- About 60% of Grinnell students study abroad “because it’s such an easy process,” says Pieter Hansen ’19.
- The College supports students financially and academically so that they can pursue educational opportunities and their own particular interests. Pieter studied the history of politics in east-central Europe while living in Prague with Czech roommates.
Grinnell Will Make That Happen
Grinnell is really amazing in that it supports you both financially and academically when you want to go abroad. And so for me getting the chance to study in the Czech Republic first semester, while also being able to continue to pursue my academic interests without having to worry about the financial costs, that was a huge opportunity. Yes, study abroad is pretty big right now, I'd say it's about around 60% of students who participate in some sort of off campus study. I think you see the number that high because Grinnell makes it such an easy process. If there's a place that you've always wanted to go, were like a topic you've always wanted to study. Grinnell will make that happen as long as you can make a rationale for it. I have the chance to study the history and politics of East Central Europe, in Prague for a semester. Living in an apartment with Czech roommates and getting to take classes in different cities in-- around Central Europe from local professors. I've had friends who have studied everything from like Ecology in Cambodia, to rain forest in Peru. And I think because Grinnell allows you to pursue all these different academic interests in new settings that you've always wanted to and backs it up financially. That's why you see like such a high percentage of students take advantage.
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