Maymester and Other Faculty-Led Courses

Maymester 2024 Courses

New Zealand 2024 Maymester

Global Indigenous Language and Cultural Ways of Knowing (IKERAS 3090-01) to be held May 2024.
May–June, 2024

New application deadline: 12:00 midnight, February 29, 2024

This opportunity is now open to all undergraduate students. Preference will be given to IKERAS minors and Indigenous students. Students will have two weeks of classes at UPEI from May 6–16, 2024 before travelling on a 14-day faculty-led study tour May 19 to June 3, 2024.  

Students will understand the distinctions and commonalities among Indigenous peoples worldwide by comparing their language and knowledge with that of the Maori people. The Maori perspectives, including language, history, social structures, leadership style, practices, and epistemologies, will be studied by comparing and contrasting perspectives with those of the L’nuk (people) of Mi’kma’ki (territory). Students will also critique and examine how Eurocentric thought models have affected perceptions of Indigenous civilizations. Through workshops, seminars, and land-based teachings, the study tour will take students on a reflective and self-discovery journey that will prepare them to lead their communities as Indigenous leaders.

On the ground program costs will be covered by the UPEI Office of Study Abroad and International Partnerships through the Global Skills Opportunities program. Students will be responsible for tuition fees, airfare and some meals. There may also be some funding opportunities to cover of portion of these costs (i.e., Part-time Provincial student grant and Florence Simmons Global Experience Award)

Interested students should submit the UPEI International Exchange Application and select "Maymester". You will later register (or be registered) for the IKERAS 3090-01 course.  Application deadline is February 29.

Spain 2024 Maymester

Sustainable Business Development: A Tourism Perspective (BUS 3850)
May 2–13, 2024

Application deadline: 12:00 noon, January 26, 2024

Between the UPEI Faculty of Business and the Office of Study Abroad and International Partnerships, we are excited to offer the Special Topics Course "Sustainable Business Development: A Tourism Perspective (BUS 3850)" to Spain this May! Dr. Melissa James, Associate Professor, and Sherilyn Acorn, Manager of Study Abroad, will be leading a 10-day experience to learn more about sustainable tourism development practices. This course will be in collaboration with the UPEI partner school, the University of Burgos, in Spain.

Interested students should submit the UPEI International Exchange Application and select "Maymester". You will later register (or be registered) for the BUS 3850 course. 

The estimated* total cost of the program is outlined below; to determine your total cost, please review these details:

  1. cost of flights: approximately $1,600 with the possibility of a $1,000 Florence Simmons Global Experience Scholarship to offset the cost
  2. accommodation, all experiences, and some meals in Spain: $3,000 – GSO eligible students will receive up to $2,200 in funding. Note – students who have received GSO funding in the past are not eligible. GSO funding is available to domestic, undergraduate, degree seeking students only. (GSO funding eligibility and amount will be determined by the Office of Study Abroad and International Partnerships upon receipt of your submission of your UPEI International Exchange Application). 
  3. cost of the course = current tuition rate (students eligible for the part-time grant will receive funding for this course)
  4. incidentals, additional meals, and spending money: approximately $400

*Please note, we are working to ensure your flight costs and program costs are as low as possible – these costs may fluctuate up or down slightly. Upon selection, you will be notified of the final cost. 

Please check out the Florence Simmons Global Experience Scholarship of $1,000 to help offset costs. We encourage you all to apply. The deadline (for Maymester and other summer programs only) is April 1, 2024.

Read about last year’s Maymester experiences in Costa Rica and Italy.

Faculty-Led Courses

Religious Studies 3880: "Catholic New York"

“Catholic New York,” is an exciting experiential learning opportunity for ten UPEI students, running in the Fall semester of 2024. The course has two components: on campus classes exploring the history, beliefs and traditions of Catholicism in New York; and, a trip to New York City during the midterm break (October 11–18, 2024).

The cost of the trip, including travel and accommodation, is generously funded by the Saint Dunstan’s University Board of Governors. Students are responsible for the cost of food, tuition, and books.

To be eligible, applicants must be full time students at UPEI, have taken a minimum of two Catholic Studies classes prior to Fall 2024, and have a record of academic excellence. 

Interested students will submit the International Experience Form. Please provide a "letter of interest" explaining why you would like to be part of this course whether the International Experience form requests the "essay". In your "letter of interest", please include two named academic references. You may upload empty documents where the two reference letters are required.

Applications are due on March 4, 2024 at 5:00 pm Atlantic Time.

In May 2023, UPEI faculty and students travelled to Costa Rica and Italy for amazing Maymester learning adventures.  

UPEI students on exchange in Italy

Read more about 2023 Maymester

In 2019, UPEI students travelled to Ireland, Spain, United Kingdom, France, and the Faroe Islands.

upei students in burgos spain

Read more about our 2019 Maymester




Costa Rica photo by Willian Justen de Vasconcellos on Unsplash