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International Programs

International Travel


International travel is often a valuable part of a Messiah College education.  Students have many opportunities to travel internationally during their time at Messiah, not only through our established semester-long academic program partners, but also through the following avenues:






  • Cross-Cultural Courses
  • Intercultural Office and General Education
  • Discipline-based cross-cultural courses with international components
  • Intercultural Office
  • Collaboratory site teams
  • School of Science, Engineering and Health


  • Collaboratory site teams
  • School of Science, Engineering and Health
  • Performing arts groups (i.e. Concert Choir)
  • School of the Arts
  • Service teams
  • Agape Center for Service and Learning
  • Sports service teams
  • Athletics





  • SERV231/232: Service-learning course 6-8-week service project requirement
  • Agape Center for Service and Learning
  • International Internships
  • Internship Center
  • Field experience requirement for cross-cultural ministries concentration
  • Department of Biblical and Religious Studies
  • Practicum for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Sider Institute
  • Collaboratory
  • School of Science, Engineering and Health
  • TEP 439: Student Teaching: Domestic and International
  • Teacher Education Program


The protocols, procedures, and policies contained in the International Student Travel Manual provide guidelines for requesting, facilitating or participating in the above-mentioned international student travel opportunities through Messiah College. They have been implemented as best practice and are maintained by the International Risk Management Committee, co-chaired by the Vice Provost/Dean of Students and the Director of International Programs:


International Student Travel Manual (PDF/Word)

(Last updated 8/28/13)


NOTE:  This manual does not address semester-long international program opportunities (including the International Business Institute).  For more information on those opportunities, please contact Intercultural Office at or 717.766-2511 x 2131.


This manual will be updated each semester. 


The following forms are found in the International Student Travel Manual and are available here for download:


Program Coordinator Checklist (PDF/Word)

Partner Organization Approval Form and Vetting Process (PDF/Word)

Partner Organization Considerations and Criteria (PDF/Word)

Educator Group Request Form (PDF/Word)

Cross-Cultural Pre-Approval Form (PDF/Word)

General Education Course Proposal: Cross-Cultural Studies (PDF/Word)

Cross-Cultural Leader Checklist (PDF/Word)

Individual Student Request Form (PDF/Word)

Emergency Contact Information Form (PDF/Word)

Medical Authorization and Release (PDF/Word)

Health Information Form for International Travel (PDF/Word)

Study Abroad Contract (PDF/Word)

Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability (PDF/Word)

Alcohol Agreement for Off-Campus Programs (PDF/Word)

Leader Protocols for International Travel (PDF/Word)

Volunteer Profile Form (PDF/Word)

Consent for Volunteer Reference and Background Checks (PDF)

Supplemental Waiver for Independent International Travel (PDF/Word)

In-Country Emergency Contact Form (PDF/Word)


Questions?  Contact Faith Minnich, Director of International Programs at or 717.796.1800 x7373.