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Thermodynamics in the Land of Fire and Ice

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.


Engineering (ENG) 105 and 198 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)


Engineering (ENG) 105. Thermodynamics (4 units)

Fundamentals of thermodynamics: heat energy and work, properties of pure substances, First and Second Law for closed and open systems, reversibility, entropy, thermodynamic temperature scales. Applications of thermodynamics to engineering systems.

GE credit: SciEng

Engineering (ENG) 198. Directed Group Study/Special Topics (4 units, P/NP grading only)

This course includes participation on excursions and tours and attendance to guest lectures. Students are often asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary by program.


Summer Abroad will be enforcing the completion of PHY 9B and MAT 22B (or campus equivalent) before departure. Prerequisites can only be waived by individualized consent of instructor—please contact the instructor if you wish to discuss this option. Failure to complete unwaived prerequisites can result in administrative withdrawal and fees owed accordingly.

Physics 9B. Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—2.5 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 9A, Mathematics 21C, 21D (may be taken concurrently). Continuation of course 9A. Fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, wave phenomena, optics. Only 2 units of credit to students who have completed course 7A. GE credit: SciEng | SE

Mathematics 22B. Differential Equations (3) Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: courses 21C; 22A or 67. Solutions of elementary differential equations. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE