Off-Campus Study programs exist in most regions of the world. You will find information on a very wide range of programs at www.grinnell.edu/offices/ocs.
The programs featured on the Off-Campus Study website have been carefully selected and are believed to represent some of the best opportunities available today in off-campus study. From among the broad academic and geographical diversity of options, most students should be able to identify a program well suited to their academic goals.
Types of Programs
Most programs offer you the opportunity to enhance your major, concentration, or other area of academic interest while broadening your liberal arts education by learning about another area of the world. In some programs, the courses offered are linked by a common theme, such as women’s studies, environmental studies, or global development studies. In others, coursework may be closely connected to a particular major such as biology or economics. Programs may be organized and operated by American educational institutions, universities abroad, or a combination of both in a cooperative arrangement. Formats vary from traditional classroom-based instruction to fieldwork, independent study, and internship.
It is important to note that off-campus study programs vary considerably in competitiveness. While some programs are highly competitive, accepting only students with higher G.P.A.s and specific course preparation, others may have more relaxed criteria for admission. Specific prerequisites and G.P.A. requirements are normally set out in the program information materials. Campus Program Advisers are also able to advise you regarding your eligibility for a particular program. Normally, Grinnell students apply to only one off-campus study program. Denial of admission to Grinnell students is rare because of the screening that takes place during the on-campus approval process.
Approval to attend yearlong programs is limited and is granted by the Off-Campus Study Board on a competitive basis to students demonstrating exceptional academic achievement, strong written rationale, and support for their plans from their major department. The Off-Campus Study Board gives preference to well-focused proposals designed to deepen the student’s knowledge of a single culture within the context of a single integrated program. Successful applications for yearlong approval normally involve a request to study in one program in one country.
Assessing the Importance of Off-Campus Study
You may already have a good idea about where and what you would like to study off campus. However, if you are just beginning to explore the possibilities, you should reflect seriously on what you are planning to do. Personally, at this point in your life and education, you are likely to be at the optimal point in your capacity to learn by living and studying in a new and challenging environment. Since an optimal point occurs by definition only once in a lifetime, and off-campus study may hold valuable personal, academic, and professional benefits, the careful choice of an appropriate program may well be one of the most important decisions you make during your college career.
Core Rationale for Off-Campus Study
Grinnell requires that you select a program compatible with your academic goals, which you will clearly set out in a four-year course-plan and written rationale for off-campus study. It is up to you to define your goals in consultation with your academic adviser. Since your choice of program must be linked to your academic objectives, you should begin by thinking about why you want to study off campus, i.e., your core rationale. Most students choose to link their off-campus study to their major or concentration while others may wish to use the experience to enhance their understanding of other subjects studied on campus.
Additional Objectives for Off-Campus Study
In addition to the core rationale described above, your choice of program may be partly determined by additional academic objectives you want to achieve. For example, you may wish to broaden your liberal arts education by studying a language or taking courses not offered at Grinnell. You may also have broader educational goals connected to the experience of living in another culture. The possibility of community service, fieldwork, or an internship might be an important consideration. Additional objectives such as these are important to consider along with your core rationale and will help in selecting a program that is right for you.
Campus Program Advisers
A Program Adviser is assigned to every off-campus study program featured by Grinnell College. These advisers are very familiar with the programs they represent and can provide you with detailed program information as well as answering any questions you may have.
Every semester, large numbers of Grinnell students return from studying off campus. Talking with other students who have already studied on a program of interest to you is essential to making an intelligent decision about off-campus study.
Grinnell College is fortunate to have a diverse student body from many parts of the world. International students may be able to provide you with valuable insights and information to help you in making a decision about where to study off campus. The International Students Office will provide names of students from specified countries or regions.
Donna Vinter, English, Resident Director; Leslie Delmenico, Theatre; Sheila Fox, Theatre; Julianna Fuzesi, Political Science; George W. Jones, Political Science; Katy Layton-Jones, History; Paula Nuttall, Art History; Elizabeth Prevost, History
Grinnell-in-London takes place each fall semester. The program’s course offerings include topics that change from year to year, reflecting the interests and expertise of Grinnell faculty members who teach on the program. Other courses—in art, English, history, political science, and theatre —are offered regularly by our London-based faculty members.
Students may choose between traditional classes or classes plus an internship. Internship placements take into account the interests of each student. Several parliamentary internships are available.
The program has two phases. In the nine-week Phase I, students earn 8 to 12 credits in three or more courses. In the six-week Phase II, students take one 4 credit course or participate in an internship and required internship seminar for a total of 6 credits. Students live in flats, homes, or residence halls in London, attend classes at the Grinnell-in-London site, and take multiple field trips in London, the English countryside, other parts of Great Britain, and other European destinations.
Phase I Courses
|ART 295 The Early Renaissance in Florence and Flanders
The Florentine renaissance is widely regarded as an artistic watershed, when artists formulated new ways of representing reality based on direct observation, scientific principles, and classical precedent, with profound implications for the course of European art. Equally important were contemporary developments in Flanders, where artists were likewise engaged in new ways of seeing, and where the oil technique offered unprecedented potential for depicting light and texture. This course will provide the opportunity to study the art of both Flanders and Florence, introducing students to the major artists (Masaccio, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Jan van Eyck, and Rogier van der Weyden), and to broader art historical themes such as patronage, iconography, and technique. Students will acquire an understanding of what constitutes the Florentine renaissance, but by also studying Flanders, will be encouraged to question the standard view of Florence’s central position in the art of the 15th century. Approximately 50 percent of classes will take place in London’s galleries, taking advantage of the unparalleled collections of the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. An additional three-day visit to Bruges and Ghent, located in Belgium, will offer the opportunity to study Flemish painting in situ. Prerequisite: none. NUTTALL.
|ENG 121 Introduction to Shakespeare
This course will study representative plays from each period of Shakespeare’s career, including histories, tragedies, and comedies. Through close analysis of these plays, both on the page and on the stage, the course will aim to develop an appreciation of the richness of Shakespeare’s theatrical art in its powerful marriage of words and images. Attendance at productions of Shakespeare both in Stratford and in London, including at the recently built replica of the Globe in Southwark, will be central to our study. Prerequisite: none. VINTER.
|HIS/HUM 295 Cultures of Empire in the Imperial Metropolis
|| 4 credits
The British Empire did not just constitute a one-way transmission of power and knowledge from center to periphery; the imperial center was also shaped by its peripheries and subject peoples. This course will examine London as a center of imperial and post-colonial culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As a nexus of the British Empire and Commonwealth, London has long functioned as a site for the formation and contestation of national identities through changing representations of class, race, gender, and religion. We will therefore define “culture” broadly in considering how the empire and its disintegration have shaped London’s political culture, class culture, material culture, print culture, urban planning, religious life, public recreation, exhibitions, commemorative art and architecture, literature, and cinema. Local site visits, some in conjunction with Professor Delmenico’s Phase 1 course, will include museums, performances, film screenings, public memorials and civic spaces, centers of finance, trade, and religious life, and lectures at local area universities. Prerequisite: None. PREVOST.
|HIS 231 History of London
This course explores the history of London from its Roman origins to the present day and examines how royalty, trade, religion, and transport have shaped the city’s pattern of growth over 2,000 years. Coursework consists of weekly lectures, guided walks, and discussions of readings from contemporary sources. Students are given an opportunity to investigate an aspect of London history of particular interest to them. Prerequisite: none. LAYTON-JONES.
|POL 295: Principles of Ethno-National Conflicts and Their Management
This course aims to familiarize students with the devices used for the regulation of national and ethnic conflicts. It seeks to provide students with an understanding of the tools available to states and policymakers to manage conflict. The course will include a close examination of cases of divided societies such as India, South Africa, Lebanon, and Yugoslavia. Once students have a grasp on the concept of ethnicity, the course will divide conflict management into four main themes: 1) territorial devices; 2) repressive and accommodation incorporation; 3) violence; and 4) solutions within democracies. Instruction and discussion will occur in the classroom as well as out in London at various museums, communities, and sites. Prerequisite: none. FUSEZI.
|SST 195 The British Parliament
Class discussions and assignments focus on understanding and interpreting internship experiences with an academic perspective. Prerequisite: acceptance as a Parliamentary intern. JONES.
|THE 275 British Theatre in Performance
This course explores the inner workings of the elements that comprise the professional theatre in Britain through a careful examination of contemporary and classic plays in actual performance. Prerequisite: none. FOX.
|THE/HUM 295 Experiencing Postcolonial London
|| 4 credits
This course views London, the subject of study, through the lens of its performances as both lived environment and site of production of material culture. Examining multiple urban places, this course is multidisciplinary and experiential, allowing students to engage with the multiple meanings of urban spaces through reading, analysis, and embodied experience. The course’s field of inquiry is a spectrum of human performance, including theatrical, political, religious, sports, festival and cultural events –and practices of everyday life. We will explore the built environment of urban planning and architecture, public spaces and memorials, educational institutions, museums, and events as varied as marketplaces, trials, festivals, and political sessions. This course and Professor Prevost’s are designed to complement each other. Hers provides the imperial grounding for the city’s development, as this course addresses contemporary London, after colonialism and (as currently argued) after multiculturalism, viewing it as multiple and contesting places for identity construction. This course will focus on site visits, with some in conjunction with Professor Prevost’s Phase 1 course. We will also share film screenings, and lectures at local area universities and performance venues. Prerequisite: None. DELMENICO
Phase II Courses (6 weeks)
|ENG 250 Modern Literature in Place: Modern Irish Literature
This course will study modern Irish literature written between about 1890 and the present, including fiction, poetry, and drama by such authors as W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, James Joyce, Sean O’Casey, Elizabeth Bowen, Samuel Beckett, and Seamus Heaney. It will introduce the student to the turbulent history of modern Ireland, while considering how these writers foster, invent, reinvent, and critique ideas of Irish national, cultural, and religious identity. It will also look at how the authors engage with themes that speak to the wider modern human experience. We will take advantage of opportunities to see Irish plays and hear Irish music in London, and there will be a field trip to the Republic of Ireland. Prerequisite: English 120. VINTER.
|SST 195: The British Parliament
Class discussions and assignments focus on understanding and interpreting internship experiences with an academic perspective. Please note that class meetings may begin in Phase I. Prerequisite: undertaking a Parliamentary internship. Enrollment limited to three Parliamentary interns. JONES.
|SST 295 Understanding Work in the U.K.
Class discussions and assignments focus on understanding and interpreting students’ internship experiences and those of their co-workers within the U.K. work environment. Topics include the meaning of work and changing definitions of work, the emergence of the culture of overwork and pressures that interfere with a viable work-life balance, the growth of the service economy and consequent increased importance of “emotional labor” (work requiring one’s emotional skills), the social costs of low pay, and the impact of European Union legislation on the world of work in the United Kingdom. Prerequisite: Acceptance into regular internship. VINTER.
|SST 300 Internship
Students work 32 hours a week for six weeks at internship sites in London. Applications for internships are made as part of the application for the Grinnell-in-London semester program prior to coming to London. Learning contracts must be approved by the instructor, the internship coordinator, and the work-site supervisor. Prerequisite: none. STAFF.
Christopher Hunter Sociology, Faculty Director
The Grinnell-in-Washington, D.C., program is offered in the first semester of each academic year. Part of the curriculum changes from year to year, reflecting the interests and expertise of the Grinnell faculty member leading the program that fall. Other courses—policymaking, internships, and the internship seminar—are offered every year.
Students are placed in internships that match their individual interests and experience. The internship is 12 weeks in length, Monday–Thursday, approximately 32 hours each week. During the internship, classes are on Fridays and on one weekday evening.
Students are housed in apartments in D.C., attend class just off Dupont Circle, and take multiple field trips in Washington, D.C.
Prerequisite: second-year status and good academic standing.
|POL 295 American Democracy and the Policy Making Process
This is a course on the policy making processes in the United States Government. It will serve as a window through which to view basic issues in American democracy from macro-explanatory questions (such as, What are the factors which cause issues to arise on the institutional agendas of Congress, executive Agencies, and the Supreme Court?) to micro-normative questions (such as, What ought to be the limits on the behavior and obligations for action of legislators, regulators, lobbyists and other participants in the policy-making process?). Policymaking proceeds through predictable stages starting with agenda-setting, proceeding through legitimation, moving to implementation, entering into evaluation, and culminating in a possible return to agenda-setting. Prerequisite: none. STAFF
|SST 295 Organizational Life and Decision-Making in D.C.
This course includes readings and discussions on how organizations operate and how decisions are made in Washington, D.C., as well as reflections on students’ experiences as interns in Washington-based organizations. Students will analyze readings, share questions and insights from internship journals, develop portfolios of internship projects, and write a reflective paper (at the end of the semester) on their internship host organizations using informal ethnographic case study techniques. Prerequisite: none. HUNTER
|SST 300 Internship
Each student will intern four days a week (approximately 32 hours per week) for 10 weeks. Beginning in the spring prior to going off campus, students will work with an internship coordinator to secure an internship which matches their interests and skills. Prerequisite: none. HUNTER.
Grinnell cooperates with 13 other independent liberal arts institutions in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). The other members of the ACM are Coe and Cornell in Iowa; Carleton, Macalester, and St. Olaf in Minnesota; University of Chicago, Knox, Lake Forest, and Monmouth in Illinois; Beloit, Lawrence, and Ripon in Wisconsin; and Colorado College. The ACM provides off-campus study programs for students of member institutions and promotes opportunities for faculty research and development.
Botswana, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania
Botswana: University Immersion in Southern Africa (ACM) (spring)
Ghana: Development Studies Program, University of Legon (CIEE)
Senegal: Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)
South Africa: University of Cape Town (IES)
South Africa: Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)
Tanzania: Human Evolution and Ecology (ACM) (Fall)
Australia and New Zealand
North Queensland, Australia: Tropical Rainforest Management (SFS)
University of Melbourne, Australia (IES)
University of Otago, New Zealand (Arcadia)
China, Japan, Korea
China: Beijing (ACC)
China: Beijing: Contemporary Issues Program (IES)
China: Beijing or Nanjing (CIEE)
China: Beijing (Pitzer College)
China: Hangzhou - C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China
China: Harbin or Kunming - Intensive Chinese Language (CET)
China: Shanghai (Alliance for Global Education)
China (Republic of China) : Taipei (CIEE)
Japan: Tokyo – Sophia University (CIEE) (spring)
Japan: Tokyo - Japan Study Program - Waseda University (ACM) (year)
Korea: Seoul – Yonsei University (CIEE)
India and Sri Lanka
India: Delhi (IES)
India: Cultures, Traditions, & Globalization (ACM) (fall)
India: South India Term Abroad (SITA)
Sri Lanka: Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE)
Europe and Russia
Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany and Austria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden
Comparative Women’s Studies in Europe Program (Antioch)
Germany: European Union Program (IES)
|Leuven: Program in European Culture and Society, Leuven
|Prague: Central European Studies, Jewish Studies, or Film Studies (CET)
|Copenhagen: Danish Institute For Study Abroad (DIS)
London: Grinnell-in-London (fall)
London: London and Florence; Arts in Context (ACM) (spring)
London: University College (spring)
Aix-En-Provence and Marseille Programs (AUCP)
Nantes Program (IES)
Paris: Hamilton College Junior Year in France (year)
Paris: Sweet Briar College in France
Germany and Austria
Austria: Vienna (IES)
Germany: Berlin (IES) (spring recommended)
Germany: Freiburg (IES) (spring recommended)
Germany: Freiburg – European Union Program (IES)
Germany: Munich - Wayne State University (spring recommended)
|Greece: College Year in Athens (fall, spring, year)
Hungary: Budapest Semester in Mathematics (St. Olaf)
Hungary: Aquinum Institute of Technology (AIT)
Florence: Arts, Humanities and Culture (ACM) (fall)
Florence: London and Florence; Arts in Context (ACM) (spring)
Milan: Milan Program (IES)
Rome: Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS)
|Netherlands: Amsterdam (IES)
|ACTR: Russia — Moscow and St. Petersburg (ACTR)
Granada: Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
Madrid: Hamilton College in Spain
Madrid: Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
Salamanca: Institute for the international Education of Students (IES)
|Stockholm: The Swedish Program
Latin America and the Caribbean
Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, British West Indies
|Argentina: Advanced Social Sciences Program, Buenos Aires (CIEE)
British West Indies
|British West Indies: Marine Resource Studies (School for Field Studies)
Chile: Santiago or Valparaiso — Cooperative Latin American Studies Program (CIEE)
Chile: Santiago Program (IES)
Costa Rica and Nicaragua: Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS) — Internship Program
Costa Rica: Organization for Tropical Studies (Duke University)
Costa Rica: Organization for Tropical Studies: Global Health Program (Duke University)
Costa Rica: Language, Society and the Environment (ACM) (fall)
Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, and Humanities (ACM) (spring)
Ecuador: Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)
Ecuador: Quito Program (IES)
|Mexico: Merida Program (IFSA-Butler University)
Middle East and North Africa
Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Turkey
Egypt: American University in Cairo
Egypt: Alexandria: C.V. Starr School in the Middle East (Middlebury)
Egypt: Cairo (AMIDEAST)
Israel: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jordan: Middle East and Arabic Language Studies, Amman (ACM)
Jordan: Amman (AMIDEAST)
Morocco: Rabat Area and Arabic Language Studies (AMIDEAST)
Morocco: Rabat: Regional Studies in French (AMIDEAST)
Morocco: Rabat (IES)
Turkey: Duke University in Istanbul (spring)
Atlanta: Morehouse College and Spelman College
Chicago: Arts, Entrepreneurship and Urban Studies (ACM)
Chicago: Newberry Seminar in the Humanities (ACM) (fall)
Chicago — Urban Education: Student Teaching in Chicago (ACM)
Knoxville, Tenn.: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ACM) (fall)
Washington, D.C.: Grinnell-in-Washington, D.C. (fall)
Waterford, Connecticut: National Theater Institute
Woods Hole, MA.: Marine Biological Laboratory — Semester In Environmental Science (fall)