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Global Learning Program

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The Global Learning Program (GLP) – open to first year students only!
GLP courses are semester-long courses for first year students taught by an interdisciplinary pair of faculty. Selected participants--typically 15 students--explore a theme through the semester-long course and participate in site-based learning trips over spring break and in May as part of the course. GLPs are made possible thanks to generous support from Susie McCurry '71 and the Roland and Ruby Holden Foundation. Applications open in IGE’s application portal on September 5th, application deadline October 12, 2023.

Course fee: There is a $2,000 course fee for participating in Global Learning Program classes that will be added to the student’s bill during the first week of the semester. Scholarships are available for students who qualify for need-based financial aid at Grinnell and will be automatically provided in the amounts listed in the table below. If you have questions about your need level and scholarship eligibility, please contact Meg Jones at 

Need-based financial aid level  Course fee  Scholarship amount 
Net cost added to bill 
Students with very high need  $2,000  $2,000  $0 
Students with high need  $2,000  $1,500  $500 
Students with moderate need  $2,000  $1,000  $1,000 
Students with low need  $2,000  $500  $1,500 
Student with no need  $2,000  $0  $2,000 


The first-year GLP courses have no prerequisites.



The course is one semester long and the site-based learning travel components total about three weeks between two trips

Time of year

The GLP on-campus portion takes place spring semester. The travels takes place during a campus recess, usually with one trip over spring break one trip at the conclusion of spring semester in May.

On-Site Arrangements

Arrangements will vary.
  • Accommodations may include hotels, homestays, university residence halls, and apartments.
  • Ground transportation may include buses, trains, or taxis and a lot of the transportation is 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 to complement the course theme and syllabus.
Past courses offered.

For more information, contact Ashley Laux, Associate Director of the Faculty Led Learning Across the Globe, at

Updated August 2022