Beginning in mid-February each year, the Maymester, first session, and second session course schedules are available in YES. Please note that course offerings are subject to change. In rare instances courses are canceled due to a variety of factors, including insufficient enrollment. See the Summer Sessions calendar for additional important dates.
Please note that all undergraduate classes for the Summer 2020 term will be offered through online instruction.
All Maymester and Summer 2020 abroad programs have been cancelled.
The Maymester program offers students innovative and intensive academic experiences across the globe during the month of May. Whether on- or off-campus, Maymester courses allow students to explore topics often only available in the summer and in ways that go beyond the traditional classroom setting. For many students, participating in the Maymester program is an incomparable adventure in learning.
|Jan 15, 2020||Deadline to apply for Maymester scholarships|
|Jan 31, 2020||Deadline to apply for a Maymester course*|
|Feb 24, 2020||Deadline to complete the Commitment to Attend form|
|June 1, 2020||Deposit fee assessed to Student Accounts invoice|
*The January 31 application deadline is only for off-campus and abroad Maymester courses. Online course registration for on-campus Maymester and summer courses will take place from March 23-May 5.
Students must submit all application materials, including personal statement and academic references, by January 31. A link to each course’s application is available in the Courses section below. Professors will accept students on a rolling basis. Additional requirements will apply after acceptance.
Once students have been accepted into a Maymester course, they must confirm their acceptance by signing a virtual “Commitment to Attend” by February 24, 2020. This commitment will appear on the student’s GEO application once she or he has been accepted into the course.
Students are strongly encouraged to sign this document as soon as possible in order to accommodate waitlisted students. If a student fails to sign this document by the February 24 deadline, his or her position in the course may be made available to waitlisted students.
Please note: Under-enrolled courses may be cancelled. Students who have applied to such courses will be notified at the earliest opportunity. Students who have financial holds or are on social or academic probation are ineligible for Maymester courses. Acceptance into a Maymester course is also contingent on the instructor's approval.
If a student withdraws from the Maymester course after the February 24 commitment deadline, he or she will forfeit a $500 deposit fee.*
The deposit fee will be assessed directly to your Student Accounts invoice, and will be billed on or around June 1. The deposit fee applies only to those who withdraw after the specified deadline. Those who withdraw before the deadline will not be assessed the fee.
Vanderbilt University charges a deposit fee in order to get an accurate count of participants to plan our programs effectively. Students who back out of a program after committing may jeopardize both the planning and the pricing of the program, which affects other students. We impose a monetary penalty on those who withdraw after the deadline as a way of ensuring that we count only those who are serious about attending.
*Vanderbilt reserves the right to bill students for any unrecoverable costs, even if these costs amount to more than the $500 base withdrawal fee.
Vanderbilt will provide, on a competitive basis, scholarships to help undergraduate students pay the costs of studying abroad during the summer, including the Maymester courses. The Global Summer Fellows Program will provide university stipends that can be used to offset the costs of Vanderbilt-approved, credit-bearing, summer study and Maymester programs. These are competitive awards based on the student's essay, major, and letters of reference, and are linked to the student's financial need.
For questions related to any of the specific Maymester courses listed above, please consult the professor for the course. If you are seeking general information about Maymester courses, you may contact Dr. C. André Christie-Mizell, Dean of Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Science, 350 Buttrick Hall, or the GEO staff in the Student Life Center.
Summer Study Abroad
Vanderbilt offers a number of study abroad summer programs. For more information, contact the Global Education Office (GEO).