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, email@example.com or Wendy Lippert, Assistant Director of International Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org or at 717.776.2511 X 2131 if you have questions.
Messiah College is committed to making off-campus and study abroad opportunities available to students without adding significant financial burden.
The comprehensive fee for each program is listed on web page for semester-long programs. For comparison, a typical semester in Grantham for 2013-2014 is $19,655.
Cross-cultural courses and short-term faculty led courses
In addition to tuition, students will pay travel-related fees between $3,200 - $5,000.
Scholarships for international experiences are available. They are competitive, but Messiah students have been recipients. Deadline dates are early. For some programs a year in advance. Students are advised to explore these options early.
Each of the semester-long program pages, lists a breakdown of what Messiah charges for students to participate. But students will want to remember that there may be additional expenses that will occur including, but not limited to:
- Course fees (for field trips, art supplies, etc)
- Food in some programs
- Domestic transportation
- Transportation around the host country
- Some optional excursions
- Spending money
For fall 2013 and spring 2014 Messiah will arrange and cover the cost of the international portion of your flight. However, if for any reason students are not able to participate in the program, students are responsible for the cost of their flights and any other fees that have been invested on their behalf.
Taking Classes During J-term or May-term When Studying Off-Campus for a Semester
Please read the policy for taking January Term or May Term Courses While Participating in Semester-Long Programs if you are considering taking a class in January or May during a semester that you are participating in a semester-long program. Note: there are additional fees involved.
Working with the Financial Aid Office
The financial aid office will be a valuable resource as you explore your off-campus program. You will want to talk with them about any additional fees that are associated with your program to determine if you are eligible for additional aid. You can reach them at: FINAID@messiah.edu.
Messiah College students are permitted to use up to two semesters of institutional financial aid at a set of approved off-campus programs. A list of these programs is available from the Intercultural Office. A student who has used two semesters of institutional financial aid for off-campus programs can attend additional semesters of these programs, but the only financial aid available for those additional semesters would be from state, federal and other external sources.