

Updated September 2019