Summer Abroad Europe - Courses

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Design in Europe

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.


Design (DES) 187 and 198 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)


Design (DES) 187. Narrative Environments (4 units) 

Design of storytelling environments and multi-sensory experiences for cultural, commercial, entertainment and public spaces. Interpretive planning and design for specific exhibit audiences. Manipulation of objects and the communication of complex ideas in the exhibition environment. GE credit: AH, VL

Design (DES) 198. Directed Group Study (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.

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

No prerequisites are enforced for this program beyond the general eligibility requirements.