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Program Update

 

Update - February 5, 2014

 

There are two updates to the new study abroad parameters for the 2014-2015 academic year:

 

  • The Creation Care Study Program: New Zealand no longer has a 9 student per academic year cap.

 

  • The Oregon Extension no longer has an off-campus fee associated with it.

 

Update - December 20, 2013

 

There are a few new adjustments to off-campus study fees for 2014-2015.  The full list of fees can be found here Fees.  The changes are as follows:

 

  • The following programs now have a $1,200 off-campus study fee (instead of the previously stated $1,700):

    ISA: Paris – Institut Catholique de Paris (France)

    ISA: Paris – The Sorbonne (France)

     

  • The following program continues to have a $1,700 off-campus study fee:

    ISA: Paris – The American Business School of Paris (France)"

 

Update - December 4, 2013

 

There are two brief clarifications on the adjusted parameters listed in the December 2nd update below:

 

  • The Creation Care Study Program: Belize no longer has an off-campus fee associated with it;

 

  • High priced programs are being capped at 9 students per program, per academic year (not 9 students total for all high priced programs per academic year).

 

Update - December 2, 2013

 

Messiah College has been in the process of adjusting our semester-long, off-campus program model so we can sustain viable programming within specific financial parameters.  Messiah's commitment to providing students with global engagement opportunities has not changed, and the College is looking at strategic and innovative ways to broaden these opportunities.  We continue to be deeply committed to offering these transformative experiences to our students in a financially sustainable and cost affordable way both for the College and our students.  

 

Throughout the fall semester, the Study Abroad Working Group met with students and educators on campus to glean their invaluable input into the development of these new parameters.  On Monday, November 25, 2013, the Community of Educators Senate voted to approve the new semester-long, off-campus parameters which will go into effect beginning with Fall 2014 semester-long, off-campus programs participation.  

 

You will find a document outlining these adjusted parameters and the new process and deadlines for applying to semester-long off-campus programs at the following link: Adjusted Parameters

 

In order to answer any questions related to these adjusted parameters, Faith Minnich, Director of International Programs, will be hosting open door hours this week so students and educators can stop by to ask any questions about the new parameters or the process involved in developing them.  You can stop by her office in the Intercultural Office, Larsen Student Union, Room 214, anytime during the following timeframes:

 

  • Monday, December 2 – 8 am to 12 noon
  • Tuesday, December 3 – 10:30 am to 1 pm
  • Wednesday, December 4 – 12 noon to 2:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 5 – 9:30 am to 12 noon
  • Friday, December 6 – 12 noon to 3 pm

 

Students wishing to schedule an advising appointment with an Intercultural Office staff member can do so through this website:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0949AFAD2BA75-advising

 

Students who are ready to begin their Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 semester-long off-campus program applications can do so anytime in the Intercultural Office's online application system, Terra Dotta (where students can log-in using their Messiah username and password): http://intercultural.messiah.edu

 

Any questions on the above can be directed to the Intercultural Office (Intercultural@messiah.edu), Faith Minnich, Director of International Programs (fminnich@messiah.edu), or any of the members of the Study Abroad Working Group listed below. 

 

As global engagement continues to develop at Messiah College, we look forward to many new and exciting journeys on the horizon as students continue to engage in these transformative experiences, both at home and abroad!

 

Sincerely,

 

The Study Abroad Working Group

Faith Minnich, Director of International Programs, co-chair

Dr. Kris Hansen-Kieffer, Vice Provost/Dean of Students, co-chair

Dr. John Beaney, Chair, Department of Modern Languages

Dr. Dean Curry, Director of the College Honors Program

Krisen Houser, SGA President

Dr. Carolyn Kreamer, Chair, Department of Nursing

Wendy Lippert, Assistant Director of International Programs

 

Update - September 26, 2013

 

The Study Abroad Prioritization Working Group, tasked with recommending new study abroad parameters, began meeting in late August and will do so throughout the fall semester. In addition to reviewing extensive research (including benchmarking and best practices), as well as relevant historical data, they have developed a process to solicit feedback from both educators and students, as they recognize each group has valuable and unique perspectives to provide. Director of International Programs, Faith Minnich, on behalf of the Study Abroad Working Group, has begun meeting with department chairs and school deans to give an overview of the process, address any questions or concerns, and gather initial feedback. Faith will also be presenting to Student Senate on the potential changes to gather student feedback and answer any questions on Thursday, September 26, 2013. The Working Group will also be hosting an opportunity for educators to solicit feedback. More details on that event will be available in the coming weeks.

 

The members of the Study Abroad Working Group include:

 

Dr. Kris Hansen-Kieffer, Vice Provost/Dean of Students (co-chair)
Faith Minnich, Director of International Programs (co-chair)
Dr. John Beaney, Chair, Department of Modern Languages
Dr. Dean Curry, Director of the College Honors Program
Kristen Houser, SGA President
Dr. Carolyn Kreamer, Chair, Department of Nursing
Wendy Lippert, Assistant Director of International Programs

 

It is important to note:
• Study abroad at Messiah is not being eliminated, but is being reshaped.
• Existing study abroad requirements in any major will continue in their current form and will be given priority.
• Any changes that will be implemented under the new model will begin in Fall 2014; therefore, there should be little impact on students planning to study abroad in Spring 2014.
• The College is investigating new potential study abroad models and opportunities to continue offering students a wide array of global engagement opportunities.


Please feel free to contact Faith Minnich, Director of International Programs, FMinnich@messiah.edu or 717.766.2511 x2131 with any questions.

 

Update - May 24, 2013

Messiah College’s Education Abroad programs will be adjusting their current model in the upcoming years as it looks to sustain viable programming within specific financial parameters.  International Programs staff will be working closely and diligently with faculty and other campus administrators to develop new parameters and strategies to ensure that these changes have as little impact on student’s abilities to study abroad as possible.  Any changes will be implemented beginning with the Fall 2014 semester.  As soon as the new parameters are established, we will be sure those are clearly communicated to students and advisors so academic planning can commence accordingly.

With this in mind, please know that:

 

  • Messiah College’s commitment to providing students with global engagement opportunities has not changed, and in fact the College is looking at strategic and innovative ways to broaden these opportunities.  We continue to be deeply committed to offering these transformative experiences to our students in a financially sustainable, and cost affordable, way.
  • These changes will not impact any student who is slated to study off campus Fall 2013 and should have minimal impact on students who are planning to study abroad Spring 2014.
  • The support and services the Intercultural Office provides to study abroad students (such as advising, orientation, reentry programming, passport services, coordination with campus offices, etc.) will continue as always. 

 

Please feel free to contact us Faith Minnich, Director of International Programs, fminnich@messiah.edu or Wendy Lippert, Assistant Director of International Programs, wlippert@messiah.edu or at 717.776.2511 X 2131 if you have questions.

 

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