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Maymester & Short Term International Study

The opportunity to embark on an exciting short term study abroad program may be of particular interest to students that cannot afford either the time or money for a semester abroad. Opportunities exist for either stand-alone courses, or experiences embedded within a course, lasting one to three weeks. They usually fit into a natural break from classes in the PSU calendar, like spring break, winter break or May-mester.

Important Details

  • There are sometimes eligibility requirements or pre-requisite courses.
  • Plan on extra expenses for these courses.
  • For embedded courses, often the student must call the department offering the course to have it added to their schedule.
  • Make sure your passport will be valid for 6 months after the return from abroad, and if you do not have a passport, apply right away.
  • These programs do NOT satisfy 6 units taken abroad for the International Business Minor.

Maymester Global Orientation

Florence, Italy: Old World Innovations and their influence on Modern Business Systems  Florence & day trip to Venice

May 6-30, 2019

Pforzheim, Germany: Sustainability & SAP Simulation - Emerging Global Mega Trends Field trips to SAP, KPMG and an auto maker

May 12-31, 2019

Embedded International Study

Some courses taught at Penn State have international travel with the instructor as a small part of the course. Check pre-requisite classes, eligibility, language requirement and the campus where the course is being taught to see if you are eligible BEFORE adding the course in LionPath or calling the department offering the course to have it added. There is often a contact person for each program to provide more information. Here is a link to a full list of Penn State Embedded courses. Below is a selection of programs that will accept all majors. 

Program NameCityCountry
Embedded: LING 497/496 AFR 497 - Language in Africa Bassila, Benin; Cotonou Benin
Embedded: AGECO/CED 499 - Issues in Economic, Community and Agricultural Development in Kenya Nyeri Kenya
Embedded: HDFS 239 / PSYCH 212 - Children in Cambodia: Understanding PreK-12 Opportunities - University Park Siem Reap Cambodia
Embedded: AEE / INTAG 499 - Indigenous Knowledge and Agricultural Education - University Park San Ignacio Belize
Embedded: ERM 499 - Exploring Patagonia/Santiago Chile - University Park Olmue, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, Santiago, Torres del Paine Chile
Embedded: BA 297 - Immersive International Experience - Lehigh Valley Guanajuato Mexico