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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program by Theme: Arts, Media & Music, Liberal Education Language of Study: English
Click here for a definition of this term Campus Program Advisor: Shuchi Kapila, Xavier Escandell OCS Contact: Alicia Stanley
Min. GPA: 3.0 Housing: Apartment, Dorm
Program Description:

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Overview - The City As Your Classroom

As a Grinnell-in-London student, you take a semester of rigorous, engaging courses in a variety of disciplines, delving into Britain’s rich culture in one of the world’s great cities.

Grinnell-in-London offers students and faculty who teach on the program the opportunity to learn as a community about this dynamic place, its history, and its people through a careful selection of courses, opportunities for cultural integration, and co-curricular activities. All students take a core cultural course and one or two courses offered by a rotating pair of Grinnell faculty. These courses are tailored to utilize London as a site and appeal to a range of students across majors. In addition, students directly enroll in one or two local universities. The Fall 2019 guest Grinnell faculty is Ross Haenfler.

Fall 2020 Program Courses

Core Cultural Course co-taught by Grinnell faculty; required for all students (4 credits)
Grinnell courses; at least one required (each capped at 15 students): 

  • Politics of Border-Making in Instances of Cultural and Institutional Turmoil - Associate Professor of Anthropology Xavier Escandell (4 credits)

  • Writing Diaspora: South Asia & the Caribbean in the U.K. - Professor of English, Shuchi Kapila (4 credits)
Local university course(s) at Queen Mary or City University; one or two depending on how many Grinnell courses being taken (4 credits each):

Queen Mary
  • Be sure to filter by Associate student modules (i.e. courses), as these are available to visiting students.
  • Keep an eye out for modules marked Queen Mary Model Modules. These courses are specially designed to build knowledge, skills and experience related to networking, interdisciplinary learning, international perspectives, or enterprising perspectives.
  • Some modules carry an additional charge for required field trips or labs, and those charges will be your responsibility.  Please review your syllabi before signing up for modules, and check with your professor during the add/drop period about potential additional charges. If you do not wish to pay those charges, we suggest selecting an alternate module during the add/drop period.
  • Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
  • Level 6 Advanced/honors courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses. These are often not available to study abroad students.
Associate students selecting DRA modules at levels 5 and 6 must have experience of related subjects in the arts and humanities at university level. Courses have limited availability. If you are planning to take courses in this school, please return your course preference form as soon as possible.
School of Economics and Finance restrict all level 5 and 6 modules to students with Economics and Finance majors only. A mathematics prerequisite (equivalent of A-level maths, including calculus) is required for level 4 ECN modules. 
City University
City has restrictions for certain departments:
This subject relies on a high level of proficiency in mathematics, statistics, economics and computing; courses are generally open to actuarial science or similar majors only.

Courses are available to related majors only. Semester students may choose from a limited list of modules that are assessed by courework only. Academic year students may select from the full list.

ENGINEERING – N/A for Grinnell students
Courses are available for full year study only, and only to engineering majors.

JOURNALISM – N/A for Grinnell students
Limited spaces are available. Students should be majors in journalism and have a significant concentration in journalism or a closely related subject.

Restricted to academic year students.

Open to music majors only.

Excited by all that London has to offer?  To explore further, click on the links:

Time Out London 
British Museum
National Gallery
Tate Modern
Science Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum


Students are housed in modern student apartment accommodations in central London within a 30-45 minute commute by public transport from the classroom.

APPLICATION DUE DATE:  December 5 (early); February 1 (final). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the program is capped at 28 students so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Requirements: Students are required to have a GPA of 2.75, be a 2nd, 3rd or 1st semester 4th year student, be in good academic standing and have a good disciplinary record.

Tentative Program Start Date:
September 1, 2020

This program is currently not accepting applications.