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Maymesters abroad are regular Vanderbilt courses (usually 3 credit hours) that are taught by Vanderbilt faculty in another country. They are typically three to four weeks in length, and offered in the month of May.

Maymesters offered by the College of Arts and Science are generally announced in November, being debuted at the annual Maymester Fair; applications will become available shortly thereafter. Check the International Education Week schedule for the time and location of the fair, then stop by to learn more about the courses and meet the professors leading them!

Abroad Maymesters offered by Peabody College will appear on the Global Education Office website.

[There are also some Maymester programs offered in the United States. For more about these programs, please see Vanderbilt Summer Sessions].

Costs and Scholarships

Fees vary by program and typically include Vanderbilt tuition, course-related transportation and lodging in the destination country, health insurance, and some meals. Airfare to the destination country, most meals, and costs of personal travel are generally not included in the program fee--but check individual program descriptions for specific details.

The Global Summer Fellows Program provides funding that can be used to offset the costs for students enrolling in Vanderbilt-approved, credit-bearing summer study and Maymester programs. There may also be funding available through other scholarships; see the full list of awards offered through the Global Education Office. Applications for all GEO scholarships, including the Global Summer Fellows scholarship, typically open in November, around the same time that Maymester applications become available.

Maymester Courses for 2014

ASIA 236

Inside China: Society, Business, and Culture in Beijing and Shanghai

CLAS 244

History and Art of Ancient Rome

ECON 230

War, Plunder and Pillage, and Other Economic Conflicts

EES 140

Iceland's Geology: Fire, Ice and Cultural Impacts (Julymester)

EES 210

From Volcanoes to Rainforest: Geology & Ecology in Southern Brazil

ENGL 288

International Health, Social Justice, and Romantic Poetry in the Swiss and French Alps

EUS 260

Origins of Modernism: Vienna from 1750 to the Present

MHS 290

A Comparison of Healthcare Systems: The United States and La France

PSCI 223

European Political Economy and Economic Institutions

RLST 294

Religion and Culture of Morocco

SPAN 202

Spanish for Oral Communications Through Cultural Topics (Alicante and Madrid, Spain)

SPAN 204

Maymester in Cuzco & Machu Picchu, Peru

SPAN 205

The Way of Saint James

THTR 280

Contemporary Theatre in London