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Cuba — Narratives of Resistance
Since the Spanish conquest, Cuba has been a major site of resistance—first against Spain and later against the U.S. This program will examine narratives of resistance as they have been articulated in themes of slavery, rebellion, and revolution. We will read Cuban literature, listen to Afro-Cuban music, watch Cuban films, and...

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! Related: Summer Abroad Internships.

2016 Programs

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.

South Africa, From City to Safari

Experience the literature, history, cinema and ecology of South Africa while spending three weeks in Cape Town and one week in a game reserve. A great program for students who love.

Asia and Oceania

China, A Taste of China

Learn and experience Chinese food and tea culture through a number of field visits to food production sites and locations of historical significance.

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

The program will review basic principles of design for sustainability, with emphasis on sustainability of the built environment.

South Korea, Sustainable Energy Technologies

Study photovoltaic cells and Korean culture, lithium-ion batteries, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Taiwan, Literature and Film

Study Taiwanese culture though 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.

Vietnam, MatLab—Visualization in Vietnam

Complete that core MATLAB requirement alongside Vietnamese students in the beautiful and dynamic land of the “Ascending Dragon”.

Europe

Austria, Vienna—Crossroads of Central Europe

Experience the tradition of extraordinary performances of works from the Classical Period, while learning about the influential Austrian history and culture.

Czech Republic, Exercise & Wellness

Compare and contrast how the Czech people integrate exercise and physical activity into their daily lives as well as how exercise and sport sciences are taught at two leading Czech Universities. 

France, Introduction to Winemaking

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

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.

Germany, Berlin Culture After the Wall

Visit one of the most dynamic European capitals, Berlin, and learn at the same time about the vexed history of 20th-century Germany.

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 northern lights, you will see Iceland in all its intrigue.

Ireland, Filmmaking in Ireland

Learn the fundamentals of filmmaking on this “Grand Tour” of the Emerald Isle.

Italy, Marvels of Roman Architecture & Engineering

Experience historical structural analysis up close and personal with the Coliseum, Pantheon, and other iconic Roman Architecture.

Italy, Italian Culture and Institutions

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

Italy, Honors—The Birth of Modern Europe in Florence

Study the major Florentine figures of the Italian Renaissance—Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, and Galileo.

Spain, Urbanism and Community Development in Barcelona

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

Spain, Spanish Art

Explore Spanish art traveling to the most emblematic artistic cities of Spain (Burgos, Madrid, Salamanca, Bilbao, Santander). 

Spain, Three Cultures of Medieval Spain

Multiculturalism is not just a 21st century phenomenon. Explore the cities of Salamanca, Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba, Sevilla, and Granada to learn about the religious and cultural differences of medieval Spain.

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, Brewing Science

Beer brewing is a convergence of diverse sciences (botany, plant physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, chemical engineering, and more) in pursuit of a delightful product.

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. 

Europe (Multi-Country)

UK, France, Austria, Sweden, 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.

France, 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 Cannes, France.

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, 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.

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

Interact with 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.

Peru, History of the Andean Region

Ponder the layers of history inscribed in Cuzco’s world-class architecture. The program includes a three-day trip to Machu Picchu.