Maymester Study Abroad Programs

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    Bummed you can't fit study abroad into your schedule? Semester and yearlong programs are not your only options. Maymesters are a great alternative for those looking to travel and study abroad without having to sacrifice time out of the school year. Staying on track to graduate and having the opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture is possible with short- term study abroad programs. Read on to discover why Maymesters might be a great choice for you:

  • Popular Destinations

    Here's a list of different countries and exciting regions who offer unique perks come May:


    Thinking of spending your first month of the summer in Italy? You'll be happy to know that not only will you score great deals on airfare during May (thank you off season!), but you also won't have to deal with the thousands of tourists that will arrive in the following months. Less lines means more time to soak in the culture whether you're sitting at a cafe or spending a day looking at the Sistine Chapel.

    Looking to indulge in some local and internationally known artists while abroad? Germany's Long Night of Music in Munich is the perfect venue to immerse yourself in the culture. This 400-concert event takes place on May 17th and my hunch is, you won't want to miss out.


    If watching marathons seems more enjoyable than participating, The Great Marathon in China has you covered. On May 17th watch as runners make their way up the historic monument. My guess is, there will be quite a crowd, which is perfect for taking in the Chinese culture.

    North America

    Ottawa: Think Holland is the only country famous for it's tulips? Think again. From May 3-20th the city celebrates Tulipmania, a tulip festival which also includes airborne parades, tea parties and treasure hunts.

    South America

    Four words: La Revolucion de Mayo aka the May Revolution, which celebrates the anniversary of Argentina's independence from Spain in 1810. Occurring on May 25th, La Revolucion de Mayo or Dia Nacional is a public holiday not unlike our Fourth of July and you can experience Parades, music and Argentinean food in a day meant for celebration.

    Want to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture while studying abroad? Check out Festa do Nordestino (Festival on the Northeast) held in Taubate, Sao Paulo at the end of May. Honoring the people of the Northeast, Brazilians come together for food, performances in dance and shows, which are attributed to the region.

  • Choosing a Program
    Important Things to Consider

    Your School: Some colleges and universities offer Maymester or January Term options so don't be afraid to check your school's off campus webpage . The nice thing about participating in a program sponsored by your home university is that you will most likely recognize some familiar faces from around campus.

    If your school does not have Maymester programs... Just here on the right is a full list of options for Maymester programs in popular destinations such as Spain, France, Costa Rica and Argentina.

    Cost: The financial element of studying abroad for a year or even a semester can seem overwhelming. Maymesters are a great alternative in terms of cost. Most likely, there will be a 5,000 and upwards-cost difference between Maymesters and a semester abroad. Keep in mind the price gap will vary by program, so go online and compare prices when searching for your program.

    When you study abroad, you're actually helping to make America stronger.

    Michelle Obama

    No FOMO-That's fear of missing out. While studying abroad for a semester or a year is a great opportunity, it's normal to wonder about what you're missing back at school. Whether you love going to football games or your school's Spring Festival, you won't have give up spending your favorite season on campus for a study abroad experience. The best part about Maymesters is that you won't have to worry about feeling out of the campus loop. Instead of coming back after being gone for four or twelve months, you'll return to school in the Fall with everyone else, but with plenty of adventures to share.

    Perks: Besides warm weather, May is a happening place for many countries. Read on!

    Contributed by Rebecca Wojno

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    Sol Education Abroad
    We're one of the few programs that has stuck by Mexico. Oaxaca City is a safe and incredible study abroad destination. Our...
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    Minds Abroad
    Our Weekly Morning Classes and Afternoon Activities Program are open for students who want to stay and study Chinese for an...
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    General Assembly
    General Assembly's unique 10-day startup bootcamp will prepare you to take an idea from concept to plan and to actual...
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  • Semester at Sea
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    Explore multiple countries around the world while earning up to 15 credits! Each voyage varies in it's destinations, but...
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • EESA Students in Ukraine
    EESA-Eastern European Study Abroad
    9 cities, 6 countries in one semester with THE MOST AFFORDABLE program!!! No foreign language...
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    Study Abroad VERITAS
    Study Abroad in Costa Rica directly with Universidad VERITAS. We have semester long programs, short term programs, as well...
    3 reviews
  • Arab Academy
    Arab Academy's Arabic Language programs are structured around your specific needs for students of all proficiency levels....
    1 reviews
  • AbbeySchool in Italy
    AbbeySchool CiaoItaly
    Our standard courses are arranged for all levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) and are established according to the needs of...
    1 reviews
  • Learn Italian in Italy
    AbbeySchool CiaoItaly
    For people who desire to learn Italian with a fully personalized program, these individual lessons are ideal for a student...
    1 reviews
  • Study in China
    The Chinese Language Institute
    Immerse yourself in Chinese language and culture with CLI! Located in the picturesque city of Guilin and officially...
    5 reviews
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  • Hikone, Japan
    Japan Center for Michigan Universities
    Come spend next semester or Maymester in Hikone, Japan studying at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities. Study...
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    Live Languages Abroad
    Live Languages Abroad offers a range of French Language Courses in France. These short-term and long-term courses are held...
  • Study Abroad in the Bahamas with EIU
    Eastern Illinois University
    Eastern Illinois University offers this chance to study abroad on Andros Island in the Bahamas. A short 8 day program in May...
  • Centro Internacional De Idiomas
    Designed for Medical and Health Care students or professionals. Now a days, Spanish is becoming more and more needed in the...
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  • Live Languages Abroad
    Live Languages Abroad offers a range of French Language Courses in France. These short-term and long-term courses are held...
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