Summer Abroad Spotlight

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Peru, Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture

Based in Cuzco, Peru, this interdisciplinary program explores the environmental history and culture of the Andean region from pre-Hispanic time to the present. Readings and lectures will be complemented by frequent field trips, including trips to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Housing with a local NGO, immersive cultural experiences, and lectures by leading specialists will shed light on the changing relationship between people and nature in the Andes....

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.




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United States of America



South Africa, City to Safari

Experience the literature, history, and culture of South Africa while in the amazing waterfront city of Cape Town and on safari. See elephants, rhinoceros, buffalos, lions, and leopards!


(NEW) Bhutan, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Learn how to use geographic information systems (GIS) in the peaceful, culturally rich, and biodiverse country of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains, where progress is measured in Gross National Happiness.

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 while also exploring many cultural treasures in Tokyo, Kyoto, Gifu, and Kyushu.

Thailand, Microbiology Lab in the Kingdom of Smiles

Explore tropical jungles, pristine beaches, exotic markets, and the mega-city of Bangkok while getting hands-on microbiology laboratory experience.


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.

France, Performing Arts Live!

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

Iceland, Thermodynamics in the Land of Fire and Ice

What better way to study thermodynamics than in a country that is powered completely by geothermal and hydroelectric resources? From thundering waterfalls to towering volcanos and geothermal fields, you will experience Iceland in all its intrigue.

Ireland, BioSci 2A on the Emerald Isle 

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

Ireland, Filmmaking 

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

Italy, Art, Culture, History in the Eternal City

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

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, 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. 

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, 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. 

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)

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, 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, Sweden, Denmark, Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe

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

France, Switzerland, Italy, 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.

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, Revolutionary Cuba

Experience the historic and ever-changing city of Havana and examine Cuba's revolutionary tradition on a multi-city trip across the island.

Ecuador, Environmental Justice in Indigenous Ecuador

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with multiple indigenous groups and see parts of Ecuador that are not available to traditional tourists.

Guatemala, Ecological and Social Issues at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Through this hands-on class, get behind the scene of Atitlan tourist paradise and explore the Atitlan lake and watershed ecological processes and their connections to social and political realities.

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) New York, Washington D.C., Iconic American Landmarks

Learn about visual communication while exploring the iconic landmarks—from the dramatic monuments on the National Mall to the famous skyline of the city that never sleeps.