Each fall, the Oregon Extension welcomes 25-35 students to a rustic setting in the Cascade Mountains, where serious students can ask their deepest questions, read gripping and challenging books, wrestle with profound ideas in writing, and converse honestly and animatedly with fellow students and six faculty. Three-week classes (Contemporary Society, Social Thought, Human Stories, and Living Faith) allow students to focus on one subject at a time. With 3 or 4 cabin-mates, students buy and cook their own meals. Backpacking, a trip to San Francisco and the Oregon coast, and biking complete the autumn adventure.
For more information about Oregon Extension, check out the Oregon Extension Homepage and the Official Oregon Tourism Web Site.
Goals and Objectives
Providing a retreat from the rush, technologically-driven interruptions, and media distractions of our 21st century, the Oregon Extension encourages students to gain academic confidence and voice as they develop skills in critical reading, note taking, academic and creative writing and participate in daily group discussions and three research project tutorials with a faculty advisor. Community living invites awareness of the difficulty and the desirability of relationships with other students and faculty.
Juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply, along with determined sophomores. To provide a distraction free atmosphere, stereos, television, and cars are prohibited. Cell phone use is limited to weekends and trips. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions (Health & Safety and Growing Globally) the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.
Students who attend the Oregon Extension will earn 16 credits. Courses may meet some general education or major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades. Please refer to the grade conversion chart.
Participation in this program does not meet cross-cultural requirements.
Messiah tuition, room, plus $1,200 off-campus study fee.
Fee covers tuition, housing, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation. Meals are not included. Note: additional fees students may encounter include transportation and meals. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Oregon.
Messiah Application Deadlines
Fall 2014 – January 15, 2014
Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014
Begin the application process at:
“I asked questions and discussed topics that I have always thought about, but been afraid to discuss. I realized those thoughts are good and can deepen my faith.”
-- Eileen Elliot