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How to Apply

  1. Make sure you are ready to apply (check deadlines to make sure the application is open)
  2. You will be automatically charged a non-refundable $30 application fee. Do not start a RIPA until you are certain that you wish to apply to a specific program. This fee covers study abroad administrative expenses and also supports student scholarships for study abroad. If you apply for multiple programs during the same semester, you will only be charged one application fee.
  3. Access your MyRollins account.
  4. In the search bar at the top of the page, type "RIPA Application Portal" to view list of available programs and start your application.
  5. Click on "Create a new application."
  6. Choose your program from the list. Once you choose a program, you will see a list of necessary forms.

  • September 30, 2024: Spring 2025 Semester Programs (Rollins and non-Rollins) and Winter 2025 Field Studies
  • November 4, 2024: Spring Break 2025 Field Studies and select Summer 2025 Field Studies
  • February 17, 2025: Summer 2025 Approved Programs & select Summer 2025 Field Studies
  • February 28, 2025: Fall 2025 Semester Programs (Rollins and non-Rollins)
  • April 30, 2025: Non-Rollins Summer 2025 Programs (NOTE that if you wish to apply for a scholarship through Rollins for these programs, the deadline is April 7, 2025.)

Minimum Cumulative GPA Requirements
  • Field Study: 2.0
  • Rollins Approved Summer Programs: 2.5
  • Rollins Approved Semester Programs: 2.5
  • Consult program-specific requirements as individual programs may have different minimum GPAs
Minimum General Requirements
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards
  • Good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • For Semester Programs: Have completed two semesters at Rollins or another college or University prior to the semester abroad.

Program Specific Requirements: Some programs have additional requirements such as references, interview, language requirements, etc. Refer to specific program pages for more information.

Non-Discrimination Statement: When making admissions decisions, scholarship allocations, and in hiring practices, IP and our program leaders do not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.  However, in certain cases the program structure may necessitate consideration in admissions decisions towards gender (for budgeted double rooms), physical ability (if the program includes required physical activity) and/or other identities or attributes.  In these cases, IP and our program leaders will aim to be as transparent as possible and to consider and advise applicants on a case-by-case basis.

The beginning of the semester before you want to go abroad:
  • Meet with Mary or Jenn and your academic advisor to plan out your courses and choose the best program for you.
  • Make sure your passport is up-to-date and valid for at least 6 months past the end of your intended program date, or apply now for one if you do not already have it.
  • Start your RIPA application in MyRollins (NOTE: you will be charged a non-refundable $30 fee)
  • If you need an interview with an International Programs advisor or the program leader, email them early to find out the requirements for this. Some need to be completed by the application deadline, while some just need to be scheduled by then – every program is different.
  • Finish your application by the published deadline. Email International Programs early if you need assistance with any materials or have questions.
  • Usually within two weeks after the deadline you will hear back about your program so keep an eye on your Rollins email.

Once you are accepted to a program:

  • The email that confirms your acceptance will also tell you what scholarships you are receiving from the Office of International Programs (if you applied), so you will know the final program cost before you have to commit.
  • Complete the Statement of Intent & Financial Agreement in supplemental materials to confirm your spot on the program.
  • Fill out any supplemental paperwork, like flight information, medical report, and pre-orientation materials.
  • Complete the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Pre-Approval form with approval from the faculty department chair for your major to ensure credits are counted (for semester programs).
  • Attend the mandatory orientation meetings the semester before you go. They are a great way to meet other Rollins students on your program and learn about your location specifics.
  • By 60 days prior to departure, you should have your flights booked if not traveling with your program group.

A month before you go: 

  • Make sure you have all necessary documents and materials. Look up the climate for your location before you pack.
  • Pack light. Leave super valuable or irreplaceable items at home, but bring your passport, ID, and any necessary documents.
  • Attend your final pre-departure orientation meetings.
  • Notify your bank with your travel information, and make sure you have a plan for your phone working abroad.

While you are away: 

  • Engage in your host culture. Take pictures and travel -- not just to new locations but -- within your chosen location.
  • If you have to complete blog posts, remember to pay attention to deadlines and your Rollins email for reminders.
  • Don’t forget your assignments.

When you come home:

  • Complete your post program evaluation and final blog post with International Programs.
  • Send us your photos and videos and tag IP @rollinsabroad.
  • Keep an eye on your email for opportunities for program alumni to talk about their experiences at events like the Study Abroad Fair or orientations for new students departing on your program.
  • Continue building on your learning through classes and co-curricular activities!


Conduct Violation

Students who have a major conduct violation on their record within 12 months prior to an application deadline may not be eligible to participate in a study abroad program.  Students found responsible for major policy violations between acceptance into a program and the program departure could be withdrawn from the program. In such a case, students will still be responsible for any program costs incurred on their behalf.

Major violations include, but are not limited to:

  1. Alcohol – particularly, DUI and/or providing alcohol to minors
  2. Illegal substances
  3. Sexual misconduct
  4. Hazing
  5. Identification cards – possession of a fake ID (felony)
  6. An incident that involves multiple policy violations
  7. An incident that has resulted in the sanction of residence hall dismissal or suspension
  8. Repeat violations for the same offense (i.e. two alcohol violations) or multiple violations during your enrollment at Rollins.

The Office of Community Standards and Responsibility, in consultation with the Office of International Programs, will evaluate each violation closely to determine if it is grounds for denial of application or removal from a program.

Academic Honor Code Violations

Students who have an Academic Honor Code (AHC) violation on their record may not be able to participate in a study abroad program . Students found responsible for an AHC violation between acceptance into a program and the program departure could be withdrawn from the program. In such cases, students will still be responsible for any program costs incurred on their behalf.

In cases where a student has an AHC violation, the Office of International Programs, in consultation with the Office of the Dean of Faculty, will evaluate each violation closely to determine if it is grounds for denial of application or removal from a program.

Passport Upload: you will need to provide an image of your passport or proof that you have applied for a new or renewed passport.

Need-Based Scholarship Application: you will complete this form if you want to be considered for additional scholarships for study away. For your application you need to think about why you need the scholarship and why you are applying to the program of your choice.

Rollins Statement of Purpose – For most programs, you will need to write a response to the following prompt: "Why have you chosen this program, what do you know about the program location, and what skills or knowledge do you hope to gain during this program?" Your response should be at least 300 words (max 2000 characters) and we recommend writing it ahead of time and then copying it into your application.

Letter of Recommendation 1 (electronic) – You usually need at least one recommendation from a Professor. Think about who you might ask for a recommendation. 

Interview with Program Leader – You are required to interview with the program leader for some study abroad programs. You can prepare for this interview by familiarizing yourself with the study abroad program and location you are interested in. Visit Career and Life Planning for additional advice on interview processes. 


The Office of International Programs (OIP) has policies governing:  

  • application and acceptance  
  • program payments, scholarships, withdrawals, and cancellation fees
  • transfer and approval of grades and credits from abroad  
  • student conduct for study away and program dismissals  

These policies are published on the website and/or in the pre-departure materials provided to all outbound study away students. Appeals to OIP policies must be made in writing to the Director of Global Initiatives and will be considered on a case-by-case basis: contact OIP to request an appeal form. The Director may request additional information and/or request an interview with the complainant. All appeals must be addressed within one year of the original incident or action that prompts the complaint. If a complainant is not satisfied with the response, they may then appeal to the Provost, or to the appropriate appeals committee (Academic Appeals, Fee Appeals, etc.). Note that appeals to Rollins College academic policies and appeals to study away with a GPA below the minimum threshold, are submitted to the Academic Appeals Committee: OIP can help students determine the appropriate channel for the appeal process.