Spend a semester in Seoul, South Korea studying at Korea University. Take classes with Korean and international students and travel to various location around South Korea, such as Jeju Island and Busan. Courses, which are taught in English, are available in a wide range of disciplines including business, chemistry, computing engineering, literature, math, media and communication, physics, psychology, and sociology. Students will participate in a service project and be partnered with a missions mentor.
More information available at Veritas South Korea.
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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, and 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 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:
- Mental health has a stigma in South Korea, although younger generations are becoming more open and accepting with regards to mental health issues.
- HIV carries a heavy stigma in South Korea and students with this virus can encounter prejudice.
- There are a lot of areas that are hilly and students should expect a lot of walking to use public transportation. However, all public transportation is wheelchair friendly.
- Westerners may get a lot of attention in the form of staring, although this should not be mistaken for negative attention in the vast majority of cases. On campus however, this typically is not an issue as students are accustomed to a very international environment.
- Some Koreans may be shy when it comes to interacting with foreigners. This should also not be mistaken for rudeness.
- Drinking is a large part of the culture in South Korea, and students should never feel compelled to drink as a form of socializing and must always abide by the ISA Code of Conduct as well as Messiah’s alcohol policy.
- Tension with North Korea is something that students are aware of, though, like most people living in Seoul, it does not affect their daily life.
- Korea has temperature restrictions in dorms and public buildings, and heaters / air conditioners cannot go over a certain temperature because of the energy saving issues.
- Air quality is not a significant a health concern in Korea although for the last couple of years, it has gotten worse. Some students get sick in the spring as a result, and it is common to see people on the street wear masks.
- Courses may meet general education or major requirements.
- Courses will come back on your transcript with a letter grade.
Messiah tuition, room, and student services fee.
- tuition, housing
- educational excursions
- pre-departure, 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.
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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.
Messiah Pre-Approval Deadlines
- Fall - December 1
- Spring – April 1