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.
Additional information available at Gordon in Orvieto.
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 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.
Know Before you Go - Challenges
Off-Campus study is a time of challenge and change. The following are some things you should understand about this program before you participate:
- Orvieto is a small town, so students will not be living in a big, fast paced city where there is always something to do. Learning to slow down and be present is a strong overarching value of the program. Students who want to have the type of study abroad experience where they are off on their own, living abroad and managing their own life and classes independently may not find this a good fit.
- Because this program is a small and very intentional community of learners, all students who apply to the program need to know that the expectation is that they understand and are willing to/desirous of living in this type of community.
- All meals are taken together (prepared by the program’s chef at the program and with no choices). Meals times are set and are an integral part of the community life. The program can accommodate food allergies and vegetarian students.
- There is a great deal of walking in the program. Virtually every field trip (to Rome, Florence, local organic farm, etc.) involves walking and/or hiking. Many times visits to other Italian cities involves walking up to 8 or 10 miles in a day. In addition, students in some classes take part in a pilgrimage which is two days of walking.
- There is a chair lift in the convent for students with mobility issues, which makes most of the spaces where the students live, eat, take classes and work in the studio accessible.
- Internet access is limited and slow. Students need to be prepared for much less internet time/access than they are used to.
- There have been recent terrorist attacks in Western Europe.
Courses may meet major or general education requirements.
Students take a three credit course in Italian
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.
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 $1,850 off-campus study fee .
Explore possible scholarships for this program.
- 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
- international travel insurance
Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.
** airfare fees over $1,000 will be added to students bills once we receive an invoice from Gordon College.
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.
*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