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Maymester & Short Term International Study

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.

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

ProgramsLocationsDates
Barcelona, Spain: Business in Barcelona Barcelona, Spain

May 10-30, 2020

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

May 10-29, 2020

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

May 10-29, 2020 

For other short stand-alone summer programs, please see the full list of Penn State study abroad programs. It is possible to run an advanced search to narrow down summer programs offered during the month of May, designated as Maymester. Other summer programs are considered short, three to four weeks, but do not fall under the category Maymester if they span into June or later in the summer.

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
Smeal College of Business

Embedded MGMT 497 Entrepreneurship in Colombia - University Park, Eligibility: ENTI minors or CIENT majors may apply by emailing Jeanette Miller  

Villa de Leyva and Bogota Colombia

Embedded BA 497 Supply Chains in Panama - University Park, Eligibility SCM 301 required, SCM 400 level preferred. For more information: Jana

Panama City Panama
Other Colleges
Embedded: AGECO/CED 499 - Issues in Economic, Community and Agricultural Development in Kenya - University Park Nyeri Kenya
*Embedded: HDFS 239 / PSYCH 212 - Understanding Educational & Vocational Opportunities for Children & Youth in Cambodia - University Park Siem Reap Cambodia
Embedded: AEE / INTAG 499 - Indigenous Knowledge and Agricultural Education - University Park San Ignacio Belize
Embedded: BA 297 - Immersive International Experience - Lehigh Valley Guanajuato Mexico

Embedded: ENGR 310 - Entrepreneurial Leadership - University Park

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Israel
Embedded: ANTH 140 / ANTH 197-1 - Anthropology of Alcohol - University Park Copenhagen OR Edinburgh Denmark OR Scotland
Embedded: RUS 002/200/400/402/403/141 HIST 402N/525 ECON 427N - Spring Break in Moscow - University Park Moscow Russia
Embedded: CAS 352/499 - Organizational Communication - Abington Fukuoka-shi & Tokyo Japan
Embedded: JST 197 - Embedded Program to Poland and Lithuania - University Park Vilnius/Warsaw Lithuania/Poland