Winter/Fall Field Studies

Explore the environment in Costa Rica, walk the historic streets of London, delve into the history and business culture of France, take a roadtrip to the Everglades, or examine the role of the American tourist in Mexico!

Engage meaningfully with locals!

Like this Rollins student in a classroom in Rwanda

Applications

  • Application Deadline: October 2, 2017 (unless otherwise noted)
  • Find out How to Apply!
  • Except for the fall break field study, these programs are ALL spring semester courses so associated grades and credits will be issued in the spring semester.

ENV 365F: Environment & Development in Central America

APPLICATION CLOSED

Costa Rica has been successful in achieving economic growth and human development, even as the country has been able to preserve and restore much of its environment. By contrast, much of Central America has experienced widespread deforestation, rapid population growth and considerable instability. In combination with several environmental factors, this has led to depressed living standards throughout the region.  We will devote considerable attention to understanding these very different outcomes and consider appropriate models of sustainable development for the region.  Itinerary Highlights: Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, La Selva Biological Station, coffee farm, cacao plantation, Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, craft cooperatives and energy facilities.

  • Faculty Leader: Barry Allen
  • Program Location: Costa Rica 
  • Tentative Travel Dates: Jan. 7 – 16, 2018
  • Credits: 2 - Letter Grade
  • Prerequisites: ENV365 during the fall 2017 semester
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-trip meetings, participation in all on-site activities, readings, and 15-page field report
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Tentative Program Fee: $2,790
  • Program Fee Includes: tuition, program administration, health & emergency insurance, accommodation, all meals, program activities, airfare, on-site transportation
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, personal expenses, tips
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens

ENG 271: Cancún and the American Tourist

APPLICATION CLOSED

This course and accompanying field study to the Yucatán Peninsula will explore how ancient history and contemporary tourist culture work to shape and define contemporary American conceptions of individual, communal and national identity. The guiding questions of the course—How has the Yucatán been Americanized and how have U.S. college campuses been “Cancúnized?” What does it mean to encounter Mayan ruins on the grounds of an American hotel resort? Who owns the past and why should we care?--encourage us to reflect upon our own claims to other places and peoples, and how the real and manufactured past serves as a powerful lens to envision and reimagine the future. 

  • Faculty Leader: Jana Mathews, Kristin Winet
  • Program Location: Mexico 
  • Tentative Travel Dates: October 13-17, 2017
  • Credits: 4 credits- Letter Grade
  • Requirements: Attendance at on-campus course meetings, participation in all on-site activities, assigned readings, writing assignments, final paper
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 10-12
  • Tentative Program Fee: $850
  • Program Fee Includes: Undergraduate tuition, airfare, program administration, health & emergency insurance, accommodation, on-site transportation, program activities, tips for guides, most meals
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: lunches, personal spending 
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens

ENV305F: Exploring the Everglades

APPLICATION CLOSED

This field study (Jan. 6-12), immerses students in Florida’s complex, beautiful, and increasingly troubled Everglades ecosystem, an international gem now endangered by pollution, urbanization, and climate change. Starting at its headwaters in Central Florida, we will trace its path from the Kissimmee River—now being restored—to Lake Okeechobee for an airboat ride across this important and controversial waterway. Then we are off to explore the Big Cypress Swamp, the Fakahatchee Strand, and the Corkscrew Swamp where we will see unique ecosystems and wildlife. After touring the Skunk Ape Museum and assorted tourist stops, we will spend two full days by land and sea in Everglades National Park, a World Heritage Site, and Biscayne National Park, which is 95 percent under water. This course offers students a firsthand opportunity to explore the biology and history of the Everglades, an ecosystem shaped by a century of human tinkering and site of the largest restoration project in the world.

  • Faculty Leaders: Leslie Poole, Emily Nodine
  • Program Location: Florida!
  • Tentative Travel Dates: January 6-12, 2018
  • Credits: 2 credits - credit/no credit
  • Prerequisites: ENV305 during the fall 2017 semester
  • Requirements: Participation in all on-site activities, field journal
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 10-12
  • Tentative Program Fee: $1650
  • Program Fee Includes: Undergraduate tuition, program administration, accommodation, transportation, program activities, tips for guides, four meals, and program activities
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: other meals, personal spending 

BUS391F: French Business Practices, History and Culture

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 2, 2017

Historically, France has long been known for its architecture, fine arts, food and wine.  This field study will explore the cultural region of the Aquitaine region of France as well as the surrounding area.  Explore the architectural beauty and vineyards of Bordeaux and visit the castle of Henry IV while viewing the Pyrenees Mountains.  We will visit and have meetings with local entrepreneurs, and business leaders as we learn more about the historical importance of the region.  

  • Faculty Leader: Timothy Pett
  • Program Location: Southwest France
  • Tentative Travel Dates: Jan. 3 – 14, 2018
  • Credits: 2 – Credit/No Credit
  • Prerequisites: Junior standing; Priority to Holt students and French majors.  
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, blog entries, video/presentation, and 15-page reflection paper.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Tentative Program Fee: $2,450
  • Program Fee Includes: tuition, program administration, health & emergency insurance, activities, accommodation (double occupancy), on-site transport, breakfasts, some dinners
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, personal expenses, airfare (estimated at $1,300), some meals (all lunches and most dinners)
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens

INT283F: Lively Arts in London

APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 2, 2017

During this field study we'll immerse ourselves in the theatre and art museums of London! During the mornings we'll tour some of the greatest art museums in the world, including the National Gallery, the Tate Modern, the British Museum, and the Courtauld Gallery. In the evenings, we'll experience the vast riches of the London theatre scene, including trips to the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, the West End (London’s Theater District), and the fringe. Afternoons are composed of matinee performances, a trip to the Globe theatre and many other London sights. Students are required to attend ALL pre-trip meetings on campus as well as all performances, discussions, and daily tours in London. Please Note: This field study requires extensive walking on a daily basis and some material (in the museums and on the stage) might be of a mature nature.

  • Faculty Leaders: Bill Boles and Leslie Boles
  • Program Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Tentative Travel Dates: Dec. 29, 2017 – Jan. 6, 2018
  • Credits: 2 – Credit/No Credit
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, theatre reviews, journal and final reflection paper
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 20
  • Tentative Program Fee: $2,450
  • Program Fee Includes: tuition, program administration, health & emergency insurance, hotel (double occupancy, Wi-Fi), breakfast, theatre tickets, all group activities, and a few lunches
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, personal expenses, airfare, and most meals
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens

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Winter Park, FL 32789

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