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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.

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.



*Barcelona, Spain: Business in Barcelona (Maymester) 

  • MGMT 399: Intercultural Communication for a Global Economy (3 credits)
Barcelona, Spain with local field trips

May 7-May 27, 2023

*Florence, Italy: Old World Innovations and Their Influence on Modern Business Systems (Maymester)
  • IB 399 / ACCTG 399: Old World Innovations and their Influence on Modern Business Systems (3 credits)
Florence, Italy & day trip to Venice and Milan

May 8 - May 27, 2023

AIFS & Penn State: Business in London (Maymester)

  • IB 399 Europe and the Global Economy (3 credits)
London, UK with local field trips

May 7-May 27, 2023

*Pforzheim, Germany: Sustainability and Technology in Business (Maymester)   --see video information session by instructors
  • IB 399: Sustainability & Technology in Business (3 credits)
Pforzheim Germany; one week travel to Freiburg & Heidelberg Germany

May 7 - May 26, 2023


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. 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.

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