Cross-cultural courses are three-week intensive experiences led by Messiah University faculty. They include intensive study of the society through lectures and readings, as well as either an home-stay and/or community engagement activities. A range of courses with a variety of discipline focuses will immerse students in a different culture, from the Amish in rural Pennsylvania to the tropics of Costa Rica. Additionally, a cross-cultural course may fulfill a student's ELI requirement and one 3-credit language course.
here for a list of current cross-cultural course offerings.
For academic requirement information, contact Asst. Dean of General Education and Common Learning Kate Oswald Wilkins, of Boyer 104, 717.766.2511 Ext. 2801.
For general course information, contact
Katie Rousopoulos, Intercultural Office, Larsen 215, 717.766.2511 Ext.6089.
(For information about individual cross-cultural courses, contact the course faculty leader directly.)
For faculty mentoring and advice, contact
Dr. Fabrizio Cilento Academic Coordinator for Cross-Cultural Courses, Associate Professor of Communication, Boyer 211, 717.766.2511 x2234.
Goals and Objectives
Cross-cultural courses help students:
Identify relevant information about the host culture's history, traditions, politics, geography, including regional differences, if applicable.
Discuss facets in which the host culture differs from their own.
Discuss facets in which the host culture is similar to their own.
Explain insights that they learned about themselves and their own relationships by directly interacting with individuals and groups from the host culture.
Students can earn three credits, fulfilling part of their general education language requirements, by enrolling in one of the cross-cultural study courses offered in May. Students also can fulfill this general education requirement by participating in a Messiah-approved, semester-long, international program. (More information about these programs is available in the Intercultural Office, Larsen 204.)
Cross-cultural course tuition charges are included as part of the spring semester tuition fees. (As long as students do not take more than 18 credits during Spring Term, and May-Term, there will be no additional charges for spring semester tuition.)
There is an additional course fee that covers travel costs for the course (such as flights, hotel fees, international insurance coverage, and in-country transportation costs). The average course fee is $3700.
Students are accepted into cross-cultural courses on a first come, first serve basis. Courses begin recruiting the spring before the term students want to participate. (For instance, May-Term 2022 courses will be recruiting beginning in February 2021.)
Many courses do not have set deadlines, but fill quickly.