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:

The Netherlands and Belgium  The Low Countries Flyer 2015.pptxBelgium & The Netherlands : Choices- Past, Present, & Future

The low countries (in the coastal areas of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany) include land that is up to 20 feet below sea level (1/2 of the Netherlands) to land that is over 1,000 feet above sea level. Students will travel from Amsterdam to Ghent, to Maastricht (cities that are 700 - 2000 years old) and back to the North Sea coast in the north of Holland/Friesland, most of it with millennia old farming history. Students will learn about how changes in geography, politics and culture have influenced the people and agriculture of the region. Students will also see how, in turn, choices across the food chain have influenced the geography, politics and culture of these regions. These changes and choices are illustrated by visiting small organic farms to large intensive farms, conventional and new food distribution systems as well as universities, research systems and historic landmarks. Emphasis will be on students integrating geography, culture and agriculture with discussions on choices for the future.

For more information contact:

Dr. John Patterson, ANSC,​

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China: Globalization, Agriculture, & the Environment

China is experiencing unprecedented growth, locally affecting the culture and environment, and globally affecting energy and economic policies. Come learn about the agriculture, history, and culture of China. We will explore the impact of industrialization on the environment, agricultural methods, as well as the history and culture of China and how it affects current methods. Current plans are for students to visit many historic and cultural sites including the Great Wall and Beijing, the Terra Cotta Soldiers and Xian, country stops in Central China, country stops in Southwest China, and Hong Kong.

For more information contact:

Dr. Steven Hallett, HORT/LA,
Dr. David Umulis, ABE,

Colombia Summer 2014 FlyerThis 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 and the Technological University of Pereira.

For more information contact:

Dr. Adriela Fernandez, AGEC,

This program is FULL -  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. W. Scott Downey, AGEC,

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Romania: Animals and Hunger Food Security Service Learning

This program is FULL - 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,​

Spain Study Abroad Flyer 2015 (pdf) 
Spain: Agriculture, Food Production, and Culture

Students will spend 14 days in Spain traveling from Madrid to Barcelona studying food products as well as the cultural and artistic heritage. Students will learn about food products protected under Denomination of Origin including Asturias Apple Cider and Artisanal Cabrales Cheese as well as the differ ent types of Chroizo (spicy pork sausage), anchovies, and olive oil. Among the stops will be visits to production sites, wineries and vineyards, museums, churches, and the Bay of Biscay.

For more information contact:

Dr. Andrea Liceaga, FS,
Dr. Fernanda San Martin-Gonzalez, FS,

Sweden & Norway: International Natural Resources

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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 concerns in the arctic region. 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. Tomas Hook, FNR,
Dr. John Dunning, FNR,

​Zambia: 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 - four student will be chosen to participate. Students will also visit Victoria Falls and the surrounding area in Livingstone, Zambia.

For more information contact:
Dr. Kolapo Ajuwon, ANSC,