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Summer Sessions

Summer Sessions

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.

Maymester Abroad

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.

Read more about the scholarships and access the scholarship application.

ANTH/EES 2114 Above and Below the Surface: The Caribbean between Climate Change and Tourism Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: ANTH/EES 2114  
ASIA 1680 Inside China: Economy, Culture, and Society in Beijing and Shanghai Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: ASIA 1680  
ASIA 1780 Health and Well-Being at the Margins of Indian Society Apply
BSCI 3228 Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest: Biodiversity, & Evolution of Australia Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: BSCI 3228  
CLAS 3700 Uncovering Greek Religion: Cults, Festivals, and Sanctuaries in the Ancient World Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: CLAS 3700  
CLAS 3730 The Roman to Medieval Near East: The Caesarea Excavations, Israel Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: CLAS 3730  
  CLAS 3730 Video  
CMA 3891 Special Topics in Film Production: Social Documentary - Guatemala Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: CMA 3891  
EES 3865 Field Investigations Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: EES 3865  
FREN 3230 History and Economics of French Cinema from Paris to Cannes Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: FREN 3230  
MHS 3310 Comparison of Medicine and Healthcare Systems Paris, France and Ferrara and Venice, Italy Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: MHS 3310  
MHS 3890 Public Health and Health Care Delivery in Cuba Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: MHS 3890  
RUSS 2210 Russia Today: Political, Socio-economic, and Cultural Change Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: RUSS 2210  
SPAN 3302 Spanish For Oral Communication through Cultural Topics Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: SPAN 3302  
SPAN 3325 The Way of Saint James: an Epic Trail to the Essence of Spain Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: SPAN 3325  
SPAN 3330 Cultural Studies in the Andes Apply
  Maymester Cover Sheet: SPAN 3330  
THTR 3282 Theatre and Performance in the U.K. Apply


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).