UC Summer Abroad in Humanities and Culture

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UC Berkeley

Australia, Sydney - Internship

Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Sydney, Australia. 

China, Hong Kong - Internship

Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Hong Kong.

Czech Republic, Prague - Internship

Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Prague, Czech Republic.

France, French Language, Culture, and History

Dive headfirst into French culture—past and present—while living in Paris, one of the most picturesque cities in the world.

France, Paris - Internship

Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Paris, France.

Italy, Italian Language and Culture

Develop your knowledge and understanding of Italian history, society and culture from personal experience.

Spain, International Migration

Journey to Barcelona and investigate the effects of migration in Western Europe and the United States before and after September 11, 2001.

Spain, Imagining and Re-Envisioning the Urban Setting

Broaden your architecture experience by stepping into a town where culture, food, ritual, and environment significantly impact urban design.

Spain, Madrid (Internship)

Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Madrid, Spain.

Spain, Spanish Language and Culture

Sharpen your Spanish language abilities in Madrid, the stunning cosmopolitan capital of Spain.

Taiwan, Business Chinese

Advance your Mandarin language skills while taking your business career to the next level in Taipei, Taiwan's capital and largest city.

United Kingdom, Paganism: Classical and Modern

Journey to London to discover the pagan models for values that celebrate desires as a means of participating in aspects of life at its most intense. 

United Kingdom, London - Internship

Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in London.

Netherlands, Belgium, History, Art, and Identity in Europe

Introduce yourself to the cultural and political identity of the Low Countries—the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, three contrasting monarchies in the heart of Europe.

UC Davis

Argentina, Buenos Aires—Music, Film and Culture in the Global City

Experience the vibrant “Paris of Latin America” through the abundance of its street fairs, music and film festivals, cultural activities, and amazing cuisine.

Cuba, Revolutionary Cuba

Experience the historic and ever-changing city of Havana and examine Cuba's revolutionary tradition on a multi-city trip across the island.

Ecuador, Environmental Justice in Indigenous Ecuador

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. 

France, Americans in Paris 

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. 

Italy, Art, Culture, History in the Eternal City 

Visit Roman, Etruscan, and Greek ruins and discover why Rome is considered an outdoor museum.

Peru, Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture 

Explore the diverse cultural and natural landscapes of the Peruvian highlands. Based in Cuzco, the program includes trips to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

Portugal, Hidden Gem

Porto will be our gateway to an exciting exploration of Portuguese culture, literature, and society.

South Africa, City to Safari

Experience the literature, history, and culture of South Africa while in the amazing waterfront city of Cape Town and on safari. See elephants, rhinoceros, buffalos, lions, and leopards!

Spain, Three Cultures of Medieval Spain

Multiculturalism is not just a 21st century phenomenon. Explore the cities of Salamanca, Toledo, Madrid, Cordoba, Sevilla, and Granada to learn about the religious and cultural differences of medieval Spain. 

United Kingdom, At the Crossroads of Gender and Communication

Consider how men and women communicate as you engage with culture, art, history, and the city of London.

United Kingdom, Oxford—Portal to Fantasy

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

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.

USA, New York, Washington D.C, Iconic American Landmarks

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.

France, Switzerland, World Cinema and the European Film Festival

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

Experience Celtic culture through literature, culture, language, music, and politics.


Argentina, Taking it to the Streets

Experience the full immersion in the rich cultural resources, vibrant social life and political activities of Buenos Aires. 

Brazil, Theater of the Oppressed

Spend your summer at the Center for Theater of the Oppressed (CTO) learning about their on-going projects in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil, Portuguese Language in the Brazilian Context

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to live and study in Salvador da Bahia, one of Brazil's foremost cultural centers.

Denmark, In the Footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen

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. 

Greece, Ancient Greece

Explore ancient Greece through a combination of classical archaeological site visits, lectures, and the works of Homer, Plato, Sophocles, and Aristophanes. 

Italy, American Writers and Artists Abroad

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, Italian Language and Culture

Enjoy an idyllic summer on the Adriatic coast of Italy while studying language and culture in the capital of Italian seaside tourism and nightlife.

Mexico, Spanish in the Mexican Context

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. 

Spain, The Story of a City, Its Art and Cultures

Study in depth the Barcelona of today, its cultural dynamism, its place in today’s Spain, and in the heart of Catalan culture.

United Kingdom, London and the Age of Revolution

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, Shakespeare

Experience Shakespeare’s plays as they were meant to be experienced, on the stage as well as the page, and in the company of his fellow dramatists, during a summer session spent in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, England.

Austria, Germany, German Language and Culture Across Europe

Take courses in German art, culture, and history as you move from Vienna to Munich and on to Berlin.

UC Riverside

Ghana, West African Dance Abroad

Ghana is one of Africa’s fastest-growing, more diverse economies and is held as a model for peace and democracy on the continent. Come study and live alongside Ghanaian and international students.

Greece, The Big Olive: History and Culture of Classical Athens

The course explores Athenian history ca. 479-404 BCE, when the city developed a tributary, maritime empire that ranked it among the most powerful polities in the eastern Mediterranean world. 

Spain, Spain Thru Time: Castles, Palaces and Religious Places

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.

United Kingdom, The History of London

Study Britain 1485-1760 and Modern Britain in London. The program syllabus will be posted online soon.

United Kingdom, Modern Literary London

This special double course takes place in central London, UK. Students will study the modern poems, short stories, novels, and cultural history that have constructed London as a global city, while living there and experiencing it firsthand.

United Kingdom, Subcultural Affiliations: Transatlantic Popular Cultures

This study abroad program in Scotland introduces students to cultural studies by highlighting key terms and concepts that have come to define the field.

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.

UC San Diego

Czech Republic, In Search of Kafka in Prague (UC San Diego)

Imagine walking on the Charles Bridge, over the Vltava River, as the baroque statues, depicting various saints stationed on the balustrade, evoke a gothic sense of romance amid a Bohemian city.

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, Warren in Paris (UC San Diego)

This global seminar offers students a deep immersion in the enchantments of Paris, past and present.

Germany, Modernism and Design: The Bauhaus Experience (UC San Diego)

This Global Seminar focuses on the history, contradictions, and legacy of the Bauhaus School and its underlying philosophy as a lens into the larger International Style in architecture and planning across the world.

Greece, Modern Greece (UC San Diego)

Athens is one of the oldest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world. And Greece, of course, is renowned for its long history, natural beauty, spectacular seascapes, and welcoming culture. What better place to spend part of your summer studying history? 

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.

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.

Mexico, Revolution and Resistance (UC San Diego)

In the classroom (in a beautiful colonial neighborhood in the southern part of the city) you will learn all about modern Mexican history, from the Mexican Revolution’s calls for economic and social justice to the dilemmas of post-revolutionary nation-building and the nation’s contemporary social and political challenges.

Spain, Spanish Memories, African Hopes Through Literature and Film (UC San Diego)

Literature and film from Africa and Spain, providing perspectives from both sides will be linked for a portrait of this evolving, often uneasy merger of complex cultures and religions. 

Thailand, Sex and Health in Southeast Asia (UC San Diego)

Sexual Health in Bangkok focuses on efforts to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS among sexually diverse populations in Bangkok.

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, Old Europe, New Europe: 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.