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Australia — Urban to Outback

UC Davis Summer Abroad is an academic program that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating both traditional lectures with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting. Students will earn 8* quarter units in four weeks; therefore, students should expect a rigorous academic course work that is enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities. Auditing is not an option. 

Students on Summer Abroad programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Summer Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 

See Academics to learn more about applying Summer Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements. 

Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid should contact Summer Abroad to inquire about enrolling in an additional unit.


English (ENL) 139 & Humanities (HUM) 198 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)


The program schedule, including the daily itinerary and planned activities, are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.


English 139. Topics in Global Literatures and Cultures (4 units)

Historically or thematically organized study of Anglophone literature at the global scale. Possible emphases: globalization of English and its literatures; the history of “world literature”; literatures of British imperialism; questions of translation. May be repeated two times for credit when content differs. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt.  Prerequisite: course 3 or University Writing Program 1 or equivalent.


Humanities 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass grading only)

Notes on Courses:

English 139 is designed to provide American students with an introduction to the literature of Australia within the context of its culture and nature.  The literature primarily focuses on themes of individual and national identity. 

Humanities 198 is designed to introduce students to the rich cultural and natural histories of Australia.  The course is built around field trips to museums, art galleries, botanical and zoological parks in Melbourne and close observation of birds, mammals, plants, and aboriginal art galleries in Kakadu National Park.

There are no prerequisites for this program beyond the general eligibility requirements.