Choosing a Program

As a Rollins student, it won’t be long before you hear people talking about studying abroad—over 70% of Arts and Sciences students study abroad at some point during their time at Rollins, and many choose to study abroad more than once.  When you are ready to begin thinking about and planning for your own adventure away from campus, your first step is to choose a program that best fits you: your personality, your academic plan, and your goals for study abroad.

So how do you choose? 

You may decide you want to participate in a Rollins Approved Program for the semester or the summer.  Rollins programs have been thoroughly reviewed and selected with Rollins students in mind and offer a variety of locations and classes—on some of these programs a Rollins’ faculty member goes along to teach a course or act as the Faculty Director.

Rollins students are also encouraged to explore Non-Rollins Program Options, those these can be a bit more difficult to participate in due to financial aid and credit policies.

Maybe you think that a short-term program over the summer, winter or spring break is more your style.  If so, you are in luck, because every year Rollins offers a variety of Field Study Programs led by faculty from a range of departments.

Rollins-Sponsored Travel programs: 
  • It is very important to us that we are aware of all students who are traveling internationally with any connection to Rollins.  We believe it is crucial to provide our students with basic advising and assistance: everything from advice about accessing money abroad and packing, to assistance with complicated visa processes.  Therefore, we require you to complete a RIPA (Rollins International Programs Application) and provide us with some basic information.  You will be charged a $25 fee to your Student Account when you create your RIPA registration).
  • For a college-sponsored program such as this, the $25 fee covers the following: advising and assistance throughout the process from our office, faculty/staff training and materials, pre-departure materials and information, comprehensive health and emergency insurance including medical evacuation, repatriation, and security evacuation (unless you choose to decline this coverage) and emergency assistance as needed.  The fee also helps us generate student scholarship funds for study abroad, including our scholarships for field studies and international immersions, and our contribution to the SHIP funds.
  • If think the program that you will participate in falls into this category, please contact IP by coming in during walk-in hours.

While you review program options, you should also spend some time considering the following:

  • What are your goals for study abroad?
  • When do you want to go and for how long?
  • Where do you want to go?
  • Do you want to study a language or be in a foreign-language environment?
  • How much will it cost and what is financially comfortable for you?
  • What type of program do you want?
  • What kind of housing do you prefer?
  • How far out of your comfort zone are you willing (or do you want) to go?

So what next?

  • Come to a study abroad information session or event listed on our homepage.
  • Come to our office during walk-in advising hours to speak with an advisor - Monday through Thursday from 12 pm - 2 pm. You may also schedule a meeting time by writing to us at
  • Also explore this website—review the different kinds of programs. But sure you understand the Academic Policies for transfer and approval of credits and the Costs and Financial Aid information for each type of program.
  • Once you have identified the program (or programs) you want to experience, you are ready to start the application process