Student Visitor Program
Messiah University students can apply to study for a semester at any of the schools in the Christian College Consortium, which Messiah University is a member, without the hassle of exhaustive application forms, putting the educational resources of 12 other colleges at their disposal. To learn about off-campus programs sponsored by Consortium schools. Please see international options available at the Consortium Schools listed below.
Non-Messiah University students from Christian College Consortium schools (see list of participating schools below), who wish to apply through the Student Visitor Program to come to Messiah for a semester should complete the Student Visitor Program application and mail it to:Admissions Messiah University One University Avenue, Suite 3005 Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
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
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.
Courses may meet general education or major requirements.
Courses will come back on your transcript with a letter grade
Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in Consortium school-run, semester-long, INTERNATIONAL programs. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.
Participation in this program does not necessarily meet cross-cultural requirements.
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.
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.
Students will pay the tuition fees of Messiah or the visiting school, whichever is higher, and the room and board costs of the visiting school.
- Additional fees you may encounter include (but are not limited to) visas, transportation, immunizations, and course fees.
- Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this program.
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 03 March 2021
*Note: Off-campus study fee increases annual at the same rate as the yearly tuition increase.
Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines
- Fall - December 1
- Spring - April 1
- Balkans Semester - pre-approval application
- Spring only
- Gordon IN Orvieto - pre-approval application