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Who Should Apply?

We are often asked this question, and frankly everyone expects us to list the most appropriate majors/minors for applicants; however, we don't seek students from particular fields of study. (Truth be told: we find it a bit offensive to categorize a person as a "business major" or a "literature student.") At the same time, in spite of our strong commitment to creative methodologies, we are not an arts program and are not looking for arts students. To date, only a few of our students have been arts majors of some kind. Rehearsing Change students have many of the following characteristics:

  • Those who seek to stretch their learning beyond the classroom, connecting education to real-life application.

  • Those who want to immerse themselves into community. (Note: we do not say immerse yourself in language, as that is simply a bi-product of living in community. Immersing yourself in language means we are too focused on your language acquisition and not on the mutual benefit with our partnering communities.)

  • Those who want to be part of a transformational educational experience that seeks to decolonize how we teach/learn.

  • Those who want to challenge themselves: as students, as change agents, as humans.

  • Those who are passionate about social change, yet know that it is part of lengthy process and thus demonstrate patience and flexibility.

  • Those who do not believe they have all the answers and who know there is a difference between "talking about social justice" and "enacting social justice"

If you really want a list of some of our most common majors, our students tend to study International Studies, Latin American Studies, the Social Sciences (especially Political Science, Anthropology and Sociology), Environmental Science/Studies, Education, Global Studies, Development Studies, Geography, Communication, Biology, Spanish, Peace and Conflict Studies, Art, and Creative Writing.


Maddy Maurice, '19

 If you're looking for a fair-trade, truly hands-on study abroad experience where you can learn, explore, and create alongside local counterparts and international students alike, then this is the program for you.


Michelle Menkoff, '20

I think the ideal Rehearsing Change student is an open student. A student who is open to being vulnerable and learning in non-conventional ways. The student's major doesn't really matter per-say because as long as the student is open, they can bring so many new ideas into their own fields of studies.


Maria Camila Fredericks, '18

I truly recommend this program to anyone who is passionate about changing the world--- whether that means you're an organizer, a scientist, or an artist who is curious about radical liberation or justice.

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