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 Summer 2017 Maymester programs are:

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Belgium & 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, jpatters@purdue.edu

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Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong

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 Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong  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.  Current plans are for students to visit many historic and cultural sites.

For more information contact:
Dr. Steven Hallett, HORT/LA, halletts@purdue.edu
Dr. David Umulis, ABE, dumulis@purdue.edu  

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Costa Rica

Biodiversity and Conservation in the Tropics

Students will conduct field studies in lowland rainforest and cloud forests ecosystems, gaining valuable field experience and a firsthand knowledge of the rich flora and fauna of this remarkable Central American country. Students will stay at two institutions leading the way in modern conservation practices. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of field sampling, including collection, preparation, and documentation of specimens. Required field activities will be physically demanding, often in wet and muddy conditions, and include both day and night hikes in the forest. Students will be required to keep a detailed research journal, work in teams, and give an oral presentation of their work. There will be a class before and after the Costa Rica course.

 

 http://www.entm.purdue.edu/perc/costarica/

For more information contact:
Dr. Christian Krupke, ENTM, ckrupk@purdue.edu
Dr. Eugenio Nearns, ENTM, enearns@purdue.edu     

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France & Ireland

The Role of Horses in European Culture and Society

 

 

Students will visit France, one of the leading horse countries in Europe. While in France, they will visit the French National Riding School in Saumur, and see a performance of the Cadre Noir. In addition, they will attend the Normandy Horse Show, a horse dairy, breeding farms, and learn about systems of equestrian education. Approximately 50% of the itinerary will highlight the history and culture of France, and include visits to Versailles, the Louvre, the Bayeux tapestry and the beaches of Normandy.

 

For more information contact:

Dr. Colleen Brady, YDAE, bradyc@purdue.edu

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Ireland

Small Farm Production and Marketing in Ireland

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 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, downeyws@purdue.edu

Italy

Made in Italy: Agricultural Economics in Central Italy

 

This is a 10-day course through the Italian regions of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, & Liguria. The primary academic purpose of this program is to educate students on the Italian food-value chain through personal in-field experiences. Topics of study include local agriculture practices, small-scale sustainable food production, food-marketing, and the domestic and international food value chain. 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 Parmigiano-Reggiano, Brunello di Montalcino & Prosciutto di Parma. Tours will also be scheduled at the ALMA International School, the Port of Genoa, and a Parmalat dairy production site. By the end of the trip, students will have a strong understanding of the numerous and highly integrated companies operating within the different stages of the Italian and international food value chain.

Although the trip’s primary goals are academic, a wide array of hands-on and cultural activities (e.g. cooking classes, historical tours) will be included throughout the trip to give students a wider appreciation of the food, history and culture of Italy. As a final incentive for a week of intensive touring, the students will enjoy 3 days in the enchanting Cinque Terre to relax and explore.

 

For more information contact:
Dr. Mike Gunderson, AGEC, mgunders@purdue.edu

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Laos Internship

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.

For more information:
AgAbroad@purdue.edu

Romania

Animals and Food Security Service Learning Experience

 

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. Paul Ebner, ANSC, pebner@purdue.edu   

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​CALLOUTS:
​October 24th & 25th - 5:30 pm - Lilly 3-113

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 through a lens of ethnobotany (from ethnology, study of culture, and botany, study of plants), the scientific study of the relationships that exist between peoples and plants. We also invite participants to examine issues connected to understanding how tourism not only educates but also is a force helping to interpret historical events.

For more information:
Maria Marshall, AGEC, mimarsha@purdue.edu
Petrus Langenhoven, HORT, plangenh@purdue.edu
Sandra Sydnor, HTM, ssydnorb@purdue.edu

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Sweden

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 concerns. 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, thook@purdue.edu
Dr
. John Dunning, FNR, jdunning@purdue.edu

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Tanzania

Smallholder farmers, technologies, market-driven solutions, and their impact on food security in Sub-Saharan Africa

 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.

For more information contact:
Dr. Dieudonné Baributsa, ENTM, dbaribut@purdue.edu

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West Indies

Global Carrion Biodiversity

This course is designed to provide students with the unique opportunity to experience carrion biodiversity firsthand by comparing and contrasting the vertebrate decomposition process in West Lafayette, Indiana to the same process to an island in the West Indies. Students will carry out publication-grade decomposition experiments in both places, collecting invertebrate fauna, observing vertebrate visitations, measuring carrion shape change and mass loss and collecting environmental data throughout the research time period. These observations and collections will then be synthesized into a final report that will be delivered to the forensic bodies of both the West Indies and Indiana as a white paper. It is possible the course will publish their results as a group paper in either JPUR, Instars or a professional grade peer-reviewed journal. During the carrion decomposition process students will also explore the justice systems for both locations, as well as tour forensic facilities, as time allows.

For more information contact:
Dr. Trevor Stamper, ENTM, stampert@purdue.edu

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Zambia

Kafakumba Training Center

 

Located in Ndola, Zambia the Kafakumba Training Center started several small businessessuch 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, kajuwon@purdue.edu

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