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:

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 café 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.

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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CEA Study Abroad
Granada has it all! This multicultural utopia features stunning natural parks, a vibrant nightlife, and unparalleled art,...
ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Study abroad in Florence, Italy at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and Apicius International School of Hospitality...
South Korea
EF International Language Campuses
The bright lights and buzzing streets of South Korea's capital city make it a must-see destination and the perfect place to...
AIFS Study Abroad
Spend 3, 4 or 7 weeks studying in the beautiful city of Florence. Earn up to 10 credits studying art history, history,...
Costa Rica
Sol Education Abroad
Study with Sol Education Abroad in Costa Rica! Practice your Spanish skills while exploring the culture and people of Heredia...
Costa Rica
CEA Study Abroad
San José, the capital of Costa Rica, blends urban life and natural beauty with more than 800 miles of coastline and acres of...
AIFS Study Abroad
Spend the summer in the sunny and cosmopolitan city of Cannes. Spend 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 weeks and earn up to 13 credits...
Sol Education Abroad
Sol Education Abroad is one of the few programs that has stuck by Mexico. Oaxaca City is a safe and incredible study abroad...
Spanish Studies Abroad
Students that opt for this course of study attend classes alongside other international students for whom Spanish is not...
South Africa
Live and study in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa, featuring historic architecture, rich cultural heritage,...
CEA Study Abroad
Nestled on Spain’s stunning Costa Blanca, Alicante features white sand beaches, green parks, winding streets lined with tapas...
AIFS Study Abroad
Spend your May term in the sunny and cosmopolitan city of Cannes, France. Earn up to 4 credits studying French at the Collège...
Sol Education Abroad
We're known for being the most personable program in Granada. Our students not only take classes at the University of Granada...
North America
BCA Study Abroad
For over fifty years, BCA has been sending students abroad. Their steadfast mission of connecting students with ideas that...
Toucan Education Programs
Looking to make a make a difference in our world? Our NEW Service-learning in Belize program is the only study abroad program...