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Eligibility to Study Off Campus

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Eligibility Requirements

1. Students are eligible to study off campus during their third or fourth year.
  • Students wishing to study off campus during their final semester must submit a Committee on Academic Standing Petition and gain approval from the OCS faculty committee.  
  • Transfer students admitted as:
    • First or second year students are eligible in their third or fourth years
    • Third-years are eligible only for Grinnell-in-London and Grinnell-in-Washington
  • Students seeking to apply to an alternative program or spend the full-year on one or two programs must petition; see "Selecting an Off-Campus Study Program" for instructions.
2. Good Academic Standing and Satisfactory Progress Toward Graduation

Per the Student Handbook, "Good Academic Standing is defined as 1) making Normal Scholarly Progress toward the degree and 2) having no academic sanctions more severe than probation. Strict Probation or Suspension removes a student from Good Academic Standing." OCS approval granted to students who subsequently are placed on academic Warning or Probation may be revoked. Students who are placed on Strict Probation or suspended or dismissed from the College are not eligible to study off campus. In either case, students remain liable for any and all program charges incurred up to that point. 
3. Minimum GPA

A cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 at the end of the semester the application for Grinnell approval to study off campus is submitted and maintained until off-campus study begins. If your cumulative GPA is below 2.75 but above 2.50, your application may be considered depending on individual circumstances.  Schedule an appointment with the OCS Director to discuss your situation.

4. Good Conduct Standing (see "Disciplinary Records" in the Policies section)
5. Completion of Prerequisites

As required by Grinnell College and the program itself. Grinnell may set higher language prerequisites than the program requires.
6.  Language Commitment
You are required to study the language of the host country or take a course taught in the language of the host country during the off-campus semester if it is offered by the program and not your native language. This standard applies whether or not language study is required by the program itself. 
7. Academic Planning as part of the OCS Application

  • Short-answer essay responses addressing academic and learning goals.
  • Approval by your academic adviser(s) after reviewing your proposed program/courses and 4-year plan.
  • A strong faculty recommendation.  


Students presenting a compelling academic justification supported by their academic adviser(s), may request an exemption from an eligibility requirement. Contact the OCS Director to appeal.