UC Summer Abroad faculty-led programs offer students short, intensive academic courses that are complemented with a wealth of excursions and cultural activities. All UC programs are built around UC courses and are led by world-class UC faculty, administered by a UC campus. Many provide opportunities for students to visit non-English speaking countries while doing their coursework in English. Class sizes are small — 18-30 students — allowing for an intimate learning experience. UC Summer Abroad is open to all University of California students and students from other US institutions.
Israel, Internship (UC Berkeley)
Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Israel.
Israel, Start Up Nation (UC San Diego)
Jerusalem, one of the most fascinating cities on earth, provides an ideal setting for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the complexities of Israel’s history, politics, religion, society and culture.
Namibia, Functional Ecology and Herpetology in Namibia (UC Riverside)
This is a combined field and lecture course that focuses on the biology of amphibians and "reptiles" by exploring their diversity, physiology, ecology, evolution, behavior, and biomechanics. There will be a focus on lizards, snakes, and amphibians of southern Africa, with an emphasis on Namibia.
Join local medical professionals in the historic Children’s Hospital and see how these professionals provide care in a resource-scarce environment. Rotate through a variety of wards while learning about the social and economic conditions that affect pediatric health.
Witness efforts to address health inequities amongst underserved communities. Participants will work with local NGOs, helping with community-based health initiatives and participate in clinical rotations at hospitals in a variety of wards.
Participate in clinical rotations in the heartland of Zulu culture, in a dynamic beach city. Join local healthcare teams serving a large teaching hospital, and learn about the impact HIV/AIDS has on the community.
South Africa, Anthropology of Africa (UC Riverside)
Examine global Africa by looking at ways in which Africa is shaping (and being shaped by) the world historically and currently.
Intern in Sydney or Brisbane in a variety of areas in agriculture, agribusiness, zookeeping, wildlife rescue centers, veterinary hospital work, equine veterinary centers, and more.
Spend the summer in beautiful Sydney as an engineering intern. Placements are customized according to students’ experiences, career goals, interests and skills, and are available at large and small companies in a variety of industries.
Australia, Social Cognition and Drugs (UC San Diego)
Learn about and experience the ground breaking work of Australian neurobiologists as you visit scientific laboratories and explore museums throughout Sydney.
Australia, The Environment and World History (UC San Diego)
Investigate how humans have interacted with the natural world and how this interaction has been influenced by such factors as class, race, and gender.
Learn how to use geographic information systems (GIS) in the peaceful, culturally rich, and biodiverse country of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains, where progress is measured in Gross National Happiness.
China, Business Leadership and Communication (UC Los Angeles)
Experience global business first-hand as you meet local business leaders, visit key cultural and business sights, learn from professors with extensive regional knowledge, and immerse yourself in the economic giant of Hong Kong.
China, Consequences of the New Market Economy (UC Los Angeles)
Aimed at enabling students to learn about and research globalization from a Shanghai-ese perspective, this intensive program will be a rich, fun, and transformative experience.
China, East-West Medicine in Shanghai (UC Los Angeles)
Shanghai, China’s largest and most modernized city, provides students with a chance to witness the unique integration of traditional culture, modern technology, and global perspectives.
China, Global Fashion (UC Davis)
Explore fashion design and global textile production while based in the Yangtze Delta Area – the birthplace of silk and the hub of modern fashion and material culture in China.
Intern in one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world, where English is the language of business. Internships are available in a variety of companies ranging from small start-ups to large, global corporations.
Hong Kong, Globalization and Social Movements (UC San Diego)
Hong Kong’s location at the crossroads of global capitalism and transpacific cultures is an ideal location for students to study the histories of globalization and social movements.
Hong Kong, Summer Space Program (UC Santa Cruz)
This program will provide an overview of past, present, and future space missions, with an emphasis on key players in the US (NASA), Europe (ESA), and China (CNSA).
India, Mumbai - Internship (UC Berkeley)
Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Mumbai, India.
Learn about urban and rural healthcare systems through NGO site visits in Delhi and clinical rotations in the Himalayan foothills, which provide insight on primary care, preventative medicine, and the urban-rural divide.
Japan, Tokyo - Internship (UC Berkeley)
Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Tokyo, Japan.
Japan, Business & Communication - Internship (UC Davis)
Intern in Japan’s vibrant and bustling capital, where traditional blends with ultramodern. As a global leader in technological advancements and the world’s most populous metropolis, Tokyo is a great setting for business internships.
Japan, Life Sciences (UC Davis)
Explore aspects of life sciences in Japan such as active research labs, the world- famous Osaka aquarium, a yogurt fermentation factory, and much more.
Japan, Thinking Abroad (UC Riverside)
Learn about modern Japanese thought while exploring Japan.
Japan, Religion in Japan (UC San Diego)
Explore Kyoto’s numerous Zen temples which represent a fascinating example of how Zen Buddhism has played and continues to play a critical role in the formation of Japanese national modernity.
Japan, Moku Hanga: UCSC Printmaking in Tokyo (UC Santa Cruz)
At Tokyo National University of the Arts, students will be able to study the treasured historical skills and tools of Moku Hanga with greater understanding and appreciation.
Intern in Auckland or Wellington in a variety of business-related fields, while exploring New Zealand’s stunning landscapes and natural beauty.
New Zealand, Psychology - Internship (UC Davis)
Intern in New Zealand, a land of stunning natural beauty and a rich multicultural environment.
Philippines, Narratives of Tradition and Resistance (UC Berkeley)
Learn about Philippine history, culture, and society through interactions with Filipino people, as well as selected lectures by leading scholars in the Philippines.
Learn about healthcare challenges villages encounter and the importance of preventative medicine. Rotate at community clinics and interact with healthcare providers and patients, while learning about the link between clinical medicine and public health.
Singapore, Internship (UC Berkeley)
Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Singapore.
Thailand, Education - Internship (UC Davis)
Spend five weeks as an intern in a traditional Thai temple school in Chiang Mai, a beloved destination in the north of Thailand, the “Land of the Smiles.”
Explore tropical jungles, pristine beaches, exotic markets, and the mega-city of Bangkok while getting hands-on microbiology laboratory experience.
Vietnam, Vietnam Encounters (UC Riverside)
This course is tailored for summer travel-study in Hue, Vietnam. It uses the lens of “travel writing” to study the formation of Vietnamese culture from ancient roots in the Bronze Age to the buzzing present.
Austria, Crossroads of Central Europe (UC Davis)
From the Renaissance to the United Nations, experience life and history in one of Europe’s grand imperial capitals.
Czech Republic, Prague - Internship (UC Berkeley)
Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Prague, Czech Republic.
Intern in the dynamic economic center of the Czech Republic. Prague, situated in the center of Europe, is renowned for its architectural beauty, fascinating history, and vibrant social scene and night life.
Czech Republic, Exercise and Wellness (UC Davis)
Compare and contrast how the Czech people integrate exercise and physical activity into their daily lives as well as how exercise and sport sciences are taught at two leading Czech Universities.
Czech Republic, Art in the Global Context (UC Santa Cruz)
In this immersive studio art class, students create sculptures, drawings, performances and installations that explore art in a global context.
Denmark, In the Footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen (UC Los Angeles)
With the renowned author Hans Christian Andersen as our springboard, this Travel Study program in Denmark will take full advantage of field trips, walking tours and hands-on exploration of place and space.
France, Paris - Internship (UC Berkeley)
Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Paris, France.
France, Americans in Paris (UC Davis)
Walk in the footsteps of Jefferson, Twain, Hemingway, Stein and other Americans in Paris, while participating in one of the lower-cost programs in Europe.
France, Fashion Marketing in Paris (UC Davis)
A defining experience for anyone interested in fashion and marketing.
France, Introduction to Winemaking (UC Davis)
Learn the basics of wine making while visiting many of the major French wine regions and accessing many elite wineries.
France, Sex and Space (UC Davis)
Explore the relationship between architecture and sexuality in the context of European modernism.
France, Global Challenges in Postcolonial France (UC Los Angeles)
Investigate the exciting and complex cultural, economic, political, and social relations of 21st century France.
France, Medieval Paris (UC Los Angeles)
Weaving lectures, walking tours, and short daily trips into one, this program in Paris presents a two-fold approach to the histories of the kingdom of France in the Middle Ages and the early modern period.
France, French Language and Culture (UC Los Angeles)
This intensive French language and culture program will provide you the opportunity - and the tools - to live in Paris like the Parisians do.
France, Jazz in Paris (UC San Diego)
Spend the summer learning how Jazz developed and why it was so enthusiastically received by the Parisians in the 1920s.
France, Sign Language and Studies in Paris (UC San Diego)
Participate in excursions which turn students’ classroom discussions into actual practice where knowledge of ASL will truly be an asset in live interactions with deaf people.
Germany, Mathematics in Berlin (UC Berkeley)
Journey to Berlin to discover the theory and practice of mathematical analysis while being immersed in the city where a lot of mathematics were initially discovered!
This unique course is specifically designed to be developed in Berlin. A city like Berlin offers a vibrant cultural and historical environment that will be used as a backdrop to develop the participants’ awareness of the organic relationship between art and everyday life, and that of performance as a final step resulting from these experiences.
Germany, Race and the City in Berlin (UC San Diego)
Explore late 19th and 20th century history through extensive visits to Berlin's many museums and historical sites.
Greece, Ancient Greece (UC Los Angeles)
Explore ancient Greece through a combination of classical archaeological site visits, lectures, and the works of Homer, Plato, Sophocles, and Aristophanes.
Greece, Writing in Greece (UC Davis)
Learn about Greece’s vibrant culture while traveling to many beautiful and historical sites.
Greece, Theatrical Design in Ancient and Modern Greece (UC San Diego)
Explore the inspiring city of Athens from a designers’ perspective. The course will focus on production design for stage and film including a look at how visual ideas for a story are processed and interpreted.
What better way to study thermodynamics than in a country that is powered completely by geothermal and hydroelectric resources? From thundering waterfalls to towering volcanos and geothermal fields, you will experience Iceland in all its intrigue.
Iceland, Fire and Ice: Geology and Volcanology in Iceland (UC San Diego)
Students will watch geysers erupt, stand in the “gap” between continents along the mid-ocean ridge at Thingvellir, witness the aftermath of classic and globally-significant eruptions (Heimay, Eyjafjallajökull, Laki) and much, much more!
Ireland, BioSci 2A on the Emerald Isle (UC Davis)
Take Biological Sciences 2A in beautiful Ireland at University College Cork.
Ireland, BioSci 2B in Dublin (UC Davis)
Take Biological Sciences 2B in beautiful Ireland at University College Dublin.
Ireland, BioSci Statistics in Cork (UC Davis)
A unique opportunity study STA 100 in a small group setting in a charming location in Ireland.
Ireland, Psychology - Internship (UC Davis)
Assist with a wide range of services to children and teenagers in disadvantaged areas; support the families of children with special needs and long term illness; gain hands-on skills by facilitating activities in Summer Youth Camps; or assist with a non-profit organization that provides support for individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Ireland, Ireland's Silicon Valley (UC San Diego)
Examine one of Europe’s early identified tech hubs and discover how Dublin, Ireland continues to respond to the demands and opportunities of doing business in the 21st century.
Visit Roman, Etruscan, and Greek ruins and discover why Rome is considered an outdoor museum.
Italy, American Writers and Artists Abroad (UC Los Angeles)
Examine the experiences of some of the most important American writers and artists who spent time in Florence, the beautiful Tuscan city where the Italian Renaissance originated.
Italy, Renaissance and Modernity (UC Los Angeles)
Study in Rome, the ideal place to understand Italy’s rich traditions and cultural diversity.
Italy, Rome: The Eternal City (UC Riverside)
This course offers a four-week introduction to the major monuments and sites of ancient Rome where students will see Rome through the centuries.
Italy, Mathematical Beauty in Rome (UC San Diego)
Explore the mathematics and engineering behind Rome's greatest works of architecture.
Italy, Revelle in Rome (UC San Diego)
Study the revival of classical culture and values and the place of human beings in the world, as we experience Rome and visit Florence.
Italy, Psychopharmacology in Florence (UC San Diego)
Visit the oldest pharmacy in the world (along with accompanying museum to describe the production of medicines in this period), several physiology museums, as well as numerous art galleries, several of which have displays related to medicine.
Italy, Accelerated Italian on the Amalfi Coast (UC Santa Cruz)
Learn Italian while exploring the beautiful town of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Students will enroll in accelerated Italian, Italian 1A and Italian 1B, completing one year of university-level Italian in five weeks.
Italy, Film History and Preservation in Italy (UC Santa Cruz)
Study in Bologna, Italy, while attending the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival.
Norway, International Marketing (UC Riverside)
Identify the interaction between international marketing and the cultural factors of target countries while studying in Norway.
Romania, Neurobiology in Bucharest (UC Davis)
Study NPB in the culturally rich and vibrant city of Bucharest. Broaden your intercultural experience meeting with local neuroscience students and faculty.
Spain, Imagining and Re-Envisioning the Urban Setting (UC Berkeley)
Broaden your architecture experience by stepping into a town where culture, food, ritual, and environment significantly impact urban design.
Spain, Engineering in Barcelona (UC Davis)
Spend the summer on the coast of the Mediterranean in dynamic Barcelona as an engineering intern. Students will have the opportunity to learn Spanish, create professional networks, and go on excursions inside and outside the city.
Spain, Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona (UC Davis)
Discover the many lessons we can take home from Barcelona on housing development and neighborhood regeneration efforts.
Spain, International Business Law and Taxation (UC Los Angeles)
Gain an in-depth understanding of international business from the legal and tax perspectives.
Spain, Spanish Language and Culture (UC Los Angeles)
Enjoy your summer in Spain while studying Spanish language and culture in the charming city of Granada.
Spain, The Story of a City, Its Art and Cultures (UC Los Angeles)
Study in depth the Barcelona of today, its cultural dynamism, its place in today’s Spain, and in the heart of Catalan culture.
These are hands-on classes, where you will touch a Roman aqueduct, roam around a medieval city, and understand what a cathedral is from being inside and looking through its windows.
Spain, Spain in the Modern World (UC San Diego)
The location of Madrid, Spain will serve as an ideal site to introduce students to the process of building the modern nation-state, one of the key themes of both courses.
Spain, Serigraphy in Spain (UC Santa Cruz)
Students will advance their technical knowledge and creative skills in the state-of-the-art equipped print media studios of the Faculty of Fine Arts Cuenca, University of Castilla La Mancha while socializing in a cross-cultural, art educational community.
Switzerland, Business Innovation for Sustainability, Social Responsibility and Positive Impact (UC Berkeley)
Examine the drivers of business innovation, while exploring issues of sustainability, labor, stakeholder responsibility and impact from a business perspective, and assessing those same issues from the NGO and governmental perspective.
United Kingdom, Shakespeare and the Arts in London (UC Berkeley)
Experience the cultural heart of London, from Renaissance art to Shakespeare plays.
United Kingdom, Oxford—Portal to Fantasy (UC Davis)
Study in Oxford, the birthplace of modern fantasy: see what inspired Wonderland, Narnia and the Shire, float Ratty and Lyra's river, and walk the halls of Hogwarts.
United Kingdom, Scottish Tales (UC Davis)
Study the ghosts and hauntings of Edinburgh, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, cruise the Loch Ness, visit Glasgow and trek through the Highlands of Scotland.
Study global management perspectives in historic Edinburgh.
United Kingdom, London - City of Transformations (UC Los Angeles)
Gain an intimate knowledge of London, discovering, walking and mapping the psychogeography of the contemporary capital while recovering the hidden traces of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
United Kingdom, International Edinburgh Festival (UC Los Angeles)
The world’s biggest cultural celebration will allow students to study the ways in which stories move between times, places, and tools/media.
United Kingdom, Random Walks (UC Riverside)
In this course we will develop the language of probability theory and its logical structure. We will use this language to study randomness and we will come to understand how order can emerge from randomness in certain and predictable ways.
Learn how to build maintainable and extensible software using industry standard techniques and how to build a business around that software.
United Kingdom, Enlightenment, Revolution, and Romanticism (UC San Diego)
Often referred to as “the Athens of the North” because of its rich intellectual tradition in the arts, humanities, and sciences, Edinburgh is the second most visited city in the United Kingdom.
United Kingdom, Revelle in London (UC San Diego)
Both of the courses in this program are firmly and continually grounded in the historical experience of London. The city itself, and England more broadly speaking, will figure prominently in many of the assignments for both the Humanities course and the course on tourism.
United Kingdom, The Origins of Mind (UC San Diego)
Study in St Andrews, a town with a striking blend of ancient and modern and surrounds rich with history and natural beauty.
This four week travel/study course focuses on legacies of war, exemplary moments of peaceful coexistence, and historical challenges to peace in the former Yugoslavia over the 20th century.
Introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries—the Netherlands and Belgium, two contrasting monarchies in the heart of Europe.
Attend an entire A-level film festival in the Italian-Swiss Lake region, with two-weeks of preparatory film studies in Cannes, France.
Ireland, France, Spain, Celtic Connections (UC Davis)
Experience Celtic culture through literature, culture, language, music, and politics.
Iceland, Germany, Denmark, Viking Visions (UC Davis)
Explore the worlds of Thor, Odin, Freya, shieldmaidens, and more while studying the sagas, historical chronicles, and modern adaptations of old Viking myths in Iceland, Northern Germany, and Denmark.
Learn why some European cities are way ahead of U.S. cities in sustainable development and design.
UK, France, Italy, The Grand Tour (UC Davis)
Broaden your literary, cultural, and artistic knowledge while traveling all around Europe.
Study and experience the great genetic breakthroughs in this grand European tour of genetics: Cambridge and Stockholm.
UK, Netherlands, Design in Europe (UC Davis)
Journey through two European countries famous for their trend setting historical and contemporary art, architecture and design.
Austria, Germany, German Language and Culture Across Europe (UC Los Angeles)
Take courses in German art, culture, and history as you move from Vienna to Munich and on to Berlin.
France, Belgium, International Business Law & Taxation (UC Los Angeles)
Gain an in-depth understanding of international business from the legal and tax perspectives with special emphasis on the E.U. regulatory scheme and tax treaties between the U.S. and Europe.
Examine the individual systems of government in Britain, the Netherlands and France and the role played by these countries in world politics.
Argentina, Taking it to the Streets (UC Los Angeles)
Experience the full immersion in the rich cultural resources, vibrant social life and political activities of Buenos Aires.
Experience the challenges of providing pediatric care to diverse, low-income populations, including indigenous groups. Participants will rotate alongside local pediatricians at clinics and hospitals, including the country’s largest children’s hospital.
Join healthcare teams in urban hospitals and rural clinics in the picturesque city of Tarija. Learn about the importance of preventative medicine and about pathologies not commonly seen in North America, like Chagas disease.
Brazil, The Black Diaspora in Brazil (UC Riverside)
By interacting directly with activists and their organizations in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, students gain insight on (1) social problems affecting Black and impoverished communities, and (2) the process by which emerge the responses generated within such communities to address the problems.
Intern in laboratories and research farms at Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), an international institute supporting agricultural development and biological conservation throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Located in Turrialba in the heart of Costa Rica, a leader in the development of sustainable agriculture.
Cuba, Revolutionary Cuba (UC Davis)
Experience the historic and ever-changing city of Havana and examine Cuba's revolutionary tradition on a multi-city trip across the island.
Cuba, Cuban Culture and Society (UC Riverside)
This class will bring together perspectives on the politics, relations, and values that influence contemporary Cuba and Cuban culture.
Cuba, Agroecology Practicum (UC Santa Cruz)
Students develop their knowledge and skills of agroecology and ecological horticulture in Cuba.
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interact with multiple indigenous groups and see parts of Ecuador that are not available to traditional tourists.
Mexico, Spanish in the Mexican Context (UC Los Angeles)
Study Spanish language or Mexican literature in a city lined with colonial mansions and participate in a number of cultural excursions to Mayan ruins, the Yucatecan cenotes, and protected wildlife reserves.
Peru, The Archaeology of the Incas (UC Berkeley)
Discover the ancient Incan Civilization in its former capital Cusco, Peru through first hand anthropological research and visits to historical Andean sites. and visits to historical Andean sites.
Peru, Global Health in Peru (UC Los Angeles)
Gain first-hand experience in the global health field with various visits to local hospitals, health NGO's, as well as trips outside of Lima to Iquitos, Peru.
Canada, Engineering in Toronto - Internship (UC Berkeley)
Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in engineering in Toronto, Canada.
Canada, Toronto - Internship (UC Berkeley)
Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Toronto, Canada.
USA, California, SF Bay Area - Internship (UC Berkeley)
Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and professional work experience through an academic internship in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Explore services for vulnerable communities in California’s Bay Area and Central Valley.
Learn about visual communication while exploring the iconic landmarks—from the dramatic monuments on the National Mall to the famous skyline of the city that never sleeps.
USA, Hawaii, Education - Internship (UC Davis)
In the spirited Polynesian capital of Honolulu, spend five weeks interning as a teacher’s assistant in a local school while also being introduced to the island’s unique way of life (‘ao’ao).
USA, Guam, #NativeJustice: Social Movements in Guam (UC Los Angeles)
From the ecological preservation of jungle and reef habitats to the ongoing quest for indigenous Chamorro self-determination, students will receive training in and everyday exposure to the social movements of Guam, the Mariana Islands, and the wider Asia-Pacific.
USA, New York, Global Governance and the United Nations System (UC Los Angeles)
Explore the world's most cosmopolitan city and study the architecture of contemporary global governance and its premier international institution--the United Nations.
USA, New York, Cities and Cultures (UC Los Angeles)
Explore cutting edge, urban, cultural and political issues, and the trendiest neighborhoods in the country's largest city.