China Studies Program
THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT BE OFFERED 2017-2018 WHILE BESTSEMESTER EVALUATES POSSIBLE REVISIONS.
Experience firsthand the daily realities of this powerful country by living at Xiamen University and spending time in Hong Kong, Xi’an, Shanghai, Beijing, and an area of rural China. The program includes Chinese language study, courses in Chinese history, contemporary society, and intercultural communication as well as possible business internships. Opportunities like weekly English language tutoring sessions help CSP students develop relationships with the students of Xiamen University while developing language proficiency.
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.
- Two full years of college
- Will accept sophomores in extenuating circumstances.
- 2.75 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 communicate or 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 major or general education requirements.
Courses 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.
During their college careers, students may take a maximum of four courses on a pass/fail (P/F) basis with these conditions:
-Such a course must be from a discipline other than those required for the student's major or minor.
-Courses fulfilling requirements for a major, minor, or general education may not be used.
-Students may declare their intention to take a course under the Pass/Fail option when they register or through the first calendar week of classes at the beginning of the new term. Students may also select to return to the letter grade system during this same time period. The selection cannot be changed after the first calendar week of classes.
-The cut-off point to obtain a P is C–.
-The instructor will submit only conventional letter grades to the Registrar's Office. This office will then convert the grade to P or F. (An instructor does not know which students are taking a course on a pass/fail basis.
Note: Students must declare their intention to take a course under the pass/fail option when they register or during the first FIVE DAYS days at the beginning of the new term. Students may also select to return to the letter grading system during this same time period. The selection on record after the first week of classes cannot be changed.
Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines
- Fall - December 1
- Spring - April 1
China Studies Program Deadline
- Fall - June 1
- Spring - November 1
Rolling admissions; students are strongly encouraged to apply early
Messiah tuition, room, board, and student services fee.
Explore possible scholarships for this program.
- tuition, housing, meals
- educational excursions
- pre-depature and re-entry orientation
- international travel insurance
- Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.
Credit Limit Policy for Semester-Long, Off-Campus Program
Typically when students study off-campus in Messiah-approved, semester-long programs, students earn between 13 and 18 credits. All students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits; some programs require that students be enrolled in more. Students must complete the minimum credits required by the program.
In rare instances, students will be able to earn more than 18 credits off campus. If that occurs, students will be required to pay Messiah’s overload credit or whatever credit fee the program charges (whichever is higher) to Messiah for the additional course fees.
Students who audit classes on top of their regular course load will not incur additional fees unless the program charges for auditing courses whether students go over 18 credits or not.
*Note: Off-campus study fee increases annual at the same rate as the yearly tuition increase.
The Registrar's Office has determined that the following courses taken at the China Studies Program will fulfill General Education requirements:
|Contemporary Society: Public Policy and Economic Development||Non-Western|
|Chinese I (3 credit) and Chinese II (must take the six-credits to fulfill two language courses)||6 credits of language|
|Eastern Philosophy and Religion||Religion|
|Physical Education (Tai Chi)||P.E. Activity|
|Dimensions of East Asian Culture||Art|
|Participation in the Program||Cross-Cultural Waiver|