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Australia Studies Centre

Australia Studies Centre

Adventure! Academics! Australia!

Explore Australian culture while living with Australian families and taking classes alongside Australian students at Christian Heritage College in Brisbane. “Brisbane is not only a beautiful river city filled with ferries and bridges and sky-scrapers and quirky art installations, but it’s foot-friendly and built for adventure and outdoor experiences. Brisbane is also (close to) . . .  the Great Barrier Reef, Frazier Island, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, and Surfer’s Paradise, the Scenic Rim and Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.” - BestSemester

Additional information is available at Australia Studies Centre.

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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.
  • Sophomores, juniors, seniors
  • 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 University:

    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.

Off-Campus study is a time of challenge and change. The following are some things you should understand about this program before you participate. Students at ASC should anticipate:
 

  • Living and engaging with a host family of a different culture (including Australian, South American, South African, New Zealand) and conflict style. Australian culture can, at times, seem more aggressive and less sensitive than American culture.
  • Spending more time alone than what may be normal on a U.S. university campus.
  • Exerting independence and competence to navigate public transportation (and walking to and from homestay, 1-2 miles) in a city and suburbs on a daily basis.
  • Spending time daily in Brisbane and on the Christian Heritage College campus engaging local Australians, taking buses, exploring, and experiencing changes in diet, climate, and social life.
  • Travelling three to four times per semester for up to four days at a time in locations where there are either limited emergency medical services and counseling services.
  • Experiencing long days of local travel, hiking and walking (up to 8 miles), site visits, and lectures.
  • Experiencing challenging personal, religious, and cultural learning, lectures, field trips, and assignments.
  • Facing daily challenges to step outside of comfort zone and experience difference.
  • Virus-carrying mosquitoes; in 2016 there was heightened threats from mosquitoes for people living in Queensland and Brisbane areas. 

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.

Pass/Fail Option

During their university 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.

The first FIVE DAYS of your classes are critical:

Recognizing that courses change while abroad, a student is required to communicate to the Registrar’s Office within the first FIVE DAYS of classes if their Off-Campus Course Approval Form in Terra Dotta has changed since the original submission/approval. Specifically, if a student desires to change a course to a pass/fail instead of a letter grade, this must be approved by Messiah University Registrar’s Office within the first FIVE DAYS of classes at the host partner program.

Auditing

Students are required to take no fewer than 12 credits towards their overall degree requirements and no more than 18 credits. These 12-18 credits include courses taken as pass/fail and letter grades. However, in addition to those 12-18 degree credits, students who would like to audit an academic course for no credit are permitted to do so for up to one 4 credit hour course for the sake of learning, cultural immersion or personal interest at no additional charge. This audited course will not appear on the Messiah University student’s transcript.

Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.

What do you pay?

TOTAL COSTS = Messiah tuition + Messiah room + Messiah board + Student services fee + $1,910 off-campus study fee*

 *Note: Off-campus study fee increases annually at the same rate as the yearly tuition increase. 

Explore possible scholarships for this program. 

These Costs Include:

  • tuition, housing, meals
  • educational excursions
  • pre-departure, and re-entry orientation
  • international travel insurance
  • student services fee
    • Student Services fee includes access to various services available to all students, including internet access, Learning & Writing Services, Career Services, Disability Services, Library, Department of Safety, Intercultural Office Off-Campus Programs, and other campus offices that provide services to students both on and off campus.

Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.  The deposit is typically requested within two weeks of acceptance.  

 

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.

The tuition/fees charged for Messiah’s approved study abroad programs permits a student to complete 12-18 credits.  Messiah University will process up to 18 credits.  If a student completes more than 18 credits and would like the additional credits applied to their transcript, additional tuition will be charged for credits over 18 and would be assessed after the official transcript is received/processed by Messiah.

Updated 08 April 2019

 

Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines

  • Fall - December 1
  • Spring - April 1

Australia Studies Program Deadlines

 

  • Fall - May 1
  • Spring - December 1

 

Rolling admissions; students are strongly encouraged to apply early

Kelly Carmack

"The most rewarding and interesting part of my experience was finding God in what seemed to be very vacant spaces. On our trip to the Outback it was amazing to see how deep and rich God's creation is."