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Various Locations: SIT Study Abroad

“Seeing a city like this gives me some hope for sustainable development and post growth plans. People here are really conscious of their ecological footprint and work to lower it as much as possible. This is inspiring me to try and make big changes when I return home.” - Rollins Study Abroad Alum

SIT offers immersive programs in a wide range of locations from Europe to Southeast Asia.  These unique programs emphasize key global issues and experiential learning, and are a great fit for variety of majors.  The programs are designed to take students out of the classroom and into the host country through excursions, hands-on activities, and a culminating internship or research project.

Not your ordinary study abroad experience!

SIT offers immersive programs in a wide range of locations from Europe to Southeast Asia.  These unique programs emphasize key global issues and experiential learning, and are a great fit for variety of majors.  The programs are designed to take students out of the classroom and into the host country through excursions, hands-on activities, and a culminating internship or research project.

  • Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are edited and submitted on-time, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Some programs have language pre-requisites; see the SIT program page for more information
  • Some programs have specific course pre-requisites; see the SIT program page for more information
  • Required advising session (30 minutes). Please visit our home page to schedule an appointment.

Spring 2024

  • Most programs start in late January or in early February and run into late April, May, or June
  • Note: Each program has its own exact dates. Please refer to the SIT website for individual program dates. 

Fall 2024

  • Semester programs start at different times, ranging from mid-August to early September and run into about mid-December.
  • Note: Each program has its own exact dates. Please refer to the SIT website for individual program dates.


Flight & Orientation

  • Students are responsible for their own flight arrangements. Most SIT programs organize an airport pick-up for students.
  • The multi-day SIT orientation is led by program faculty and staff and provides the students with an introduction to the host country, culture and program topic through sessions and activities in and around the main program site. Students also learn about the program expectations and get to know the other students on the program.


  • Visa requirements vary depending on the program location but U.S. citizens are required to obtain a visa for many SIT program locations. SIT will send detailed visa application instructions to students after acceptance.

For general information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page

SIT is a leader in the field of international education, and their study abroad programs are unique in the emphasis on total integration, field-based and experiential learning, and independent student research.  Each SIT Study Abroad program comprises several of the following academic components:

  • Interdisciplinary Seminars focused on global issues merge student experiences with academic theory to examine critical issues from multiple perspectives.
  • Educational Excursions are an integral part of each program and provide comparative perspectives on program themes and opportunities for engagement.
  • Intensive Language Study: Programs typically offer language study at the intermediate and advanced levels and/or beginning instruction in less commonly taught languages.
  • Fieldwork Methods and Ethics prepares students to undertake a research project or internship and also helps students examine the impact of their work on local communities.
  • Independent Study Project (ISP): the ISP allows students to design and pursue a research project related to the program themes.
  • Internship: students work with a local entrepreneur, small business, nonprofit, or NGO related to the program themes. This internship course is NOT approved for internship credit at Rollins (it will usually transfer back as general elective credit). Please contact IP for more information.

For more information on the specific courses available on different programs, visit the program pages on the SIT website.

Transfer of credit

  • Most courses are worth 3 credits but the ISP/Internship is worth 4 credits.  On most porgrams, students  take five courses total and earn 16 credits.
  • Courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit; the grades are displayed and are factored into the Rollins GPA. 
  • It can take up to three months for grades to be processed.
  • Students can take major and minor courses abroad (with approval from the academic department) and can also take competencies and rFLA200-level seminars abroad (with approval from the Registrar).

The following list includes all the SIT programs that are Approved Rollins Programs. To find out more about each program - visit the SIT website.  Make sure to cross-check with this list as NOT ALL PROGRAMS ARE APPROVED.

Rollins does NOT guarantee that Rollins students will be allowed to participate on any program to a country rated Level 3 by the State Department: requests to participate on these programs will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Climate | Environment

  • ARGENTINA: People, Environment, and Climate Change in Patagonia and Antarctica
  • AUSTRALIA: Sustainability and Environmental Action
  • ECUADOR: Comparative Ecology and Conservation
  • ICELAND: Climate Change and the Arctic
  • MADAGASCAR: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management
  • PANAMA: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation
  • PORTUGUAL: Sustainability and Environmental Justice
  • TANZANIA: Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
  • TANZANIA: Zanzibar—Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management

Development | Economy | Inequality

  • CAMEROON: Development and Social Change
  • ECUADOR: Development, Politics, and Languages
  • GHANA: Globalization, Cultural Legacies & the Afro-Chic
  • MALAWI: Sustainable Development Practice
  • NEPAL: Development, Gender, and Social Change in the Himalaya
  • SWITZERLAND: Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility
  • VIETNAM: Culture, Social Change, and Development

Global Health

  • ARGENTINA: Public Health in Urban Environments
  • CHILE: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment
  • INDIA: Public Health, Gender, and Sexuality
  • JORDAN: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action
  • KENYA: Global Health & Human Rights


Peace | Human Rights | Social Movements

  • ARGENTINA: Social Movements and Human Rights
  • CHILE: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development
  • MOROCCO: Multiculturalism and Human Rights
  • RWANDA: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Multiculturalism and Human Rights
  • SPAIN: Social Movements, Democracy & Cultural Identity

Media | Arts | Social Change

  • INDONESIA: Arts, Religion, and Social Change

Migration | Identity | Resilience            

  • BELGRADE, BUDAPEST & VIENNA: Comparative European Perspectives onConflict & Democracy
  • CZECH REPUBLIC: Human Rights & Refugee Integration
  • JORDAN: Geopolitics, International Relations, and the Future of the Middle East
  • MEXICO: Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities
  • MOROCCO: Migration and Transnational Identity
  • NEPAL: Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples
  • NETHERLANDS: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender
  • PERU: Indigenous Peoples and Globalization
  • PORTUGAL: Multimedia Storytelling & Intercultural Communication
  • SAMOA: Social and Environmental Change in Oceania
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Social and Political Transformation
  • TUNISIA & ITALY: Politics and Religious Integration in the Mediterranean

Housing & Meals

  • Housing arrangements vary by program, but all include a homestay for at least a portion of the program. Homestay placements are arranged by a local homestay coordinator who screens and approves each family. When not living with a homestay family, students stay in guest houses, educational institutions, hostels or small hotels, depending on local conditions and customs.
  • All meals are included in the program, generally at the homestay, or with the program group.

Things to Consider

Non-Asian students, especially BIPOC, may experience stares and heightened curiosity from locals in some Asian countries.  

Some countries, including those in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, have strict laws against same-sex relationships as well as low social acceptance of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Make sure to check the US Department of State LGBTI Travelers page and ILGA Sexual Orientation Laws in the World for more information.  

Attitudes towards women vary from country to country and some may hold more conservative or traditional views on gender roles. Check the resources female students on the IP Your Identity Abroad page for valuable tips. 

Students with mobility disabilities may find accessibility and accommodations different from the United States. Check the US Department of State Travelers with Disabilities and specific to the country, Mobility International USA, and the IP Your Identity Abroad page for resources. 

Make sure to check all the resources available on the IP Your Identity Abroad page. 

Program Fee

Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: $30,290
  • Housing: $5,115
  • Meals/food: $3,295

Also Includes

Orientation, educational excursions and activities,  program administration, and emergency insurance.

Estimated Additional Costs (vary by location)

  • Transportation: Round-trip airfare from FL $600 - $2,000 depending upon program location
  • Visa fee: $100 - $500 depending upon program location
  • Immunizations (if required): $400 - $1,000
  • Books, course materials, supplies: $200
  • Personal expenses: $900
  • Federal student loan fees if applicable: $40
  • Professional licensure, certification or credentials costs: $0


Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare and other costs associated with study abroad. Students can apply for scholarships through the Rollins program application. SIT also has additional scholarships that students may apply for and offers a matching grant for all Pell grant recipients.

Living and Working

Having a credit card while abroad is very helpful.