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International Programs

Partner Organizations

 

All Messiah College students or groups traveling internationally require an approved partner organization.  The appropriate Messiah College Program Coordinator for an international opportunity must complete the following steps to obtain approval for student or group involvement in a new partner organization (hereafter "Partner Organization"):

 

  • Vetting Process for New Partner Organizations

  • The Program Coordinator will begin a Partner Organization Approval Form.

  • The Program Coordinator will forward the list of Partner Organization Considerations and Criteria to the Partner Organization for completion and return to the Program Coordinator prior to student involvement with that organization.

  • The Program Coordinator will review the Partner Organization responses with their program administrators to vet the educational aspects of the organization.

  • The Program Coordinator will then forward the completed Partner Organization Considerations and Criteria to the Office of International Programs and the Intercultural Office for review and approval. 

  • If any concerns are raised, the Office of International Programs and the Intercultural Office will communicate with the Program Coordinator any follow-up questions for the Partner Organization.

  • If necessary, the Office of International Programs and the Intercultural Office will bring the Partner Organization approval request to the International Risk Management Committee for final approval:

  • The Chair of the International Risk Management Committee will communicate the final decision to the Program Coordinator, who will contact the Partner Organization.

  • If the International Risk Management Committee rejects the Partner Organization, it will be communicated in writing directly to the Partner Organization by the Chair of the International Risk Management Committee.

  • The Office of International Programs and the Intercultural Office will keep an updated list of approved international partner organizations.

  • If approved, the Program Coordinator will work with the Partner Organization to collect relevant information for student participation.

  • The Program Coordinator will complete a Program Coordinator Checklist for each individual or group and submit necessary information to the Office of International Programs and the Intercultural Office within established timeframes.

  • The Program Coordinator will serve as the main College contact with the Partner Organization throughout the duration of student involvement with that organization.

  • Once a Partner Organization is approved, it will not be required to submit criteria for approval each year, but are expected to alert the appropriate College Program Coordinator of any changes to their organization that may affect or alter student involvement.  The Program Coordinator will keep the Office of International Programs and the Intercultural Office apprised of any relevant changes within the Partner Organization.