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Academic Advising: Frequently Asked Questions

When should I declare a major?
Students are encouraged to select a major no later than the second semester of their sophomore year. This is necessary to allow adequate time for meeting graduation requirements in that major.

How do I change my major?
Changing a major is done through the academic office (located on the ground floor of Old Main). The student obtains a change of major request card from the office, obtains the signature of the department chair of the new major and returns the card to the academic office.

How can I get involved in Christian service while at Messiah College?
The Agape Center coordinates a variety of programs. Visit their website for further information.

How can I get credit to meet requirements for my major, general education, or international education by doing service?
Look at the Agape Center website to learn more about the Service Learning course.

What opportunities are available for off-campus study?
Messiah College offers more than 25 off-campus study options including study abroad, cross cultural, exchange programs, internships, service/missions, and the Philadelphia Campus. A complete listing of opportunities is available in the Education Abroad Office or by browsing the Education Abroad website.

What is the cost of off-campus study programs?

Semester-long programs: all but one of the semester-long, international programs cost the same as what a full-time, residential student would pay to study in Grantham and that includes the cost of round-trip, international airfare!

Three-Credit, Cross-Cultural Courses: There are additional costs for three-credit, January-Term or May cross cultural courses. Students pay travel costs in addition to tuition. Travel costs range anywhere from $1,700 to approximately $3,000.

Scholarships: Messiah College allows students to apply two semesters of financial aid to participate in Messiah-approved, study programs.

When should I begin to explore options for off-campus study?

NOW! It is imperative that you begin exploring your options as early as possible. You need to plan carefully-with the guidance of your advisor--courses that you will be taking both on and off campus and to discern which semester or semesters will be best for you to participate.

Can I still graduate on time if I study off-campus?

Yes, the key is to start early! Visit the Education Abroad Office to explore your options. Meet with your advisor to determine which programs and courses will be compatible with your field of study. Apply up to a year in advance.

Where do I go to get information?

The Messiah College Education Abroad Office was established to provide a place for you to explore your options for off-campus study. It is located in the Eisenhower Campus Center across from the snack shop and is adjacent to the Career Center. The office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. You can begin your search by browsing the Education Abroad web page.


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