Rollins Ranks in Top 10 for Study Abroad

For the past three years, the College has ranked among the top 10 master’s-granting institutions in the country for the percentage of students who study abroad.

Photo by Scott Cook Photo by Scott Cook

Rollins has a long history of supporting and facilitating study abroad experiences for students, and a new report is proving once again that the College is delivering on its mission to create engaged global citizens equipped to tackle the international issues of the 21st century.

According to the Institute of International Education, Rollins ranks among the top 10 master’s-granting institutions in the country for the percentage of students who study abroad. With 75 percent of students studying abroad, the College ranked 10th for 2018-2019, marking three consecutive years in the top 10 and seven straight years in the top 12.

International relations and Asian studies double major Karina Barbesino ’19 always knew she wanted to study abroad—and says that’s one of the main reasons she chose to attend Rollins.

“My family moved to the States when I was very young, and I had all the opportunities here growing up. It always seemed natural to give back in any capacity I could, and I thought working in the government would be the best way to do that,” explains Barbesino. “In government work both public and private, having international experience is a highly prized trait, because if you’re going to be creating policies or analyzing things from an international relations standpoint, you need to have a good understanding of other countries.”

Boren Scholar Karina Barbesino ’19 with modern languages professor Li Wei. Photo by Scott Cook. Boren Scholar Karina Barbesino ’19 with modern languages professor Li Wei. Photo by Scott Cook.

Barbesino spent seven months in China on a Boren Scholarship studying business, culture, and the Mandarin language and now serves as an intern in the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for New American Security, a bipartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. focused on matters of national security.

Study abroad experience doesn’t just apply to public service. A recent survey conducted by the Association of American Colleges & Universities polled more than 1,000 business executives and hiring managers and found that more than half said they were more likely to hire candidates with study abroad experience.

Before even setting foot in a classroom, students can begin their Rollins experience with environmental studies professor Barry Allen’s First-Year Field Study to Costa Rica. Photo by Scott Cook. Before even setting foot in a classroom, students can begin their Rollins experience with environmental studies professor Barry Allen’s First-Year Field Study to Costa Rica. Photo by Scott Cook.

Rollins offers dozens of study-abroad programs through its Office of International Programs, including field studies, summer programs, semester-long programs, and research and internship opportunities. The College also has a history of students pursuing prestigious external study abroad scholarships, producing 50 U.S. Fulbright Scholars since 2006. In fact, the U.S. Department of State has named Rollins a top producer of Fulbright Scholars six times.

For an up-close look at some of our students’ recent study-abroad experiences, check out these photos submitted for the International Education Week photo contest:

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at sundown. Photo by Carys Davidson-Huxley ’21. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at sundown. Photo by Carys Davidson-Huxley ’21.

Peruvian llama at Machu Picchu. Photo by Madison Fritz ’21. Peruvian llama at Machu Picchu. Photo by Madison Fritz ’21.

Statues depicting an Gorta Mór, or the Great Famine, in Ireland. Photo by Siobhan Cooney ’21. Statues depicting an Gorta Mór, or the Great Famine, in Ireland. Photo by Siobhan Cooney ’21.