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Summer 2021 Field Studies

Explore the history of the World Wars in the Balkans, study marine biology in the crystal blue waters of the Bahamas, experience the vibrant wildlife of Costa Rica, help solve water issues in the Dominican Republic, serve in education-related projects in Rwanda, engage in the international theatre scene in Scotland, challenge your perceptions of community development in Tanzania, 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

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.

Application Deadline: November 16, 2020

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 12 – 28, 2021 
  • Credit: 4 – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: Junior status. Priority given to students confirmed for 2020 program.
  • 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: $4,450
  • 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 Orlando International Airport (MCO), 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 15, 2021

This is an intensive multiweek field study of marine life at off-campus marine laboratories. Comprehensive, in-field-ecological analyses of representative temperate or tropical marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, rocky/sandy intertidal, mangroves, and estuarine areas. 

  • Faculty Leaders: Katie Sutherland and Paul Stephenson
  • Program Location: San Salvador, Bahamas
  • Travel Dates: May 12-21, 2021
  • Credit: 2 – Letter Grade
  • Prerequisites: BIO 210: Introduction to Marine Science
  • Course Requirements: Active participation in group discussions and a primary literature paper. 
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Estimated Program Fee: $2,200
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, airfare, housing, meals, and ground transportation.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Additional personal expenses.
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens.
  • Special Notifications: All students will travel together to and from the Bahamas on the designated dates. Students who need to go home between the end of the semester and our departure date must return to Orlando and depart with the group on the departure date. Alcohol policy on this field study is a zero-tolerance policy. Vegetarian diets are easily accommodated, however, vegan or students with strict food restrictions cannot be easily accommodated. Students with special diets will likely need to pack additional food for themselves. 

* 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 15, 2021

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 10 – June 4, 2021
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 18 – June 2, 2021 
  • Credit: 4 – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: Priority given to students confirmed for 2020 program.
  • 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: $2,770
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, airfare, 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 16, 2020

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 2021 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
  • Student Site Leader: TBD
  • Program Location: Rwanda
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 21 – June 13, 2021
  • Credit: 4 Credits for undergraduate; 3 Credits for graduate students – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: 1-credit Orientation course during Spring 2021 (EDU 345/545). Priority given to students confirmed for 2020 program.
  • 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: $3,700
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, airfare, 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: All students will travel together to and from Rwanda on the designated dates. Students who need to go home between the end of the semester and our departure date must return to Orlando and depart with the group on the departure date. 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 16, 2020

Costa Rica has been successful in achieving economic growth and human development, even as the country has been able to preserve and restore much of its environment. By contrast, much of Central America has experienced widespread deforestation, rapid population growth and considerable instability. In combination with several environmental factors, this has led to depressed living standards throughout the region. We will devote considerable attention to understanding these very different outcomes and consider appropriate models of sustainable development for the region. The field study emphasizes the role of conservation of biological resources as a key component of sustainability. Itinerary highlights include: La Selva Biological Station, Tirimbina Biological Reserve, Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Poas Volcano National Park coffee farm, cacao plantation, and banana plantation.

  • Faculty Leader: Barry Allen
  • Program Location: Costa Rica
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 1 – 21, 2021
  • Credit: 2 – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: Enrollment in ENV 353 (Spring 2021). Priority given to students confirmed for 2020 program.
  • 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: $2,660
  • 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: All students will travel together to and from Costa Rica on the designated dates. Students who need to go home between the end of the semester and our departure date must return to Orlando and depart with the group on the departure date. 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 16, 2020

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.) In addition to 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 10 – 26, 2021
  • 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 3 World-War intersession courses in Jan 2020 or Jan 2021), or discretion of faculty leaders. Priority given to students confirmed for 2020 program.
  • 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: November 16, 2020

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: TBD
  • Program Location: Tanzania (Mkyashi and Moshi)
  • Travel Dates: May 15 – 30, 2021
  • Credit: 2 (+1 in Spring 2021) – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: 1 credit orientation course in Spring 2021. Priority given to students confirmed for 2020 program.
  • 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: $2,950
  • 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.

Application Deadline: November 16, 2020

Be a part of the international theatre scene at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world's largest arts festival, with over 3,548 international performances from 60 nations taking place in 317 venues over a 25-day period. The Fringe has often showcased experimental works that might otherwise not be invited to a more conservative festival. Students will live in a group apartment, go on a day excursion to the Scottish Highlands, explore the castle and take a hill walk in Stirling, and attend a variety of unique performances at The Fringe; experiencing the culture and history of Edinburgh, Scotland and its ties to the international theatre scene.

  • Faculty Leaders: Lisa Cody-Rapport and David Charles
  • Student Site Leader: TBD
  • Program Location: Edinburgh and Stirling, Scotland
  • Travel Dates: July 30 – August 12, 2021
  • Credit: 2 – Credit / No Credit
  • Prerequisites: None. Preference to theatre, art, and history majors and minors.
  • Course Requirements: Students are required to attend and/or participate in several Fringe events each day of the class, including group-attended performances, after which they will select two for commentary and submit a written or video journal review/critique. There will be a daily mandatory class meeting to discuss and synthesize the day’s events, and a final journal presentation on the overall Fringe experience will be required at the final on-site morning meeting.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 14-18
  • Estimated Program Fee: $2,120
  • Program Fee Includes: Tuition, program administration, emergency insurance, lodging, some meals, some tickets, airport transportation in Edinburgh, train fare to Stirling, and day tour of the Scottish Highlands.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Personal expenses, airfare, passport, and most meals.
  • Visa: Not required for U.S. citizens at this time.
  • Special Notifications: Students should be prepared for extensive walking and at least one hill walk in Stirling (in some slippery boggy areas), so appropriate footwear is required.

* 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 16, 2020

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: Greece
  • Tentative Travel Dates: May 31 – June 10, 2021
  • 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: $2,650
  • Program Fee Includes: Program administration, emergency insurance, activities, accommodations, on-site transportation, limited meals.
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Tuition (estimated at $1,016)*** or course audit fee if MLS alumni, 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 15, 2021

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 1, 2021
  • 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: $1,150
  • 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)* or course audit fee if MPH alumni, 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.