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Summer 2023 Field Studies

Explore the history and culture of Japan, experience the vibrant wildlife of Panama, help solve water issues in the Dominican Republic, study marine biology in the Bahamas, serve in education-related projects in Rwanda, or challenge your perceptions of culture and development in Tunisia. How can you pick just one? 

Engage meaningfully with locals like this Rollins student in a classroom in Rwanda.

Engage meaningfully with locals like this Rollins student in a classroom in Rwanda.

 

 

 

 


Applications

Please note: program dates may change to accommodate changes to the Rollins academic calendar.

  • 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.
  • In accordance with the CDC, International Programs urges all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 to reduce risks of illness

Application Deadline: February 13, 2023

Study of Caribbean marine life at the marine sciences laboratory of the Gerace Research Center in San Salvador, Bahamas.  Investigates the ecology, diversity, biogeography, and oceanography of coastal marine ecosystems with particular emphasis on the study of coral reefs, rocky/sandy intertidal, mangroves, and estuarine areas.  The course is physically demanding.  Students must be able to swim and be comfortable snorkeling in nearshore and offshore marine waters.

  • Faculty Leaders: Kathryn Sutherland and Paul Stephenson
  • Program Location: San Salvador, Bahamas
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 16 - 25, 2023 
  • Credit: 2 - Letter Grade
  • Prerequisites: BIO210: Introduction to Marine Science
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, graded detailed field notebooks, scientific data analysis, fieldwork on-site, two lab practical exams, and final lab report.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Estimated Program Fee: $2,260
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, all meals, airfare, on-site transportation, on-site activities, and lab facility fees.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Personal expenses, transportation to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens.
  • Special Notifications: Consumption of alcohol is not permitted on this field study. Students with dietary restrictions and food allergies must be mindful of limited accommodations when eating in local communities. This program includes travel to some locations with more limited medical services. The Gerace Research Center, the program partner, requires all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate on their programs. 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 13, 2023

Lack of access to potable water and adequate 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 quality and 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 reduce the incidence of water-related diseases. You learn, firsthand, how to test water to make sure that it is potable and how people are trying to solve the problem at the household level. For a more complete overview on this field study you can watch our video from #WaSHDR2016 and read this Rollins 360 article. This is a CE course.

  • Program Leader: Pedro Bernal
  • Student Site Leader: Emily Gross
  • Program Location: Dominican Republic
  • Maymester Course Dates: May 15 – June 9, 2023 (including two evening classes TBD)
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 23 – June 8, 2023
  • Credit: 4 – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course Requirements: The students participate in filter distribution, collect water quality data, and conduct interviews in the communities. Back on campus the data is compiled into a document and analyzed. Traditional methods of assessment will be used (research papers, presentations, etc.), on-site discussions help to contextualize the experience which is also documented in Journals. No science background is required or expected.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 8-12
  • Estimated Undergraduate Program Fee: $2,750
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, airfare, accommodations, meals, on-site transportation, on-site activities.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, personal expenses, on-campus room/board during Maymester if required.
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens.
  • Special Notifications: This field study involves extensive walking. Students with dietary restrictions and food allergies must be mindful of limited accommodations when eating in local communities. 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 7, 2022

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 28 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 2023 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.

  • Program Leader: Scott Hewit
  • Student Site Leader: Cydney Adams
  • Program Location: Rwanda
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 19 – June 11, 2023
  • Credit: 4 undergraduate or 3 graduate credits – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: 1-credit Orientation course during Spring 2023 (EDU 345/545) – Credit / No Credit.
  • 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: $3,650
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, airfare, activities, accommodations, on-site transportation, most meals.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Immunizations and malaria pills (none are required but some are strongly recommended; estimated cost $150-$250), passport, visa, transportation to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO), personal expenses.
  • Visa: Required for US citizens (obtained upon arrival in Rwanda).
  • Special Notifications: Rwanda requires travellers to be vaccinated against Covid-19Students should be prepared to walk a minimum of 4 miles daily and engage in some physical labor. Consumption of alcohol is not permitted on this field study. 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 1, 2022

**To avoid conflicts with Spring registration, the deadline for this program has been brought forward to November 1st from November 7th. Please contact Jenn Read at jread1@rollins.edu for any questions or concerns.

Why do the forests of Central America support such an extraordinary diversity of wildlife species and habitats? What kinds of projects inspire us to re-envision our relationship with the natural world? How do people and organizations move sustainability from theory to practice? This field study provides the opportunity to explore these questions in Panama, a country with some of the richest tropical rainforests and cloud forests in Central America. 

  • Program Leaders: Barry Allen and Lee Lines
  • Program Location: Panama
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 17 – 25, 2023
  • Credit: 2 – Letter Grade
  • Prerequisites: ENV 365, ENV 323
  • Course Requirements: Cumulative paper that integrates sustainable development theory and field-based research 
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 16
  • Estimated Program Fee: $4,325
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, airfare, program administration, emergency insurance, all meals, accommodations, on-site activities, and on-site transportation.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, personal expenses, gratuities.
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens.
  • Special Notifications: Consumption of alcohol is not permitted on this field study. Students with dietary restrictions and food allergies must be mindful of limited accommodations when eating in local communities. 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 7, 2022

Come to Peru and visit Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World! In this field study, students will spend time in the City of Kings (Lima), travel through the Andes on bus and foot, walk Incan streets, see buildings with Incan foundations and Spanish architecture built on top, visit pre-colonial archaeological sites, and experience the wonders of Machu Picchu. We will also taste food from the coast, the Andes, and the Amazon, visit colonial catacombs, and the plaza where Tupac Amaru II and the leaders of the insurgency were executed in the eighteenth century. Over the span of trip, you will also read select primary sources relevant to sites, discuss with peers, and write a paper pulling together the readings and traveling through Peru.

  • Program Leaders: Joshua Savala and Claire Strom
  • Program Location: Peru
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 16 – 28, 2023
  • Credit: 2 – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course Requirements: Three pre-trip meetings including readings, journaling, and discussion; regular discussions concerning the sites, culture, and history seen; regular journaling discussing experiences in Peru; final project examining sites visited during the trip in historical context.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 16
  • Estimated Program Fee: $4,180
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, accommodations, most meals, on-site transportation.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Airfare, passport, some meals, personal expenses, transportation to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO), and airfare (estimated at $850). 
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens 
  • Special Notifications: Students with dietary restrictions and food allergies must be mindful of limited accommodations when eating in local communities.  Bus travel will include mountainous, winding roads that can trigger motion-sickness. Students should be prepared for daily walking (and some more strenuous hiking). Worldstrides, the program partner, requires all participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate on their programs. 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 13, 2023

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. 

  • Program Leaders:  Richard Lewin and Marc Sardy
  • Program Location: Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, Japan
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 15-30,  2023
  • Credit: 4 – Credit/No Credit
  • Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing
  • 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: 16
  • Estimated Program Fee: $4,500
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, most activities, accommodations, some meals, most on-site 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 Orlando International Airport (MCO), personal expenses
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens.
  • Special Notifications: This field study involves extensive walking. 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 13, 2023

The Prague Quadrennial is the pre-eminent performance design exhibition in the world. The PQ, held every four years in the Czech Republic, was created in 1967 as an attempt to bridge the divide created by the Cold War and to bring together designers, directors, and students, as well as the general public, for seminars, performances, and workshops, which create an unprecedented opportunity for cross-cultural exchange of ideas. The PQ engages and immerses students in an interdisciplinary exploration of performance design in context of contemporary trends in the theatre, as well as other art and cultural disciplines – creating a dialogue between visual arts and theatre. The PQ is an exhibition that encompasses performances, workshops, lectures, discussions, and collaborative presentations in a variety of design disciplines and genres including costume, stage, light, sound design, and theatre architecture for dance, opera, drama, site-specific, multi-media performances and performance art. Students will stay near the historic Old Town city center, participate in or attend at least 2 events per day, and will compile a journal of reviews and critiques for daily discussion and synthesis, as well as a final reflection and summary paper.

  • Program Leaders: Lisa Cody-Rapport and Kevin Griffin
  • Student Site Leader: Mary Fulton
  • Program Location: Prague and Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
  • Tentative Travel Dates: June 6 - 19, 2023
  • Credit: 2 – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: None - preference to theatre, art, and history majors/minors
  • Course Requirements: Attendance and participation in at least two substantial PQ events or local cultural experiences each day of the conference, written or video journal review/critique of activities, daily mandatory class meeting to discuss reviews/critiques and synthesize the previous day’s events, and final reflection and compilation journal at final class meeting.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12 - 14
  • Estimated Undergraduate Program Fee: $2,020
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, accommodations, some meals, event registration, on-site activities, airport transfers in Prague.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Airfare, passport, most meals, transportation to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO), 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.

Application Deadline: November 7, 2022

Two of the most influential theorists and practitioners of psychotherapy are Sigmund Freud and Viktor Frankl, both creating and refining their work in Vienna, Austria to develop methods to help those experiencing psychological distress. Students will travel for 8 days to Vienna to learn about the lives and culture that shaped their indelible mark on the field of psychology. Additionally, the course will explore the influence of history, religion and WWII on the experiences of each of these preeminent thinkers. In Vienna, activities will include exploring the city, studying the history of Vienna, visiting museums directly related to the work of Freud and Frankl, touring the universities in the area, studying the impact of WWII and the Jewish religion on each person as well as the broader culture, and visiting the Mauthausen concentration camp. We will then mimic Freud’s escape from Nazi occupied Austria during WWII, traveling from Vienna to London. In London, we will spend a few days exploring the historical context that influenced Freud’s work and visiting the Freud museum in London. There will be many opportunities for reflection and discussion both during the field study trip and during the required 1 credit course occurring during the Spring 2023 semester.

  • Program Leaders: Andrew Luchner and Todd French
  • Student Site Leader: Janie Incore
  • Program Location: Vienna, Austria and London, United Kingdom
  • Tentative Travel Dates: June 1-12
  • Credit: 2 – Credit/No Credit
  • Prerequisites: 1 credit orientation course in Spring 2023
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at orientation course dates and on-site required meetings; completion of assigned readings and video sources; presentations before and during travel; reflection assignments or journals; participation and preparation throughout. 
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Estimated Program Fee: $3,000
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, most meals, accommodations, on-site activities, on-site transportation.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Airfare, transportation to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO), passport, personal expenses.
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens.
  • Special Notifications: This field study involves extensive walking. 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 13, 2023

What do you know about the Arab world, North Africa? Is Islam your first thought? During this field study, you will debunk persistent stereotypes, explore different aspects of Tunisia and perceive a vibrant and complex reality. This country may be the smallest country in Northern Africa, but it’s full of culture and history that will enrich your study abroad experience. In Tunis, the country’s capital, less than 100 miles south of Europe and the birthplace of the Arab Spring, you will take some culture-focused language class, meet with leaders from the civil society, and examine Tunisia’s peaceful transition to democracy. Ultimately, this program will challenge you to become global citizens: mindful travelers and take every opportunity to build their intercultural knowledge and skills. 

  • Program Leaders: Sana Alaya Seghair and Constance Vottero
  • Student Site Leader: Mona Belakbir
  • Program Location: Tunis, Tunisia
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 15 – 25, 2023
  • Credit: 2 – Credit/No Credit
  • Prerequisites: None. Preference given to students with experience in French or Arabic.
  • Course Requirements: General readings pertaining to sites to be visited, creation of a “travel brochure” in response to a specific prompt, mini-presentation (history, politics, linguistics, culture) due before some sites visits as a preparation for the whole class, cultural self-reflection, interview with a civil society activist, daily linguistics challenges, and a final reflection paper. 
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Estimated Program Fee: $3,680
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, airfare, program administration, emergency insurance, some meals, accommodations, on-site activities, on-site transportation.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, personal expenses, most meals, transportation to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens.
  • Special Notifications: The American embassy in Tunisia recommend that US citizens traveling to Tunisia enroll in the Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) website. STEP enrollment ensures students receive updated information on travel and makes it easier for the US Embassy to contact travelers in an emergency. 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.

MPH 546F: Global Public Health - Geneva, Switzerland

Application Deadline: February 13, 2023

*This program has not been confirmed yet. Applications will open in mid January.

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, the Matterhorn and a glacier at the top of the Alps in Zermatt.

  • Program Leader: Allen Johnson
  • Program Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Tentative Travel Dates: July 21 - 29, 2023
  • Credit: 4 - Letter Grade
  • Prerequisites: Must be a current MPH student or MPH alumni.
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-trip meetings, participation in all program activities on-site, and daily reflection journals.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 8-10
  • Estimated Program Fee: $1,325
  • Program Fee Includes: Program administration, emergency insurance, accommodations, on-site activities and transportation, some meals.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, personal expenses, most meals, airfare, tuition (estimated at $2,696)*** or course audit fee (if MLS/MPH alumni), transportation to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
    • ***These rates are an estimate based on current rates and subject to increase based on the 2022-23 tuition rates.***
  • 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.

MLS 546F: MLS in Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest

Application Deadline: February 13, 2023

Join professors Tom Cook (Philosophy) and Todd French (Religion) as they explore the cities that shaped Mozart, Freud, the Hapsburgs, and Eastern Europe and take in contemporary arts, architecture new and old, sustainable development goals in action, and the world's finest coffee houses on location. The itinerary includes 5 days in Vienna, 2 days in Prague, 1 night in Salzburg, and day trips to the Wachau Valley Wine Region, Melk Abby, and Budapest.

  • Program Leaders: Tom Cook and Todd French
  • Program Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Tentative Travel Dates: June 23 - July 03, 2023
  • Credit: 2 - Credit/No Credit
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Course Requirements: Students will participate in preliminary research and on-site presentation about a range of topics and places, e.g., Sigmund Freud Museum, Composers (Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Haydn, Schubert), Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna National Library, United Nations, Salzburg, Budapest, The Hapsburgs, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, WWII/Nazi impact, Marx housing and socialist movements in context, Turkish influence, and Ancient Roman ruins.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 10-12
  • Estimated Program Fee: $1,790
  • Program Fee Includes: Program administration, emergency insurance, accommodations, some on-site activity fees, some meals.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Tuition (estimated at $1,026)*** or course audit fee if (MLS/MPH) alumni, airfare (estimated at $850), passport, personal expenses, most meals, visa, transportation to/from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
    • ***These rates are an estimate based on current rates and subject to increase based on the 2022-23 tuition rates.***
  • Visa: Required for US citizens.
  • Special Notifications: This field study involves extensive walking. 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.