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Maymester & Short Term Programs

Embark on a Maymester short study abroad program, or take a class at Penn State that has embedded within it a chance to study in another country for a week or two.

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 Maymester.

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. Below is a selection of programs as an example of what has been offered in the past. Please check with the college/department offering the course for updated and complete information.

Embedded Study Abroad Programs with Smeal

Spring Break: Panama SCM 497

Global Logistics Seminar

Applications for Spring 2024 Closed

Panama City, Panama

Spring 2024 course (at PSU)

+ Spring Break in Panama March 2 - March 9, 2024

Maymester: Costa Rica ACCTG 397

Sustainability in Costa Rica: Balancing Profit and Planet in a Biodiverse Nation

Application Deadline EXTENDED: February 4, 2024 (or until program fills)
Early Application Encouraged

Costa Rica

Spring Semester 7-week Session II (at PSU): March 11 - April 26, 2024

+ Summer course in Costa Rica: May 6 - May 21, 2024


Please refer to the list of Penn State Embedded courses for more information.


Smeal Maymester Programs

For more program details, visit the Smeal Custom Summer Programs website.

These programs do not satisfy the Global Immersion Track of the International Business Minor but may be used as a Supporting Course on the Global Business Track.

Students interested in programs longer than 3 weeks can explore the IB Minor Global Immersion approved programs for 6-10 week programs.

Details for Summer 2024 study abroad programs will be announced in October.

Summer 2024 Programs with Smeal

*Barcelona, Spain: Business in Barcelona (Maymester) 

Barcelona, Spain

May 8 - May 30, 2024

*London, UK: Business in London (Maymester)

London, UK

May 8 - May 30, 2024

NEW! *Singapore: Business in Singapore (Maymester)

Singapore, Singapore

May 8 - May 30, 2024

NEW! Costa Rica Embedded course with travel in May - see above

Costa Rica

May 6 - May 21, 2024


Other PSU Short Term Programs:

Please see the full list of Maymester study abroad programs through Education Abroad.

Other programs that can count towards IB Minor

*Arusha, Tanzania: Biology of Eco-Health (Summer)

Arusha, Tanzania

May 7 - May 25, 2024

*Lima, Peru: Cross-cultural Engagement (Maymester)

Lima, Peru

May 4 - June 1, 2024

*Oaxaca, Mexico: Language, Culture and Community-Based Learning (Maymester)

Oaxaca, Mexico

May 9 - June 2, 2024

*Seoul, Korea: Sociology and Culture in Korea (Maymester)

Seoul, South Korea

May 8 - May 24, 2024

*Cape Town, South Africa: Women's Gender and Reproductive Studies (Maymester) Cape Town, South Africa

May 5 - May 28, 2024

*Pforzheim, Germany: Sustainability and Technology in Business (Summer) Pforzheim, Germany + Strasbourg and Freiburg

May 26 - June 13, 2024

Other summer programs may exist but have not been pre-approved for the International Business minor. Students may want to consider those for other goals and general education or elective credit! Additionally, some programs are considered short-term, 3 weeks, but take place in June. You may review the full list of Penn State study abroad programs.

If you are interested in a program that does not appear on this list, please contact us to request consideration to apply the credits towards the International Business minor. Email: smeal-international@psu.edu.