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Spring Break 2021 Field Studies

Learn about the Holocaust in Poland, get a first-hand look at the culture and economy of Cuba, uncover the complexities of artifacts and structures in Egypt and Jordan, or participate in an active service immersion in Abaco, the Bahamas!

Engage with history and culture like these Rollins students in the ruins of Pompeii

Engage with history and culture like these Rollins students in the ruins of Pompeii

Applications

Please note: program dates may change to accommodate changes to the Rollins academic calendar.
  • Application deadlines vary by program!
  • Applications open in August
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  • Holt Students: To participate in a field study, Holt students must be currently enrolled in a degree program and matriculated through the initial admission review process (i.e. completed two semesters at Holt). Holt students must coordinate with advisors in Holt to confirm credit approval and acceptance. Graduate students may need to make special arrangements if the field study is only being offered for undergraduate credit. Holt students participating on CLA field studies pay the same price as CLA students.

Application Deadline: September 28, 2020

This field study is part of an rFLA 300-level course titled “Learning and Teaching about the Holocaust.” During Spring Break of 2021, we will travel for 7 days to Krakow, Poland, to learn about social and educational issues related to the Holocaust. You will have engaging conversations with staff and a Holocaust survivor at the Jewish Community Center, and we will talk with Hillel students from the major university in Krakow. We will stay in a hotel on the main square, eat in good local restaurants, and visit art and history museums to give us all a sense of Polish culture in Krakow, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. A vital part of the trip will be our Study Tour in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp, located near Krakow. In the end, we will determine individually and together what we have learned from the experience that helps us to make sense of current societal issues.  

This course is open to all undergraduate students at Rollins, with preference given to those who are using it to fulfill the 300-level CLA general education requirement. Students wishing to get credit for the rFLA course must have successfully completed an rFLA 100 course and at least 2 rFLA 200 courses by the end of the Fall 2020 term. After acceptance, students will be enrolled in the corequisite course rFLA 300F. 

  • Faculty Leaders: Jim McLaughlin and Yudit Greenberg
  • Student Site Leader: Hannah Butcher
  • Program Location: Krakow, Poland
  • Tentative Travel Dates: March 11-18, 2021
  • Credits: 4 - Letter Grade (for the entire course)
  • Pre-requisites: At least 2 rFLA 200-level courses. Priority given to students confirmed for 2020 program.
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at all pre-departure meetings, participation in all program activities on-site, and two papers (a pre- and post- field study reflection).
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Tentative Program Fee: $1,180
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, accommodations, all local transportation in Europe, all admissions, and some meals (2-3)
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, personal expenses, airfare (estimated at $1,200), most meals.
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens.

* All dates are tentative and subject to change depending on the final number of students, final costs and other considerations.

** Estimated costs for all programs are based on anticipated numbers of students, current exchange rates and commercial airfares. Costs are subject to change. Final prices will always be communicated to accepted students before they commit to the program.

Application Deadline: November 9, 2020

Learn about the unique history and culture of Abaco, the Bahamas, particularly in relation to education and environmental issues and how they are affected by local government. Recognize how everyday leaders and citizens can shape their communities and the world in which we live. Understand the complex nature and intersections of community engagement, leadership, and community building as functions of responsible leadership and global citizenship. Support the mutually beneficial partnership between members of the Rollins community and members of the “Every Child Counts” (community partner) community and other organizations based in Abaco. Be encouraged to actively participate in their communities and increase their civic engagement. Demonstrate proficient teamwork, communication skills, and leadership development as an active citizen throughout the experience, and upon return to the Rollins community.

  • Program Leader: Jeremy DiGorio
  • Program Location: Abaco, the Bahamas
  • Tentative Travel Dates: March 13-20, 2021
  • Credits: This is a no-credit immersion experience
  • Program Requirements: Attendance at four pre-trip meetings, participation in all program activities on-site, and reflection paper at end of program.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Tentative Program Fee: $1,800
  • Program Fee Includes: Airfare, accommodations, program administration, emergency insurance, all meals, local transportation, program activities, transport to/from airport in US. 
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, souvenirs, personal expenses, and gratuities. 
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens.
  • Special Notifications: This field study involves extensive walking and some travel by boat. The local diet is largely based on seafood. This program includes travel to some locations with more limited medical services. All Immersion programs are drug and alcohol free, even if participants are of legal age.

* All dates are tentative and subject to change depending on the final number of students, final costs and other considerations.

** Estimated costs for all programs are based on anticipated numbers of students, current exchange rates and commercial airfares. Costs are subject to change. Final prices will always be communicated to accepted students before they commit to the program.

Application Deadline: November 9, 2020

Visit Cuba and get a first-hand look at a culture and economy in rapid transition. Learn about its people, language, and culture through a home-stay experience in Vedado, Havana. Students will visit Havana and its important cultural, historical and political sites, participate in academic conferences focusing on political economy, music, dance, art, urban planning, educational models, among others, and participate in numerous activities with Cubans. Outside of Havana, students will visit the eco-tourism community of Las Terrazas, visit a tobacco farm in Pinar del Río, and participate in community service activities with various educational institutions in La Habana. Itinerary highlights include: Old Havana, the University of Havana, a visit to an urban organic agriculture cooperative, visits to schools, health clinics, and local markets. 

  • Faculty Leader: Patricia Tomé
  • Program Location: Cuba
  • Tentative Travel Dates: March 13-21, 2021
  • Credits: 2 - Credit / No Credit
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Course Requirements: Three classroom sessions during Spring 2021, personal journal and blog posts, formal and informal reflective activities, post-program class meeting, final project.  
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 14
  • Tentative Program Fee: $3,150
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, airfare, visa, double occupancy accommodations for 7 nights, two meals per day, ground transportation with full-time driver and tour guide, all entrance fees and program/lecture fees.   
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, some meals and drinks, gratuities, personal expenses, transportation to/from the airport, optional/unscheduled activities. 
  • Visa: Required for US citizens. 

* All dates are tentative and subject to change depending on the final number of students, final costs and other considerations.

** Estimated costs for all programs are based on anticipated numbers of students, current exchange rates and commercial airfares. Costs are subject to change. Final prices will always be communicated to accepted students before they commit to the program.

Applications for this program are closed.

While the Middle East is home to some of world’s oldest and most spectacular ancient civilizations, the region has long struggled to keep hold of its historical artifacts. Centuries of intermittent social, political, and economic instability helped give rise to and fuel the practices of confiscation, looting, and illegal selling and exportation of cultural property overseas. As we will see firsthand, it’s not just big-time art thieves who are stealing history; tourists can and do buy objects plundered from Egyptian tombs in local markets and on the street. This field study to Egypt and Jordan builds on this year’s rFLA Common Read Curriculum on travel by asking: who owns the past and why should we care? Our journey from Cairo and Luxor includes visits to ancient temple complexes, tombs (the pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings), and the new $1 billion-dollar Grand Egyptian Museum (set to open in early 2020). We’ll then fly to Jordan, where we will visit Jerash, the Dead Sea, and the “Lost City” of Petra. Guiding questions of our exploration include: What drives our impulse to handle and bring home archeological souvenirs? Who is the ‘best’ steward of the material past? Is it possible for western museums to acquire and display artifacts without fueling the illegal arts trade and perpetuating colonialist narratives?

This field study is linked to a Spring 2020 course: rFLA 300 Preserving the Past: Egypt and Jordan. You must have taken this course to go on the field study. This course and field study are open to all undergraduate students at Rollins with preference given to those who are using it to fulfill the 300-level CLA general education requirement.

  • Faculty Leaders: Jana Mathews and Emily Russell
  • Student Site Leader: Alyssa Grismer
  • Program Location: Egypt and Jordan
  • Travel Dates: March 13-21, 2021
  • Credit: 6 (Spring orientation course=4; field study=2) - Letter Grade
  • Prerequisites: rFLA 100, 3 200s (4th may be taken concurrently with orientation course).
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, blog entries, post-trip writing assignment.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Estimated Program Fee: $1,900
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, airfare, accommodations, on-site transportation and activities, all meals, visa.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Personal expenses, meals on departure and arrival days.
  • Visa: Required for US citizens.
  • Special Notifications: Consumption of alcohol is not permitted on this field study. Participants will be staying in modern western accommodations, but must be prepared and willing to have limited free time outside the hotel grounds; follow the local dress code (modest attire); walk up to 3 miles per day in hot weather; and eat local cuisine (American dining options are not readily available). 

* All dates are tentative and subject to change depending on the final number of students, final costs and other considerations.

** Estimated costs for all programs are based on anticipated numbers of students, current exchange rates and commercial airfares. Costs are subject to change. Final prices will always be communicated to accepted students before they commit to the program.