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Philipps University: Marburg, Germany
Study Abroad

Want to live in a 13th-century stone castle on a hilltop?  The Landgrafenschloss castle is a housing option for students on this program.  Experience German culture firsthand in Marburg, a large university town with medieval roots located within the scenic Lahn River Valley.  Intensify your German language skills by designing an individualized language study program and by taking classes taught by German professors at the oldest Protestant university in the world.   During their time in Germany, students travel with the program to significant locations like Berlin, Vienna,Hamburg, and Verdun, France.  The city of Marburg offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities for leisure time!


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BCA Study Abroad offers students, who are seriously interested in enriching their college experiences, an opportunity to enhance their curriculum with a semester or year of study abroad.


Program Advisor
Dr. John Beaney, Boyer 157, 717.766.2511 Ext. 3610

Goals and Objectives
BCA Study Abroad attempts to integrate American students into an overseas university, allowing them to broaden their horizons, to experience different cultures, and to practice speaking another modern language.

For programs in Spain and Germany students must have completed two full years of college,  have a 3.0 GPA or higher,  and have completed 202 or 206 level (*301 recommended for Spain) language courses; recommendations from language faculty are a large part of the application process.  

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.

Credits / Grades
The 15 or 16 credits students earn each semester may meet some general education or major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.
(Please refer to the grade conversion scale).


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.

Costs: 2014-2015

Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.

Messiah tuition, room, board, plus $1,700 off-campus study fee. Also a $250 deposit.

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. 


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!



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“I joined an international Church while I was in Germany, and so I was able to speak with Christians around the world. They helped to challenge my theology with their own, made me defend my thinking.”

--Rebekah Raffensperger


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