Short-term Summer ​Faculty Led Programs

For all the short-term summer options please search the programs through Purdue Study Abroad. Below are the opportunities within International Programs in Agriculture.​​

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

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British Columbia/Hawaii

International Natural Resources

This is a joint course for students from North Carolina State University, Swedish University for Life Sciences (SLU), and Purdue. Topics that will be studied are forestry, fishing, and wildlife challenges and opportunities. Students will gain a holistic and thematic view on sustainable use and management of natural resources for different geographic, ecological and social conditions. Location may potentially change to one of the two destinations depending on the course budget.

Dr. John Dunning, FNR,
Dr. Tomas Hook, FNR,
Dr. Douglass Jacobs, FNR, 


Agroecology Field Course in Colombia

Colombia is the second most biologically diverse country in the world, growing and exporting a wide range of tropical crops. The landscape is stunning, spanning the Andes Mountains and bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It has a diverse cultural history that has recently been marked by internal strife. However, following the signing of the recent peace treaty, Colombia is going through a rapid transition period, which includes many new incentives to help small farmers improve and expand their agricultural production. Students participating in this 3-week course will visit many farms growing cacao, coffee, banana and pineapple among other crops, to learn about innovative production practices as well as challenges that still remain to be answered. They will also visit CIAT, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, and other institutions to learn about new approaches with potential to improve the productivity and sustainability of tropical agroecosystems. During this course, students will gain hands-on experience defining, assessing and interpreting factors that contribute to greater sustainability in agroecosystems. They will also have the opportunity to interact with farmers, faculty and other students who share interests in sustainable agricultural development. Finally, there will be time to relax and swim in the Caribbean Sea, soak in hot springs in the Andes Mountains, and learn to salsa dance.

Dr. Lori Hoagland, HORT,


Food Security & Sustainable Development

An international and multi- disciplinary course focusing 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 and the Technological University of Pereira.
Dates: May 13-June 1
Callout: September 28th, 6:30 pm, Krannert 758

Dr. Ken Foster, AGEC,


In the English Landscape

This course includes 3-plus weeks of residence in London, Devizes and Stoke-on-Trent, England with frequent day trips. Students will personally experience some of the world’s most famous designed landscapes and come to understand how English history & culture (from Henry VIII to modern times) have influenced their creation and their very nature.  You’ll intersect with a culture that is, at once, both similar and very different from the USA.
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Callout: Sept 13th, Hort 222, 5:30 pm & Sept 20, University Hall 203, 5:30 pm
Dates: May 14-June 7

Dr. Michael Dana, HORT,
Dr. John Larson, HIST,


Made in Italy: Agricultural Economics in Central Italy

This a 10-day faculty-led student trip through the Italian regions of Tuscany, Umbria, & Liguria. This is a unique opportunity for a select group of Purdue University students to experience Italy in an authentic and immersive way. The primary academic purpose of this program is to educate students on Italian artisanal food products through in-field experiences and workshops. Topics of study include local agriculture practices, small-scale sustainable food production, food-marketing, and international competition. Throughout the trip, students will meet with various local producers and companies to learn about the production, marketing, and distribution of select local and international products. Of special note, students will visit producers of Pecorino Toscana cheese, Brunello di Montalcino & Martelli pasta. There will also be a handful of hands-on activities including a cooking lesson, a cheese production workshop, and a lesson on making authentic Italian pizza. By the end of the trip, students will have a strong understanding of the numerous artisanal producers operating and their place in the international food value chain. Although the trip’s primary goals are academic, a wide array of cultural activities will be included throughout the trip to give students a wider appreciation of the food, history and culture of Italy.

Dr. Michael Gunderson, AGEC,


Produzioni Animali: Exploring Animal Production in Italy

Discover livestock and poultry production in Italy while traveling with other students in your Learning Community. Freshman and sophomore students are invited to explore animal sciences in Italy for 12 days in July, then participate in a required course for your Learning Community during the fall semester on Purdue’s campus. Program participants in this 3-total credit hour experience will visit dairy farms in the Alps, learn about swine production in Parma, and discover how water buffalo are used to produce mozzarella cheese in Lombardy. Students will enjoy sampling parmigiana reggiano cheese, learning how balsamic vinegar is produced, and savoring prosciutto di Parma! During the trip, we will visit with students at agricultural universities, interact with local producers, and engage in conversation with animal industry representatives. Along the way we will compare and contrast animal production practices in Italy and the United States. Time will also be spent exploring cultural sites in Milan, Verona, Florence, and Venice.

Callout: October 11th, 5:30 pm, Lilly 3113A & November 6, 7:00 pm, Lilly 3113A

Dr. Elizabeth Karcher, ANSC,
Ashley York, ANSC,


Animal/Food Security: International Service Learning in Laos  

A unique hybrid opportunity is for 6-8 passionate and hardworking College of Agriculture students to take part in an 8-week paid internship (plus housing) combined with a 4-week unpaid service internship and cultural experience to Laos. You will gain international experience, enhance your working knowledge of swine production, aquaculture and grain production, and impact a growing industry.
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Dates: July 19-August 11
Callout: October 17, 5:30 pm, Lilly 3113A

Dr. Alan Mathew, ANSC,

New Zealand

Purdue Agriculture in New Zealand: Agriculture, Natural Resources and Cultural Study Tour

This faculty-led study tour, in combination with New Zealand’s renown Massey University, will afford participants an opportunity to travel and survey many of New Zealand’s bountiful natural wonders.  This includes national parks, coastal and agricultural landscapes, learning about its unique wildlife, and connecting it all to the rich geographical, historical and cultural heritage of this incredible country.  Students interested in agriculture, renewable natural resources, and the environment, and their intertwined relationship with past and current cultural and societal practices, will benefit from this unique and rewarding study travel experience. The travel itinerary includes time spent in both the South and North Islands of New Zealand, exploring national parks and reserves, visiting production farms, and engaging in Maori culture, along with other interesting stops and events.  Pre-tour and post-tour assignments will be required, as well as full participation in interesting presentations, case studies, and journaling during the actual in-country phase will be expected.  Dr. Fernandez and his family spent a life-changing professional sabbatical at Massey University, and looks forward to sharing the New Zealand experience with our students.

Dr. Marcos Fernandez, OAP,


Communication, Culture & Community Engagement in Transylvania

Purdue students will be part of bi-national teams with students from Cluj Napoca, Romania and live and conduct action research in rural villages.  They will visit medieval towns of Seget and Sighisoara, the home of Vlad Tepes. We are being asked to apply asset based community development (ABCD) principles, participatory action research (PAR), and public engagement methods to evaluate and document community opportunities to promote their cultural sustainability in this historic region. This service learning experience will contribute directly to plans of study for students of agriculture, anthropology, communication, education and sociology.

Dr. Mark Russell, YDAE,
Dr. Kathryn Obenchain, EDPS,     

South Africa

The Intersection of Culture, Agriculture, and Tourism

Although the recent surge in attention to food and agriculture feels like the latest trend, a stream of research exists and informs us about how our systems of cultural practices inform food production. We examine how culture, agriculture, and tourism intersect in South Africa. We do this by studying the relationships that exist between peoples and plants. The focus of our Study Abroad program is to introduce participants to agriculture in South Africa and its rich history of horticulture crop production, natural plant products and agritourism.
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Callout: October 18, Hort 117, 5:30 pm, Free Pizza

Maria Marshall, AGEC,​
Petrus Langenhoven, HORT,​
Sandra Sydnor, HTM,


Smallholder farmers, technologies, market-driven solutions, and their impact on food security

The learning objectives of this 2 ½ week Maymester study abroad program is to provide students interested in agriculture, business, engineering, liberal arts, science and technology with a real life, immersive and transdis­ciplinary educational experience in East Africa. Students will travel to Tanzania to learn about small-holder agri­culture in Tanzania, and how post-harvest food challenges (storage, processing, transport, marketing, supply chain development, etc.) affect food security and income. De­velopment and marketing of innovative solutions will be explored through discussions with farmers, agricultural input dealers, manufacturers, extension staff, researchers, traders and consumers. Students will have opportunity to appreciate the impact of effective intervention on a large-scale adoption of technologies. There will be opportuni­ties for site seeing and to experience the history, natural resources and cultural richness of Tanzania by interacting with people in local communities.
Dates: May 9-23

Dr. Dieudonné Baributsa, ENTM,


Globalization, Agriculture and the Environment

There is unprecedented growth in this region, locally affecting the culture and environment, and globally affecting energy and economic policies. Come learn about the agriculture, history, and culture of Vietnam and China. We will explore the impact of industrialization on the environment, agricultural methods, as well as the history and culture and how it affects current methods. What more could you ask for in a study abroad? Steve Hallett and David Umulis have led study abroad trips to Honduras, Trinidad, Cuba, Vietnam, and China, and they are particularly excited to be able to develop and offer this one. This will be the adventure of a lifetime and a definite box checked-off your bucket list. Join us. Bring your camera.

Dr. Steven Hallett, HORT,
Dr. David Umulis, ABE,​


Kafakumba Training Center

Located in Ndola, Zambia the Kafakumba Training Center started several small businesses such as a wood­working shop, fish farming, and honey production in order to provide jobs and enhance the local economy. Students participating will work to develop project based on their interests and expertise. Project may be related to beekeeping, swine, goats, chickens, sheep, beef and dairy cattle, fisheries, mulberry, or feeding and nutrition. Three to five students will be chosen to participate. Students will also visit Victoria Falls and the surrounding area in Livingstone, Zambia.

Dr. Kolapo Ajuwon, ANSC,​​​​​​​​​​


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