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Maymester/Short Term

Maymesters are designed so that students are able to enroll in another su​mmer session course, participate in an internship, or still have time for a summer job upon returning from the course. Program fees vary for each course, but range $2500 - $4500. Most cases the program fee includes airfare, lodging, most meals, overseas medical insurance, some cultural activities, most in-country transportation and orientation materials. Different Maymesters are offered each year.

  • Earn 3 Purdue credits
  • Programs are 2-4 weeks in length
  • Led by Purdue faculty members
  • No foreign language requirements
  • Pay a $304.70 Study Abroad Fee in lieu of regular in-state or out-of state tuition/fees
  • Limited enrollment
  • Do not need to be majoring in the subject matter, but have an interest

The 2014 Maymester programs are:



Learn about: 


·   Environmental concerns
·   The tropical Amazon forest and the dryer upland forests
·   The culture of Brazil
·   Attempts being made to save the Atlantic Forest
·   The coastal and central highland plantation and their uses
Visit:  Soybean and sugar cane fields; cultural sites of Brazil; forest of Aracruz, Rio de Janeiro.  A portion of the course will be taught in partnership with the Federal University of Viçosa. Students from the University of Illinois will be participating as well.
For more information contact: 
Dr. Osvaldo Campanella, ABE,


Oct. 1st
ABE 204
5 pm​
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Canada: International Natural Resources

This is a joint course for students from North Carolina State University, Swedish University for Life Sciences (SLU), and Purdue. Students will study in the Maritime Provinces in Canada. Topics that will be studied are forestry, fishing, and wildlife concerns (Canada lynx, Atlantic puffin, marine mammals). Students will take a whale watching trip off the coast. Students will gain a holistic and thematic view on sustainable use and management of natural resources for different geographic, ecological, and social conditions.
For more information contact:
Dr. John Dunning, FNR,
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Colombia: Food Security and Sustainable Development
This course provides an international and multidisciplinary perspective on food security and resources. Focus will be case studies that represent different regions of the world with special emphasis on the changing conditions for tropical agriculture.  The case studies, discussed in the context of the Millennium Development Goals, will help students gain knowledge and understanding of regional variations of food security and resources, sustainable development and economic growth throughout the world. This is a four-week course, which offers units on social and demographic changes, on the physical environment, global climate change, economic systems, and global trade. Purdue will partner with the University of Caldas, UC, and the Technological University of Pereira, UTP. The first week will be in Pereira at the UTP, second week is in Manizales at the UC. During these two weeks Purdue Students will have access to the course material: PPT slides with class’s notes, course program, and reading materials in English while their instruction will be in English and Spanish. The third week will be back on campus and work via video-conference with students in Colombia. The last week is for finishing the course’s written paper in English.

For more information contact:
Adriela Fernandez, IPIA, AGEC,

Oct. 17th
5:30 pm
Kran 661

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Denmark & Sweden: An Overview of the Horse Industry and Extension

This course will focus on the horse industry.  Students will visit equine veterinary hospitals, see equine research, and listen to lectures on genetics and animal breeding.  Students will visit breeding farms and equine operations.
For more information contact:
Dr. Colleen Brady, YDAE,
Sept. 10th
4:30 pm
AGAD 128
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This course is in Corsham, England integrating history, horticulture, and landscape architecture. Students will understand how English history & culture have influenced the shaping of English gardens, parks, and landscapes; gain an appreciation for a society that places a very high value on the cultivation of ornamental plants and the design of beautiful landscapes; see how landscapes and gardens address the human concerns of individuals and whole communities; experience life in England.
For more information contact:
Dr. Michael Dana, HORT,
Dr. John Larson, HIST,

Sept. 25th
5:30 pm
Hort 117


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Students will visit small farms in Ireland to see how they produce traditional Irish products.  Examples of these include butters, cheeses, meats, cereal grains, potatoes, wool, whiskey and ales. Students will travel to Dublin and spend time at small inns through the Irish countryside.  The program will begin with discussions of Irish history and culture relating to agriculture and food.  Students will learn how modern issues of economics and geopolitics shape even small producers in Europe, who retain close connections with local communities, historic sites, and traditional practices.  The small size of this program allows for intimate interaction with growers, visits to small venues, and personal understanding of economic and trade issues that affect agritourism, production, and marketing of boutique agriculture and food products in rural and urban Ireland.
For more information contact:
Dr. W. Scott Downey, AGEC,

Italy: Small Holder Food Production and Marketing

Students will travel to Reggio Emilia and the Tuscany regions of Italy. Students will have an opportunity to gain a better understanding of marketing by experiencing agrotourism among smallholding and microfood producers in Italy. The program will provide students with examples of all facets of marketing of these products, from the segments served by the producers (consumer, trade, and distribution) or local processors, to product development, pricing, distribution in various channels and promotion activities at these small facilities. the program will begin with research on the marketing of local production from small holding producers in the US, which will serve as a comparison to those which will be observed abroad. It will continue with research on the availability of Italian food products in the US, understanding of economic and trade issues affecting production from small holders in Italy within the EU and to the US, and distribution of Italian consumers around the world. The course will include trips to farms and production facilities, as well as personal interaction with the products produced by these entities.
For more information contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Yeager, AGEC,

Italy: Experiencing the Food, Wine and Culture

Students will tour vineyards and artisan wineries in the world’s largest wine producing country, and explore the production of gourmet agricultural products, such as prosciutto and salami, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, pasta and parmesan cheese.

For more information contact:
Dr. Christian Butzke, FS,
Dr. Mario Ferruzzi, FS,  

Romania: Animals and Hunger Food Security Service Learning

This course is in cooperation with Heifer International and the Agricultural Sciences & Veterinary Medicine University of Banat, Timisoara, Romania. Students will work in bi-national teams across agricultural and community disciplines working to contribute to sustainable community projects through application of agricultural ecology, animal well-being focused management, and economic agribusiness projects. Weekends will be spent visiting historic and cultural sites.
For more information contact:
Dr. Mark Russell, ANSC,
Dr. Paul Ebner, ANSC,
​ Callouts:
Sept. 9th 5:30 pm Lilly Room 3-113
Sept. 24th
  6:30 pm
Lilly Room 3-1113
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Romania: A Culture-Centered Service Learning Program in Agricultural Communication

This course is in cooperation with Heifer International and the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Students majoring in agricultural communications will participate in a two-week service-learning program with the Heifer Romania team. Staying with Heifer Romania beneficiaries in Rasca and Belin, students will be tasked to help host families with on-farm chores, develop informational and promotional materials for two Heifer Romania projects (“Milk for Orphans” and “Chance for All”), and conduct basic social science research in cultural understanding and engagement. Sightseeing and downtime throughout the Transylvanian region will be integrated into the two-week trip.
For more information contact:
Dr. Abigail Borron, YDAE,

Oct. 10th
5:30 pm
AGAD 128

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