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Creation Care Study Program: South Pacific)


Discover New Zealand through the Creation Care Study Program!  The programs are geared toward non-science majors, and focus on the concept of Biblical stewardship.  You will meet your cross cultural requirement and also meet general education requirements like laboratory science, science technology and the world, Christian beliefs and literature.


The mountainous islands of New Zealand provide an ideal setting for students to explore environmental stewardship.  New Zealand shelters 12 % of the world’s endangered species; the country actively engages in conservation efforts and promotes ecological awareness.  Through trips to various regions of New Zealand, you will be able to witness your course material firsthand!


Program Advisor
Dr. Erik Lindquist , Jordan 260, 717.766.2511 Ext. 2044

Goals and Objectives
The Creation Care Study Program attempts to:

  • Explore contemporary global issues, drawing from theological, scientific, ethical, sociological, cultural and economic disciplines
  • Integrate faith with personal lifestyle choices
  • Provide valuable experience
  • Examine career goals and interests


Students must have completed one full year of college and have at least a 2.75 GPA to qualify for the program. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.


Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.

Students earn fifteen to sixteen credits that may meet general education requirements. Course offerings are listed below. Courses taken at Creation Care Study Program will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades. Please refer to the grade conversion chart.

Costs: 2014 - 2015 

Messiah tuition, room, board plus $1,700 off-campus study fee.

Fee covers tuition, housing, meals, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation.   Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.  A $300 deposit is typically requested within two weeks of acceptance and will be returned to students directly from CCSP. 


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this program.


Messiah Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


Begin the application process here!


Course Offerings
The Registrar’s Office has determined that the following courses taken at the Creation Care Study Program will fulfill General Education requirements:


General Education Requirement Met
Participation in the program   Cross-Cultural Waiver
Core Courses
New Zealand Ecosystems (4 Credits)   Science
Introduction to Sustainable Community Development (4 Credits)   Science, Technology, and the World
God and Nature (4 credits)   Christian Beliefs
Environmental Literature (3)



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“My faith has been transformed-I now understand and appreciate new ideas like Christian environmental stewardship ethics.”

~ Laura Grovatt


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