Gordon in Orvieto
The landscape of pre-modern Italy, populated by saints, mystics, artists, and poets, provides a foundation for this semester in Orvieto. Students examine these traces of Western classical civilization, exploring its relationship with present-day European culture. Especially appropriate for studio art majors, this program offers classes in the visual arts, creative writing, history, and literature.
Christine Forsythe, Frey 23
717.776.2511 Ext. 3710
Experiential Learning Initiative - ELI
All Messiah approved semester-long, off-campus programs are approved and designed to meet the requirements for the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI). To learn more about the process, please explore the ELI Off-Campus Study Information Page.
- Students will complete all of the Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) requirements that are a part of this program.
- Sophomore, juniors, seniors
- 3.0 GPA or higher
Since studying off-campus for a semester is a privilege, please note the following implications of being place on probation at Messiah College:
Chapel Probation: A student currently on chapel probation for the first time (or with an impending chapel probation for the upcoming semester) will be required to meet with the Director of the Intercultural Office to determine the potential impact on the student’s upcoming semester off-campus. If a student has been placed on chapel probation more than once during their time at Messiah, they will not be eligible to study off-campus for a semester.
Academic Probation or Low GPA: A student on academic probation or whose GPA drops below 2.75 will be not be eligible to study off-campus.
Disciplinary Probation: A student who has been placed on disciplinary probation at any time during the off-campus study application / acceptance process will be required to meet with the Director of the Intercultural Office to determine the potential impact on the student’s upcoming semester off-campus.
- Courses may meet some general education or major requirements.
- Students take a three credit course in Italian.
- Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.
- 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.
Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.
Messiah tuition, room, board, and student services fee plus $2,097 off-campus study fee*.
- tuition, housing, meals
- educational excursions
- Partial airfare as provided by Gordon**
- pre-departure and re-entry orientation
- studio fee will be assessed for each special topics course.
Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.
Explore possible scholarships for this program.
*Off-campus study fee increases annual at the same rate as the yearly tuition increase.
**Once flights are booked, students are responsible for the cost of the flight if they cannot participate for any reason, including visa issues. Also, flight costs over $1,000 will be added to students’ accounts once Messiah receives invoices from Gordon.
Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines
- Fall - December 1
- Spring – April 1
Gordon in Orvieto Deadlines
- Fall - March 15
- Spring - October 15