Summer Abroad Spotlight

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Portugal—Hidden Gem

With a rich history and beautiful beaches and countryside, Portugal is an overlooked gem that is quietly emerging as a “go to” destination. The program will be based at Porto, a friendly city with a pleasant coastal climate that will serve as our jumping-off point for an exploration of Portuguese culture, literature, and society. Coursework will be complemented by guest talks, museum and gallery visits, and long weekend trips to Lisbon, Portuguese wine country, the Atlantic coast, and the rolling hills of the Alentejo region. Learn about one of Europe’s most fascinating cultures while eating delicious food, trying local pastries, listening to fado, and sipping an espresso!

UC Davis Summer Abroad

UC Davis Summer Abroad programs offer students short, intensive academic courses that are complemented with a wealth of excursions and cultural activities. All of our programs are built around UC Davis courses and are led by UC Davis faculty. Many provide opportunities for students to visit non-English speaking countries while doing their coursework in English. Class sizes are small — 18-30 students — allowing for an intimate learning experience. UC Davis Summer Abroad is open to all University of California students and students from other US institutions. Create a Study Abroad Account.

Africa and The Middle East

Asia & Oceania


Europe (Multi-city)

Latin America

United States of America


Africa and the Middle East

Ghana, Culture and Development in an African Nation

Explore answers to major questions about development while also experiencing Ghana’s popular culture, markets, rainforests and beaches.

Asia and Oceania

Australia, Urban to Outback

Encounter Australia’s natural wonders and cultural complexities by examining its literature, history, film, environment, and wildlife.

Japan, Life Sciences

Explore aspects of life sciences in Japan such as active research labs, the world- famous Osaka aquarium, a yogurt fermentation factory, and much more.

Japan, Sustainability of the Built Environment

Learn the principles of design for sustainability and their applications within the built environment of dynamic downtown Tokyo.

Taiwan, Literature and Film

Study Taiwanese culture through a wide range of literature, film, and art—with the opportunity to meet leading poets and fiction writers.

Thailand, Microbiology Lab in the Kingdom of Smiles

Take a life science laboratory that involves exploring tropical jungles, pristine beaches, exotic markets, and the mega-city of Bangkok.


Austria, Vienna—Crossroads of Central Europe

From the Renaissance to the United Nations, experience life and history in one of Europe’s grand imperial capitals.

France, Americans in Paris

Walk in the footsteps of Jefferson, Twain, Hemingway, Stein and other Americans in Paris, while participating in one of the lower-cost programs in Europe. 

France, Art Studio in Paris and the French Riviera

Live in a chateau on the Mediterranean studying painting and sculptures by great artists who lived and worked on the French Riviera—and your studies continue in Paris.

France, Fashion Marketing in Paris

A defining experience for anyone interested in fashion and marketing.

France, Introduction to Winemaking

Learn the basics of wine making while visiting many of the major French wine regions and accessing many elite wineries.

(NEW) France, Performing Arts Live! 

Appreciate the creativity and intimacy of live music and dance, while savoring life in the south of France.

Greece, Travelers in Greece

Learn about Greece’s vibrant culture while traveling to many beautiful and historical sites.

Iceland, Thermodynamics in the Land of Fire and Ice

What better way to study thermodynamics than in a country with such dynamic geology? From the geothermal heating to the thundering waterfalls, you will see Iceland in all its intrigue.

(NEW) Ireland, BioSci 2A on the Emerald Isle 

Take Biological Sciences 2A in beautiful Ireland at University College Cork.

Italy, Art, Culture, History in the Eternal City

Visit Roman, Etruscan, and Greek ruins and discover why Rome is considered an outdoor museum.

(NEW) Portugal, Hidden Gem 

Porto will be our gateway to an exciting exploration of Portuguese culture, literature, and society.

Spain, Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona

Discover the many lessons we can take home from Barcelona on housing development and neighborhood regeneration efforts. 

Spain, Spanish Art

Travel to the most emblematic artistic cities of Spain–Burgos, Madrid, Salamanca, Bilbao, and Santander. 

Switzerland, The Politics of Global Inequality

Poverty is a global problem that international organizations seek to ameliorate. Learn why poverty persists and how international organizations intervene to help in poor countries. 

United Kingdom, At the Crossroads of Gender and Communication

Consider how men and women communicate as you engage with culture, art, history, and the city of London.

United Kingdom, Oxford—Portal to Fantasy

Study in Oxford, the birthplace of modern fantasy: see what inspired Wonderland, Narnia and the Shire, float Ratty and Lyra's river, and walk the halls of Hogwarts. 

United Kingdom, Scottish Tales

Study the ghosts and hauntings of Edinburgh, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, cruise the Loch Ness, visit Glasgow and trek through the Highlands of Scotland.

Europe (Multi-Country)

UK, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic, Genetics—The Global Language of Biology

Study and experience the great genetic breakthroughs in this grand European tour of genetics: Cambridge, Paris, Vienna, and Stockholm and more.

Germany, Switzerland, World Cinema and the European Film Festival

Attend an entire A-level film festival in the Italian-Swiss Lake region, with two-weeks of preparatory film studies in Berlin, Germany.

Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe

Learn why some European cities are way ahead of U.S. cities in sustainable development and design.   

Ireland, France, Spain, Celtic Connections

Experience Celtic culture through literature, culture, language, music, and politics.

UK, Netherlands, Design in Europe

Journey through two European countries famous for their trend setting historical and contemporary art, architecture and design.

UK, France, Italy, The Grand Tour

Broaden your literary, cultural, and artistic knowledge while traveling all around Europe.

Latin America

Argentina, Buenos Aires—Music, Film and Culture in the Global City

Experience the vibrant “Paris of Latin America” through the abundance of its street fairs, music and film festivals, cultural activities, and amazing cuisine.

Chile, Human Rights and Democracy

Discover the richness of Chile’s globally significant political history.

Costa Rica, Costa Rican Communities

Experience the biodiversity of Costa Rica through field trips to Monteverde and the Caribbean and live in an aboriginal community.

Cuba, Narratives of Resistance

Read Cuban literature, listen to Afro-Cuban music, watch Cuban films, and visit locations and institutions that shed light on Cuba’s political and cultural history of resistance.

Ecuador, Sustainable Ecuador—From the Andes to the Amazon

Work alongside indigenous Amazonians while examining their historical development and current initiatives to save the Amazon rainforest from exploitation. 

Guatemala, Ecological and Social Issues at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Explore the complexity of Atitlan lake and watershed ecological processes and their connections to social and political realities.

Mexico, Literary and Social Movements in Chiapas

Delve into the powerful Zapatista movement and the rich and diverse contemporary Mayan cultures in their breathtaking and historical home of Chiapas. 

Peru, Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture

Explore the diverse cultural and natural landscapes of the Peruvian highlands. Based in Cuzco, the program includes trips to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

United States of America

(NEW) Louisiana, Multicultural New Orleans

Explore New Orleans’ French, Spanish, and American colonial history, the roots of jazz, the evolution of Cajun cuisine, and the recovery of The Big Easy after Hurricane Katrina in the friendliest, most lively metropolis in the country.

(NEW) New Mexico, Land of Enchantment

Visit pueblos continuously occupied for hundreds of years, explore Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands, savor the state’s distinctive cuisine, and learn about the turbulent, fertile history of the Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures.