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:


China & Vietnam

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,
Dr. David Umulis, ABE,  

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CALLOUT: January 18th - HORT 222 - 5:30 pm
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.

For more information contact:
Dr. Christian Krupke, ENTM,
Dr. Eugenio Nearns, ENTM,     

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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,

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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,

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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,

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Made In Italy: My Study Abroad Experience

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 3-week unpaid service internship and cultural experience to Laos. You will gain international experience, enhance your working knowledge of the silk industry and make an impact.

For more information:

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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,   

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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,
. John Dunning, FNR,

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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,

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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,

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