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Global Engagement

The Center for Global Initiatives supports the development of global engagement opportunities for faculty, staff and students both on-campus and beyond.

You may think that opportunities for global engagement start and end with study abroad; however, that couldn't be further from the truth.  There are a myriad of ways you can enhance your intercultural knowledge and skills without leaving campus. 

  • Become an International Peer Advisor and help support and welcome our international students.  For more information, visit the Events and Programming site for International Student and Scholar Services - scan down to see how you can get involved with the international community here at Rollins!
  • Get involved with a Student Cultural Organization - remember that you don't need to be a member of the specific culture to join the organization.
  • Study another language!  Rollins offers courses in Spanish, Chinese, German, French, Arabic, Japanese and Russian. 
  • Consider choosing a major with a global learning focus: International Business and International Relations are obvious choices, but area studies programs like Asian Studies, Latin-American and Caribbean Studies can also enrich your studies.  Plus, don't forget about majors that incorporate tons of global content but may not seem as obvious such as Philosophy, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, History, or Social Innovation.
  • Okay, so you may not be able to do a major with a global learning focus, but Rollins also has tons of minors with global content including all of the above programs plus Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Global Health, African and African-American Studies, and more.
  • Attend global events on campus including lectures by international scholars or on global topics, cultural arts events, the Great Debate, holiday celebrations and more.
  • Finally, last but not least, consider studying abroad.  Study abroad at Rollins is designed to fit into your degree plan so you can stay on track towards graduation.  Semester study abroad is the same price as being at Rollins and there are lots of scholarships to help with the costs of summer programs and field studies.

Besides the grant programs offered through the Center for Global Initiatives, there are other opportunities for global engagement for Rollins faculty and staff.

  • Consider leading a study abroad program for CLA or Holt.  Find out about the Faculty-Led Program Proposal Process through International Programs.
  • If you are planning a trip abroad or a sabbatical, consider connecting with one of our Approved Semester Program partners.  Some of them offer opportunities for guest teaching and/or visiting scholar positions.  For more information visit the Faculty Resources page and scan down under the Semester Programs tab.
  • Consider getting involved with the Global Links program by hosting a visiting student or participating in events with the visiting scholar.

The Center for Global Initiatives is committed to enhancing global learning through outcomes-based assessment and thoughtful program design. As part of these efforts, faculty and staff involved with the Center have developed a defintion of global citizenship at Rollins, as well as learning outcomes for global citizneship and an index for global experiences.

Global citizens are aware of key global issues; understand and respect the diversity of world cultures with their different ways of knowing and doing; and understand the distinctive methodologies, perspectives, and subject matter of the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and thus can view the world through the critical and creative lenses essential for “effective stewardship of the global commons.”*

The Global Experience Index can be used in several ways by faculty and staff working to support and promote a variety of global learning and global citizenship opportunities across campus and beyond. Potential applications include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • To start a conversation to aid departments in better understanding the depth and breadth of global citizenship initiatives offered. 
  • To establish global citizenship education and opportunities criteria that every student should meet before graduation.
  • To measure the comprehensiveness of a study abroad program and ensure it meets all global citizenship criteria, including closing the loop. 
  • To aid program directors and campus leaders of global initiatives in assessing or taking inventory of what types of global experiences they offer. 
  • To support campus program directors and leaders of global initiatives in thinking about how to maximize the impact of less immersive experiences and effectively leverage opportunities requiring greater time and investment.
  • To aid course instructors, particularly rFLA instructors, in developing and/or assessing their courses for global citizenship content skill areas and reflections.

*Bennett, D.C., Cornwell, G.H., Al-Lail, H.J., and Schenck, C. (2012). An education for the twenty-first century: Stewardship of the global commons. Liberal Education. Vol. 98 (4). Retrieved from

Many of our faculty and staff are actively engaged in global scholarship.  Please contact us if you have a recent publication or presentation that you would like us to highlight or share.