Messiah College is committed to making off-campus and study abroad opportunities available to students without adding significant financial burden. Additionally Messiah:
- Includes cost of international flights
- Allows students to take all of their financial aid (both institutional and governmental aid) with them for up to two semesters
The comprehensive fee for each program is listed on web page for semester-long programs. For comparison, a typical semester in Grantham for 2012-2013 is $19,655.
Cross-cultural courses and short-term faculty led courses
In addition to tuition, students will pay travel-related fees between $3,200 - $5,000.
Scholarships for international experiences are available. They are competitive, but Messiah students have been recipients. Deadline dates are early. For some programs a year in advance. Students are advised to explore these options early.
Each of the semester-long program pages, lists a breakdown of what Messiah charges for students to participate. But students will want to remember that there may be additional expenses that will occur including, but not limited to:
- Course fees (for field trips, art supplies, etc)
- Food in some programs
- Domestic transportation
- Transportation around the host country
- Some optional excursions
- Spending money
Messiah arranges and covers the cost of the international portion of your flight. However, if for any reason students are not able to participate in the program, students are responsible for the cost of their flights and any other fees that have been invested on their behalf.
Taking Classes During J-term or May-term When Studying Off-Campus for a Semester
Please read the policy for taking January Term or May Term Courses While Participating in Semester-Long Programs if you are considering taking a class in January or May during a semester that you are participating in a semester-long program. Note: there are additional fees involved.
Working with the Financial Aid Office
The financial aid office will be a valuable resource as you explore your off-campus program. You will want to talk with them about any additional fees that are associated with your program to determine if you are eligible for additional aid. You can reach them at: FINAID@messiah.edu.
Messiah College students are permitted to use up to two semesters of institutional financial aid at a set of approved off-campus programs. A list of these programs is available from the Intercultural Office. A student who has used two semesters of institutional financial aid for off-campus programs can attend additional semesters of these programs, but the only financial aid available for those additional semesters would be from state, federal and other external sources.