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Maymester and Faculty-Led Programs

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; applications become available shortly thereafter. For more information about Maymester course offerings and to apply, go to A&S Maymester Abroad page.

There are also some Maymester programs offered in the United States. For more about A&S Maymesters in the US, please see Vanderbilt Summer Sessions.

A&S Maymester Abroad Courses for 2020

Course No.Course Title
ANTH 2114Above and Below the Surface: The Caribbean between Climate Change and Tourism
ASIA 1680Inside Chinese Economy, Culture, and Society
ASIA 1780Health and Well-Being at the Margins of Indian Society
BSCI 3228Corals, Koalas, and Cassowaries: The Great Barrier Reef and Tropics of Australia
CLAS 3700Uncovering Greek Religion: Cults, Festivals, and Sanctuaries in the Ancient World
CLAS 3730The Roman to Medieval Near East: The Caesarea Excavations, Israel
CMA 3891Special Topics in Film Production: Social Documentary – Guatemala
EES 3865Field Investigations (Brazil)
FREN 3230History and Economics of French Film: From Paris to Cannes
MHS 3310A Comparison of World Healthcare Systems and Medicines
MHS 3890Cuba's Healthcare System
RUSS 2210Russia Today: Political, Socio-economic, and Cultural Change
SPAN 3302Spanish for Oral Communication through Cultural Topics
SPAN 3325The Way of Saint James
SPAN 3330Cultural Studies in the Andes (Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lima)
THTR 3282Theatre and Performance in London and the U.K.

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 and other scholarships offered by GEO provide funding that can be used to offset the costs for students enrolling in Vanderbilt-approved, credit-bearing summer study and Maymester programs. You can apply for all of these scholarships with a single Common Application. See the full list of awards offered through the Global Education Office for more information and eligibility information. The Common Application is typically made available in November, around the same time that Maymester applications become available.