International Students' Programs and Services

Rollins supports a diverse and collaborative learning environment that thrives on mutual respect. When you step foot on Rollins’ campus, you’re joining a global community of scholarship.

Please review this page for information, resources, and groups specific to international students. If you are an international student interested in applying to Rollins, please visit our International Applicants page for admission information.

What international students are saying about Rollins

Naif Mohammed Alraihan
"Public health is new in Saudi Arabia. With this degree, I can go back and help to develop the field there."

-Naif Mohammed Alraihan, Global Health

Futu Chen
"I thought I would feel isolated here as an international student, but people at Rollins are diverse and do global work, so they understand what it’s like to be from another country… I did an internship at the Chinese CDC before I came to Rollins. With my degree in environmental health, I hope to go back and work on issues like air pollution and occupational health."

-Futu Chen, Environmental Health

Rollins International Student Orientation

International students attend Rollins International Orientation prior to general RSPH orientation. This three-day event offers sessions specifically designed for the international student population, including information about adjusting to a new cultural context, accessing support services, and networking.

ESL Program

International students whose first language is not English receive free English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction during their first year at Rollins. Oncer per week, students attend a class which incorporates instruction and practice in English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Global Peer Network

The Global Peer Network (GPN) pairs international students with domestic students who can provide support, guidance, and friendship to incoming international students. In addition to meeting on an individual basis, GPN participants are invited to social events throughout the school year.

International Student Newsletter

The Office of Student Services sends out an international student newsletter full of academic, social, and career information for international students. If you are an international student, this newsletter will automatically be emailed to you.

Rollins International Student Advisory Board

The Rollins International Student Advisory (RISAB) promotes communication and collaboration among its members and other student-chartered organizations at Rollins and Emory University, such as RSGA. RISAB members meet monthly to discuss and advise Student Services on international students’ needs and concerns. RISAB's vision is for the Rollins’ international student body to become fully integrated into Rollins, Emory University, and the greater Atlanta community.

Volunteer Peer Editors

Second-language learners who would like assistance editing their papers throughout the school year can request help from one of Rollins’ Volunteer Peer Editors (VPEs). VPEs are MPH students with native English speaker proficiency who volunteer to help ESL learners with papers by checking grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Sign up here to request a meeting with a VPE.
Meet our Spring VPE's!

Academic Writing Center

The Office of Student Services offers a free Academic Writing Center open to all Rollins students. We can help you organize your ideas, develop a writing plan, and identify grammatical mistakes with our one-on-one, in-person tutoring services.
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Conversation Practice Sessions

Rollins offers free conversation practice sessions for second language learners. Topics range from work, hobbies, and school to the values, norms, and traditions of students’ home cultures. Sessions are offered twice per week, and each session is limited to ten students.

International student at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Non-U.S. citizens are ineligible for federal financial aid and are responsible for full tuition and living expenses. Click here for information from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health on financing a degree in publich health and here for more information on possible financial resources.
Also, click here for a list of Scholarships that Accept Applications from International Students.

REAL Program

In the second semester of their first year, international students can earn additional financial assistance through the Rollins Earn and Learn (REAL) program (our work-study opportunity).

Fellowship Programs

In 2015-2016, students received funding through the following programs:

King Abdullah Fellows

The King Abdullah Fellowship Program is a joint effort with the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The program was established to further strengthen the health care system of the kingdom by boosting the public health capacity.

Humphrey Fellows

Humphrey Fellows come from all over the world. Currently, Rollins is hosting fellows from Pakistan, China, Ethiopia, Albania, Honduras, Burma (Myanmar), Nigeria, Burundi, Togo, Thailand, Tanzania, and Liberia.

Foege Fellows

The William H. Foege Fellowships in Global Health honor the career and achievements of one of the world's leading figures in public health. This year, Rollins welcomes Foege Fellows from Kenya and Haiti. 

World Learning Fellows

World Learning is a nonprofit organization advancing leadership through education, exchange, and development programs in more than 60 countries. This year, three Malawi students are attending Rollins as World Learning Fellows.

For more information about these and other funding opportunities, click here.

Emory University's Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) can answer questions related to visas, working in the U.S., obtaining a driver’s license, and other issues.

Emory’s Office of International Student Life connects international students to meaningful campus life opportunities, organizes intentional events and programs to highlight the diversity of nationalities and cultures at Emory, and provides opportunities for all Emory students to connect in a meaningful way.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Hannah Nicol, Assistant Director of International Student Affairs & ESL at

Meet Hannah

Hannah Nicol, Rollins School of Public Health

As Assistant Director of International Student Affairs & ESL, Hannah Nicol develops and implements programs and ESL support for international MPH students. Although she holds a U.S. passport, Hannah was raised in Nigeria and has spent most of her life abroad. She completed an M.Ed. in Higher Education & Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina in 2010 then moved to Macau on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. From there she taught college students in Hong Kong for four years before joining Emory in 2016. Along with seeing the world, Hannah loves to cook, eat, grow and talk about food!