Summer Abroad Peru - Courses

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Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture

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.

Common Questions

  • I don't speak Spanish-is that a problem?
  • NO - You do not need to speak Spanish to participate in the program (although you will learn quite a bit there).
  • I'm a science major-will I struggle with the course?
  • NO - In previous years, engineering, math, and physics majors have done very well. We always have a nice selection of majors.
  • Can we travel after the course?
  • OF COURSE - The instructor, Jordan Lauhon, can help you plan a trip. Most students do travel before or after the program; some venture to Bolivia or Chile while others get to know other areas of Peru. The Amazon Jungle is another possibility.


History (HIS) 162 and 198 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)


History (HIS) 162. History of the Andean Region (4 units)

History of the Andean Region, the area that now comprises modern Peru, Bolivia and Chile, from the beginning of human settlement to the present. GE credit: AH or SS, WC, WE


History (HIS) 103. Topics in Historical Research (4 units). Available only for students who have already taken HIS 162. GE credit: WE 

History (HIS) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass 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.

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