NYC Semester: The King's College

NYC Semester: The King's College

Journalism, business, and theater students can spend a semester in New York City exploring their discipline through classroom instruction, internships, and networking. Spend a semester in the major city and take advantage of all it offers as part of The King's College NYC Semester

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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.

  • Second semester sophomore, juniors, and 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 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:

  • New York City is a fast-paced, crowded, costly and often intimidating place for those who have little experience in such an environment. This is known to cause higher levels of stress for people who live here including college students.  Kings College has 2 full-time staff counselors available to students who desire emotional/mental support.
  • Don't even think about bringing a car to campus!  People's shoes are their cars in Manhattan.  To get from a to b, when you're not walking, you'll likely be standing on a crowded subway train or bus.  There are handicap accessible portions of the city, but in general it is important that you are physically capable of walking long distances in various types of weather. 
  •  NYCS students live in campus housing, which typically consists of a single bedroom apartment (for 4 people) or a studio (for 2 people) with a kitchen, small sitting area and one bathroom. This sort of living situation is likely to be a challenge for students who are used to having more space.
  • Living in an autonomous setting where the student is in charge of grocery shopping, meal planning and prep and budgeting for expenditures.  There is no meal plan.  Each apartment has its own kitchen.  There is a subsidized cafeteria on The King’s College campus that is open weekdays for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.  
  • NYC is at about sea level and is surrounded by water. This comes with the possibility of hurricane weather and other extreme conditions. Depending on the time of year, New Yorkers are often subject to blizzards, heat waves, extreme wind, and extreme humidity. It is important for NY-ers to know the forecast and to be prepared for all types of weather. 

Courses may meet general education or major requirements.

Courses will come back on your transcript with a letter grade

Participation in this program does not meet cross-cultural requirements.

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.


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.

What do you pay?

TOTAL COSTS = Messiah tuition + Messiah room + Students services fee

These Costs Include:

  • tuition, housing
  • pre-departure, and re-entry orientation
  • student services fee
    • Student Services fee includes access to various services available to all students, including internet access, the Learning & Writing Centers, 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.


  • Meals are not included. 
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from New York City. 


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