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Summer 2020 Field Studies

Explore the history of the World Wars in the Balkans, study marine biology off the coast of Maine, experience the vibrant wildlife of Costa Rica, help solve water issues in the Dominican Republic, engage in education-related service in Rwanda, challenge your perceptions of community development in Tanzania, uncover the complexities of artifacts and structures in Egypt and Jordan, or consider the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Japan. How can you pick just one? 

Engage in global service like these Rollins students working with Burmese refugees in Thailand

Engage in global service like these Rollins students working with Burmese refugees in Thailand

Applications

  • Applications open in August for programs with a November deadline and in early November for programs with a February Deadline. 
  • Find out How to Apply!
  • 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.  The cost of a Holt graduate field study is standard Holt tuition for the relevant number of credits plus a program fee to cover the travel costs.

Application Deadline: February 17, 2020


Study of North Atlantic marine life at the marine sciences laboratory of the Darling Marine Centre in Maine. Investigates the ecology, diversity, biogeography and oceanography of coastal marine ecosystems with particular emphasis on the study of rocky shores, mudflats, estuaries and saltmarshes. Highlights include a puffin-watching trip, visits to the Maine State Aquarium, Coastal Maine Botanical gardens, Pemaquid Point lighthouse, as well a lobster dinner.

  • Faculty Leaders: Fiona Harper and Katie Sutherland  
  • Program Location: Darling Marine Center, University of Maine, Damariscotta, Maine
  • Travel Dates: July 26 – August 5, 2020
  • Credit: 2 – Letter Grade
  • Prerequisites: BIO 210: Introduction to Marine Sciences
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, blog entries, course readings, graded detailed field notebooks, lab practical exam and final lab report and presentation.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 10–12
  • Estimated Program Fee: $2,200
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, activities, accommodations, on-site transportation, all meals
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Roundtrip airfare to/from Portland, Maine (estimated at $500-$800), transportation to/from Orlando airport
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens.
  • Special Notifications: This course is physically demanding. Consumption of alcohol is not permitted on this field study. 

* 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 4, 2019


This experiential learning course focuses on the cultural, economic, societal, and religious challenges and opportunities of doing business internationally through a series of lectures/presentations and immersion activities in Japan. The course includes visits to companies, educational institutions, religious sites, and cultural events in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo.

  • Faculty Leaders: Christine Jubelt and Richard Lewin
  • Program Location: Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 11-27, 2020
  • Credit: 4 – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: Junior status
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, blog entries, post-travel blog/presentation, final essay/paper
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 15-24
  • Estimated Program Fee: $4,250
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, most activities, accommodations, on-site transportation, some meals, most train transportation
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Airfare (estimated at $1,600), passport, dinners (estimated at $400 - $600), some activities and on-site train tickets (estimated at $100), transportation to/from OIA and personal expenses
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens
  • Special Notifications: This field study involves extensive walking, and gluten-free or low carbohydrate diets can be difficult to maintain in Japan. Please contact IP for more information.

* 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: February 17, 2020


Water-related diseases produced by lack of access to potable water and sanitation are responsible for the death of 1.8 million people a year, most of them children under the age of five. Needless to say, improving water, sanitation and hygiene practices is a public health imperative. This field study takes you into rural communities in which water projects are being implemented to try to reduce the incidence of water-related diseases. You learn, first hand, how to test water to make sure that it is safe for human consumption and how people are addressing the problem at the household level. For a more complete overview on this field study you can watch videos from #WaSHDR2016 or #WaSHDR2015, and/or read this Rollins 360 article.

  • Faculty Leader: Pedro Bernal and Corissa Raymond  
  • Program Location: Dominican Republic
  • Maymester Course Dates: May 11 – June 5, 2020
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 19 - June 3, 2020 
  • Credit: 4 – graded Credit/No Credit
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at all course meetings, participation in all on-site activities, readings, journal and discussions, and fieldwork on-site.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 8-12
  • Estimated Program Fee: $2,600
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, airfare, program administration, emergency insurance, accommodation, meals, on-site transportation, activities and excursions
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, personal expenses, on-campus room and board during Maymester if required (estimated at $1,000)
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens
  • Special Notifications: Consumption of alcohol is not permitted on this field study. Students should be prepared to walk and spend time outdoors in the heat, and conditions can be dusty. Many meals are in homes with local families. This program includes travel to some locations with more limited medical services. Please contact IP for more information.

* 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 4, 2019


From April to June of 1994, in a span of 90 days, a million men, women and children were murdered in Rwanda, many by neighbors and even family members. In just over 20 years, the people of Rwanda have rebuilt their nation and reconciled this tragic genocide in ways that are nothing short of miraculous. Today Rwanda is a peaceful people and a growing economy, welcoming international support with open arms. The 2020 Rollins in Rwanda Field Study, the fourth of its kind, will offer students an opportunity to live and work side by side with children, families, teachers, and villagers in rural Rwanda for three weeks.

  • Faculty Leaders: Scott Hewit and Jade Taylor
  • Program Location: Rwanda
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 22 - June 14, 2020
  • Credit: 4 Credits for undergraduate; 3 Credits for graduate students – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: 1-credit Orientation course during Spring 2020 (EDU 345/545)
  • Course Requirements: Participation in all on-site activities, reflective journal that includes an account of activities and a more in-depth analysis of the effectiveness of their work, ten-minute mixed-media presentation, and a final reflection paper
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Estimated Program Fee: $3,600
  • Program Fee Includes: Airfare, tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, activities, accommodations, on-site transportation, all meals
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Immunizations (none are required but estimates are $150-$250), passport and visa, transportation to/from Orlando Airport, personal expenses
  • Visa: Required for US citizens (obtained upon arrival in Rwanda)
  • Special Notifications: This program is physically demanding and includes travel to locations with more limited medical services. Students should be prepared to walk daily and engage in some physical labor. Please contact IP for more information.

* 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 4, 2019


Costa Rica is a world leader in both biological diversity and sustainable development. Through this field study, we'll view firsthand the differing habitats and management strategies associated with the wide variety of protected areas in Costa Rica. The areas visited will include national parks, national wildlife refuges, large and small private preserves and biological corridors -- each has a role to play in protecting the natural resources necessary for conservation and sustainable development. Itinerary Highlights: Savegre Biosphere Reserve, La Selva Biological Station, Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, Tirimbina Biological Reserve, and Poas Volcano National Park.

  • Faculty Leader: Barry Allen
  • Program Location: Costa Rica
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 12-21, 2020
  • Credit: 2 – Letter Grade
  • Prerequisites: Enrollment in ENV 353 (Spring 2020)
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, course readings, final paper
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Estimated Program Fee: $2,550
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, airfare, accommodation, meals, transportation in Costa Rica, activities and excursions
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, gratuities
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens
  • Special Notifications: Consumption of alcohol is not permitted on this field study. This program includes travel to some locations with more limited medical services. Students should be prepared for daily walking and some more strenuous hiking.

* 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 4, 2019


Come experience the history and legacies of the two World Wars in the Balkans! Students will explore historical sites and cities in northern Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hike sections of the Isonzo front, visit Tito’s bunker, and see where Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination sparked decades of war and political turmoil. (Note: this trip will include visits to two concentration camps.) As well as history, students will experience the culture of the Balkans, from medieval castles to Ottoman architecture, to the Museum of Broken Hearts, to spending time with Slovenian college students.

  • Faculty Leaders: Claire Strom and Hannah Ewing 
  • Program Location: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina 
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 11-27, 2020 
  • Credit: 2 – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: Any of the WW1 or WW2 courses offered by Drs. Ewing or Strom in 2019-20 (HIS 120: Decade of Decision: WW1 [F19], HIS 329: Aspects of War: WWII in Europe [S20], or 1 of 2 World-War intersession courses)
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, blog entries, discussion posts on readings and experiences, final project
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 14
  • Estimated Program Fee: $3,380
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, activities, accommodations, on-site transportation, site admission fees, all breakfasts and some dinners
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Airfare (estimated at $1,400), passport, all lunches and some dinners (estimated at $400-$600)
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens
  • Special Notifications: Students should be prepared for extensive walking and at least one strenuous mountain hike in the Alps. Most travel will be by bus, including on some mountain roads. Students with sensitivity to motion sickness should be prepared. 

* 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: September 30, 2019

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 take 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: May 11-20, 2020
  • Credit: 6 (Spring 2020 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: $2,900
  • Program Fee Includes: 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.

Application Deadline: November 4, 2019

Learn about community development in one of the most beautiful places in the world! In the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, we will be hiking to waterfalls, doing organic agriculture, immersing ourselves in the local culture, and helping to build an ecolodge that will support the local community. We will also take a world-class safari to Serengeti National Park and visit Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. This program is physically demanding.

  • Faculty Leader: Dan Chong
  • Student Site Leader: Grace Marshall
  • Program Location: Tanzania (Mkyashi and Moshi)
  • Travel Dates: May 13-27, 2020
  • Credit: 2 (+1 in Spring 2020) - Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: 1 credit orientation course in Spring 2020
  • 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: $2,900
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, accommodations, meals, program administration, emergency insurance, excursions and activities, and on-site transportation
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Airfare to Tanzania (estimated at $1,200-$1,500), passport, visa, immunizations (none are required but estimates range from $150-$500), and personal expenses
  • Visa: Required for US citizens
  • Special Notifications: This program includes travel to some locations with more limited medical services. Rural locations will have limited options for people with dietary restrictions. The community project involves some physical labor and some accommodations are in tents. There is some travel on bumpy roads; students with sensitivity to motion sickness should be prepared. Please contact IP for more information.

* 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.

MLS 546F Greece: Bronze Age Greece and Beyond


Registration Deadline: November 4, 2019

 

This program is only for students in the Masters of Liberal Studies program.  Before the “Classical Age of Greece” there existed the mysterious and majestic Bronze Age civilizations of the ancient Minoans and Mycenaeans. These are the civilizations and cultures that lie beneath the myths and tales of Theseus and the Minotaur in the Labyrinth, the abduction of Helen and the Trojan war, and the Heroic exploits of Perseus and Heracles. Our course examines Bronze Age Greece and the historical transition to the Classical Age of Periclean Athens. Beginning with the lost civilization of the Minoans on the beautiful island of Crete, we shall tour Minoan archaeological sites (Knossos, Phaestos, Aghia Triada, Kommos) and visit the archaeological museum in Heraklion. Moving to the Greek mainland, we turn our attention to the ancient Mycenaeans, exploring the historical cities of the heroes of Greek myth: Mycenae (Agamemenon & Clytemnestra), Tiryns (Heracles), and Pylos (Nestor). We shall also visit the more familiar Archaic and Classical Age sites (Olympia, Delphi, Epidauros, Nafplio, Eleusis, and the Athenian Acropolis) to assure a well-rounded experience of the world of the Ancient Greeks. Site tours are led by scholars from the College Year in Athens program making this an academic and intellectual experience of the highest caliber.

  • Faculty Leader: Scott Rubarth 
  • Program Location: Rollins Campus and Greece
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 31-June 10, 2020
  • Credit: 2 – Letter Grade
  • Prerequisites: Active MLS program enrollment or MLS alumni, pre-departure seminar
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, blog entries, graduate-level research paper connected to course theme and one of the sites visited.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 10–12
  • Estimated Program Fee: $2,670
  • Program Fee Includes: Program administration, emergency insurance, activities, accommodations, on-site transportation, limited meals
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Tuition (estimated at $1,016)***, passport, airfare (estimated at $1,000-$1,200), most meals (estimated at $400)
  • 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.

***These rates are an estimate based on current rates and subject to increase based on the 2020-21 tuition rates. 


MPH 546: Global Public Health – Geneva, Switzerland


Registration Deadline: February 17, 2020

This program is only for students in the Masters in Public Health program.  During the Global Health Field Study in Geneva, students will work with the World Health Organization (WHO) which is a specialized agency of the United Nations concerned with international public health. Students will interact with representatives from worldwide organizations, such as the International Red Cross and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Students will also participate in an on-site excursion to Chillon Castle in Montreux and the Matterhorn and a glacier at the top the Alps in Zermatt. Scholarship funding is available for MPH students!

  • Faculty Leader: Allen Johnson
  • Program Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tentative Travel Dates: July 24 - August 2, 2020
  • Credit: 4 – letter grade
  • Prerequisites: Must be a current MPH student or MPH alumni
  • Course Requirements: Three weeks of Global Health coursework in July prior to departure (class meets two evenings a week), attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, and personal development journals submitted at the end of the program
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 8-10
  • Estimated Program Fee: $1,120 plus graduate tuition
  • Program Fee Includes: Accommodations, in-country transportation, emergency insurance, entrance fees, breakfast, welcome dinner
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Graduate tuition (estimated at $2,568)***, airfare (estimated at $1,200-$1,400), lunch and dinner (estimated at $250), costs associated with extracurricular activities, personal expenses
  • 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.

 ***These rates are an estimate based on current rates and subject to increase based on the 2020-21 tuition rates.