Quick Info

  • Canada
  • Maymester
  • : Panther Program
  • : Global Studies, Health and Rehab Sciences, Neuroscience, Nursing, Political Science, Pre-Medical
  • : 8 May - 18 May, 2018
  • : $2,499 In-State | $2,699 Out-of-State
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


As an active and engaged participant on this program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Identify common challenges of national and regional health systems
  • Understand the history of the U.S. and Canadian health system and how they developed
  • Cultivate an understanding of the impact of history and culture on healthcare systems
  • Deepen your understanding of the role of governments in healthcare systems
  • Meet with Canadian policymakers and learn how they are trying to improve the equity and outcomes of healthcare in Canada
  • See first-hand how hospitals and community providers in Canada treat patients and their families
  • Compare how the Canadian and U.S. systems work to meet the needs of disadvantaged people
  • Learn about public health and prevention in Canada and how it compares to the U.S.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Everett JamesThe Maymester will be led by Everette James, JD, MBA. Everette is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Policy and Planning, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, and the M. Allen Pond Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Graduate School of Public Health. He also serves as Director of the Pitt Health Policy Institute. Before joining Pitt, he served as the 25th Pennsylvania Secretary of Health and oversaw the regulation of all of the hospitals, nursing homes, and managed care plans in Pennsylvania. Everette was responsible for managing the Department of Health’s 1700 employees and nearly $1B annual budget, as well as for carrying out the disease surveillance and prevention programs that protect the health of Pennsylvania’s neediest citizens. As Secretary, he chaired and served on many statewide boards and commissions including the Pennsylvania Health Policy Board, Health Research Advisory Committee and Health Care Cost Containment Council.

Prior to his service as Secretary of Health, Everette was a partner in the Washington, DC, office of the Dewey, LeBoeuf law firm with a practice centered on insurance and healthcare corporate and regulatory matters. He also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries and Finance at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this position he represented the U.S. on the OECD Insurance and Pension Committees and worked closely with Canadian government officials on public policy issues.  At Pitt, Everette is also responsible for advising the University and UPMC on health reform implementation and leads the collaborative Comparative Effectiveness Research program which compares the effectiveness of treatments and services with a goal of determining “what works best, for whom” to improve patient access to care and health outcomes. 


Housing information is still being finalized, but in each city you'll be in comfortable and centrally-located hotels or student housing in double rooms.  

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$2,499 $2,699
Arrive in Toronto Depart Montreal
May 8, 2018 May 18, 2018


Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 3 credits
  • Housing
  • In-country transportation for program-related events
  • All entrance fees and costs for program-related visits
  • Montreal Food Tour!
  • Other cultural and education activities!

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Transportation to/from Canada (~$400)
  • Meals and Personal Expenses ($500-$1000, depending on personal choices)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your bill)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Brice Lynn

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hey there.  I'm Brice and I'm one of the Assistant Directors at Pitt Study Abroad.  I'm a born-and-raised Pittsburgher (and have the accent to prove it).  My own study abroad experience as a Pitt student took me to Granada, Spain.  Between my host family, the food, and all of the embarrassing language mistakes I made, it turned out to be some of the best months of my life. Now, I'm here to help you make your own study abroad experience a reality.  When I'm not in the office, you can usually find me falling out of yoga poses, riding my bike, and ruining all of these physical activities with a plate of pierogi (extra butter and onions, please).  Get in touch with me at bel18@pitt.edu or 412-383-1029.