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Global Learning Program

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The Global Learning Program (GLP) tutorials began specifically as first-year student experiences that take place during the spring semester. Now, the GLP has expanded to include upper-level courses as well, but the offerings change each year. These experiences explore specific themes on global issues. Courses are interdisciplinary and taught by a pair of Grinnell faculty. Travel takes place during a period of the academic recess such as Spring Break and/or in May after the spring semester ends. These global experiences are typically in two or more countries, regions, or ecosystems and a total of more than three weeks!

Most costs such as travel, lodging, and program components will be covered
. Participants are required to pay for some meals as well as a participation fee which is required. The participation fee will be added to the student tuition bill. Please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss loan options to cover this additional cost for attendance.



The first-year GLP tutorials have no prerequisites.


There is one obligatory program fee, charged to participant’s account, and based on student need. The GLP is heavily subsidized, so generous scholarships are available. The program is geared toward first-years who have not had many opportunities to travel.


The course is one semester long and the global site visits total about three weeks.

Time of year

The GLP on-campus portion takes place spring semester. The travels could take place at one time in the summer or be broken into multiple segments, such as for the duration of Grinnell’s two-week spring break, plus a summer portion.

On-Site Arrangements

 Depending on where you are in the world, these arrangements will vary.
  • Accommodations can include hostels, hotels, homestays, university residence halls, and apartments.
  • Ground transportation can be buses, trains, or taxis but a lot of the transportation is simply on foot. Pack your walking shoes!
  • Local visits while traveling are abundant. Outings in each location in the itinerary will be prescribed by your faculty leaders so that they complement the course theme and syllabus. You receive exposure not only to your faculty leaders’ expertise, but also to the host cultures’ native lecturers and experts.
Past courses offered.

For more information, contact Susie Duke, Acting Director of Grinnell-in-London and Associate Director of the Global Learning Program, at

Updated October 2020