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.
Explore answers to major questions about development while also experiencing Ghana’s popular culture, markets, rainforests and beaches.
Encounter Australia’s natural wonders and cultural complexities by examining its literature, history, film, environment, and wildlife.
Explore aspects of life sciences in Japan such as active research labs, the world- famous Osaka aquarium, a yogurt fermentation factory, and much more.
Learn the principles of design for sustainability and their applications within the built environment of dynamic downtown Tokyo.
Take a life science laboratory that involves exploring tropical jungles, pristine beaches, exotic markets, and the mega-city of Bangkok.
From the Renaissance to the United Nations, experience life and history in one of Europe’s grand imperial capitals.
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.
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.
A defining experience for anyone interested in fashion and marketing.
Learn the basics of wine making while visiting many of the major French wine regions and accessing many elite wineries.
Appreciate the creativity and intimacy of live music and dance, while savoring life in the south of France.
Learn about Greece’s vibrant culture while traveling to many beautiful and historical sites.
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.
Take Biological Sciences 2A in beautiful Ireland at University College Cork.
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.
Discover the many lessons we can take home from Barcelona on housing development and neighborhood regeneration efforts.
Travel to the most emblematic artistic cities of Spain–Burgos, Madrid, Salamanca, Bilbao, and Santander.
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.
Consider how men and women communicate as you engage with culture, art, history, and the city of London.
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.
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.
Study and experience the great genetic breakthroughs in this grand European tour of genetics: Cambridge, Paris, Vienna, and Stockholm and more.
Attend an entire A-level film festival in the Italian-Swiss Lake region, with two-weeks of preparatory film studies in Berlin, Germany.
Learn why some European cities are way ahead of U.S. cities in sustainable development and design.
Experience Celtic culture through literature, culture, language, music, and politics.
Journey through two European countries famous for their trend setting historical and contemporary art, architecture and design.
Broaden your literary, cultural, and artistic knowledge while traveling all around Europe.
Experience the vibrant “Paris of Latin America” through the abundance of its street fairs, music and film festivals, cultural activities, and amazing cuisine.
Discover the richness of Chile’s globally significant political history.
Experience the biodiversity of Costa Rica through field trips to Monteverde and the Caribbean and live in an aboriginal community.
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.
Work alongside indigenous Amazonians while examining their historical development and current initiatives to save the Amazon rainforest from exploitation.
Explore the complexity of Atitlan lake and watershed ecological processes and their connections to social and political realities.
Delve into the powerful Zapatista movement and the rich and diverse contemporary Mayan cultures in their breathtaking and historical home of Chiapas.
Explore the diverse cultural and natural landscapes of the Peruvian highlands. Based in Cuzco, the program includes trips to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.
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.
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.