UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Open


Iconic American Landmarks in NYC and DC

On Location

Washington D.C. and New York City are considered by many people within and outside of the United States to be the structural and cultural centers of the nation. They are often treated as symbolic representations of the nation as a whole. Likewise, many of the spaces and structures of Washington D.C. and New York City are instantly recognizable by people worldwide, regardless of whether or not they have visited the cities. These structures are so thoroughly associated with the nation that an individual’s experience of them is inevitably inflected by one’s attitude toward the U.S. Thus, these two cities offer ideal locations for learning about the rhetorical impact of designed objects, such as monuments, and for considering how the abstract concept of the nation is, in part, visually constructed.

Accommodations and Meals

Students will stay in university dorms (TBD) in New York City and in double rooms with a kitchenette at the Virginian Suites in D.C. Breakfast will be included and several group meals.  All other meals will be out of pocket.  


There will be a dedicated classroom space in each of the cities. 


An unlimited public transportation card will be included in both cities as well as the train from DC to NYC. 

Excursions and Day Trips

Washington D.C.

  • Walking Tour of Capitol Mall and DC neighborhoods
  • White House Tour
  • Capitol Hill Tour
  • National Cathedral
  • Ford’s Theater
  • Arlington Cemetery
  • The Spirit of Mount Vernon Boat trip on the Potomac to Mount Vernon, plus tour of the estate
  • Smithsonian. Visits to a number of the Smithsonian museums, including the Castle, the Museum of American History, the Museum of the American Indian, the National Air and Space Museum
  • United States Holocaust Museum
  • National Archives

New York City

  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Empire State Building Observation Deck
  • Greenwich Village Walking Tour
  • Central Park Walking Tour
  • Grand Central Station Audio Tour
  • Radio City Stage Door Tour
  • The Guggenheim Museum
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • 9/ll Memorial Museum and Tribute Center
  • Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
  • Highline Bridge Walking Tour
  • Staten Island Ferry Ride

Please see the syllabus on the Academic page for the tentative schedule of program activities and excursions. Activities and schedule are subject to change at the discretion of the program.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About New York and Washington D.C.

New York City

One of the world’s most captivating places, New York City has it all: celebrated concert halls, a renowned dining scene, and fascinating neighborhoods filled with people from every corner of the globe.  Stroll the massive green spaces of Central Park, overload your senses in Chinatown, and be inspired by the Statue of Liberty. Read more about New York City. Source: Lonely Planet 

Washington D.C.

The USA’s capital teems with iconic monuments, vast museums and the corridors of power, where visionaries and demagogues roam. Climb the steps of Abraham Lincoln’s dramatic Doric-columned memorial, tour the iconic home of the US President, or wander cobblestoned neighborhoods and jazzy bohemian quarters. Read more about Washington D.C. Source: Lonely Planet

Currency: US Dollars

Language Spoken: English

Weather and Climate

It is very warm in the summer in NYC and D.C. with occasional showers

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