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Apply for Grinnell Approval

How to Apply

1. Explore the program options available under the Program Search tab.  Consider how particular programs fit into your academic goals. 

2. Talk with your Academic Adviser about how programs best meet your rationale for studying off campus and how off-campus courses fit into your four-year plan.

3. Discuss the range of options with one of the Global Envoys or Off-Campus Study staff members.

4. Meet with the Campus Program Adviser(s) to find out more about the program and decide if it will be a good fit for you. Each program has a Campus Program Adviser listed in the Fact Sheet area. Be sure to read the instructions on the form before your meeting.  

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5. The following components will be part of your online application:
  • The Campus Program Adviser must sign the Campus Program Adviser Form to indicate that you have spoken to them about the program. 
Declared major – The form must be signed by your academic adviser after reviewing your OCS proposed course AND a 4-year plan.
Undeclared – The form must be signed by your current academic adviser only after that adviser AND a faculty member in your intended major department have reviewed your 4-year plan. You do not need to submit your 4-year plan in your application.
Double majors - If you have declared/intend to declare a double-major, obtain signatures of your primary academic adviser after faculty members from both departments have reviewed your 4-year plan.
Concentration credits – For OCS courses to count towards the concentration, signature approval from the concentration adviser is needed.
NOTE: You do not need to submit your 4-year plan in your OCS application. This step is to ensure you can graduate in 4 years. Only liberal arts-based coursework is eligible for transfer credit.
  • Reflection prompts:
Academic and Learning Goals
Please review “Choosing a Program” on the OCS website and Grinnell College’s Global Education Learning Goals on the website of the Institute for Global Engagement. Bullet list 1 or 2 of your academic goals for your off-campus study experience and 1 Grinnell Global Education Learning Goal that is the most important to you in selecting the program that you are proposing in this application. (approximately 100-150 words)
Other Goals 
Considering some of the factors discussed in “Choosing a Program,” please share any pre-professional and/or personal objectives not directly related to your academic goals for the experience. [approximately 100-150 words]
Describe how the program will help you meet those academic and learning goals, providing specific examples of the courses you think you’d like to take as well as any community engagement opportunities you may pursue (research, internship, service-learning, homestay, etc.).. [approximately 200-250 words]
Discuss ways in which your overall learning experience while off campus may connect to your studies and life when you return or your potential plans after graduation. Among other things, are there ways you could imagine sharing your experiences with the Grinnell College community? [approximately 150-200 words]
Based on what you have already learned about the region, country and/or host populations, what do you expect is the most important thing for you to know to adapt successfully? What do you expect is the most important thing for you to anticipate the local population’s perceptions of who you are?  What kinds of behavior or actions do you think will positively impact the host community for the time that you are there, and also help you better understand your position in the world through their eyes? [approximately 200-250 words]
  • Recommendation forms: Students should meet with faculty prior to inputting their name into the system. The system will generate an email request for the recommender to fill out an online form within the student's application. You must put in names before submitting your entire application.
  • Recommendations must be from two faculty members from whom you’ve taken a class. They don't have to be professors in your major or intended major department. One recommendation may be from your adviser.
  • Discuss recommendations at least 7 days prior to the application due date as a courtesy. The system will send out an email and you should advise the faculty member that they will be receiving it.
  • If you wish to apply for a year off campus or to an alternative program, petitions are due November 15th and require a meeting prior to submittal.
  • If your program is located in a country where the language spoken is taught at Grinnell and more than 1 semester of language is required, one of your recommendations must come from a professor from that department.

6. Apply Now: After reviewing these components, you are ready to start an application. Using the Program Search, find your program. Click the Apply Now button. Use your Grinnell College login. Save your work frequently.  Do not submit items until completed. Required components are stored within the application and can be downloaded from and uploaded to it. You can return to the application anytime by using the Login button on the Home page.