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Oregon Extension

Each fall, the Oregon Extension welcomes 20-25 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 four faculty. Three-week classes (Natural World, Social World, Human Person, Religious 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.

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, sound systems, television, and cars are prohibited. Cell phone use is limited to weekends and trips. Use of the Internet on personal laptops is confined to research project and weekends, while share computers for email are available at all times. 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. 

Costs: 2014

Messiah tuition, room.
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 2015 – December 1, 2014


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“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

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