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Portugal—Hidden Gem

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.




Portuguese (POR) 159. Special Topics in Luso-Brazilian Literature and Culture (4 units)

No prerequisites required. Course taught in English. Historically contextualized survey of Portuguese cultural production, particularly literature, the visual arts, and music. Attention will be paid both to “high culture” and to popular and folkloric cultural expressions. The course will begin in the medieval period, explore Portuguese culture during its centuries as a colonial empire, and conclude today, discussing Portugal as a post-colonial, multi-racial, and multi-cultural member of the European Union.

Portuguese (POR) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass Grading Only)

This course, which runs in tandem with POR 159, includes participation in excursions and tours and attendance in guest lectures, workshops, and performances. These will complement the academic and cultural content of POR 159. Students will regularly be asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary.

No prerequisites are enforced for this program beyond the general eligibility requirements. No knowledge of Portuguese is necessary.