UC Summer Abroad in Humanities and Culture

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UC Berkeley

Australia, Sydney - Global Internships

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

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

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

Brazil, Afro-Feminism, Dance, and Brazil

Gain cultural experience rooted in social justice and black feminist pedagogy by exploring the power of dance and performance with a particular focus on Afro-Brazilian dances, songs and rhythms for the Orixas, and Capoeira of the Candomble tradition.

Canada, Toronto - Global Internships

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

Czech Republic, Prague - Global Internships

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

France, French Language, Culture, and History

Explore the past and present of France, from its rich history to its multicultural present, and examine what it means to be “Parisian” through the perspectives of the communities that call Paris home.

France, Paris - Global Internships

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

Hong Kong, Global Internships

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

India, Mumbai - Global Internships

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

Ireland, Dublin - Global Internships

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

Italy, Italian Language and Culture

Develop your Italian language skills and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Italy this summer.

Mexico, Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Production in Mexico City

This course offers students the opportunity to critically engage with issues, topics, and enactments of gender and sexuality as they intersect with art and performance movements in Mexico City.

Philippines, Narratives of Tradition and Resistance

Learn about Philippine history, culture, and society through interactions with Filipino people, as well as selected lectures by leading scholars in the Philippines.

Portugal, Azorian Culture / Literature

Experience a wide range of Portuguese culture from both a national and a regional perspective.

Singapore, Global Internships

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

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 - Global Internships

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 skills and settle into the Spanish pace of life in Madrid, the stunning cosmopolitan capital of Spain. In this program, students will immerse themselves in the day-to-day life of a Madrileño/a.

Sweden, Stockholm - Global Internships

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

United Kingdom, London - Global Internships

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

United Kingdom, Shakespeare and the Arts in London

Experience the cultural heart of London, from Renaissance art to Shakespeare plays.

USA, California, Los Angeles - Global Internships

Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and professional work experience through an academic internship in the Los Angeles area.

UC Davis

Argentina, 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.

China, Global Fashion 

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.

Cuba, Revolutionary Cuba 

Explore 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 discovering the neighborhoods of Paris and yourself. 

France, Ireland, Spain, Celtic Connections 

Experience Celtic culture through literature, culture, language, music, and politics. Countries: Ireland, France, Spain.

France, Italy, 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.

France, Italy, United Kingdom, The Grand Tour 

Broaden your literary, cultural, and artistic knowledge while traveling all around Europe (UK, France, Italy).

Greece, Writers in Greece 

Learn about Greece’s vibrant culture while traveling to many beautiful and historical sites.

Italy, Art, Culture, History in the Eternal City 

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

Mexico, Literary and Social Movements 

Delve into the powerful Zapatista movement and the rich and diverse contemporary Mayan cultures in their breathtaking and historical home of Chiapas.

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 Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu, one of the great wonders of the world.

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.

Tanzania, Culture, Wildlife, and Activism - NEW 

Combining cultural immersion and field lectures on wildlife behavior, conservation, political economy, tourism, human rights, and indigeneity, this course appeals to all majors.

Thailand, Education Internships 

Spend five weeks supporting underresourced students as an intern in a traditional Thai temple school in Chiang Mai, a beloved destination in the mountainous, jungle-filled north of Thailand.

United Kingdom, Oxford—Portal to Fantasy 

Study in Oxford, the birthplace of modern fantasy: see what inspired Wonderland, Narnia and the Shire, and walk the halls of Hogwarts.

United Kingdom, Scottish Tales 

Study the ghosts and hauntings of Edinburgh, cruise the Loch Ness, visit Glasgow, and trek through the Highlands of Scotland.

USA, California, Immigrant and Refugee Health Internships 

Explore services for vulnerable communities in California’s Bay Area and Central Valley.

UC Los Angeles

Argentina, Taking it to the Streets - Community Service, Human Rights & Tango

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 ongoing projects in Rio de Janeiro and the methodology now used around the world for social action through theater.

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, Exploring Ancient Rome 

Explore the city of Rome and learn about its ancient history, politics, architecture and culture this summer.

Italy, Renaissance and Modernity

Study in Rome, the ideal place to understand the emergence of modern Europe from the Classical period through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque, to the Modern.

Mexico, Mexico City: An American Crossroad 

Consider the impact of Mexican and Mexican American literature and history on US Latinx identity using Mexico City as the primary catalyst of both contemporary chicanidad and transnational conceptions of “America.”

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, Barcelona: 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 - City of Transformations

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.

UC Riverside

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

Study the culture and civilization of a millenary country through hands-on experiences such as touching a Roman aqueduct, roaming around a medieval city, and understanding the light of a cathedral from looking through its windows.

United Kingdom, Subcultural Affiliations: Transatlantic Popular Cultures

Examine popular cultural phenomena--namely punk and post-punk cultures--in a transatlantic frame that ties the history and politics of the UK and the U.S. together.

United Kingdom, The History of London

Understand how London was once the intellectual, governmental, cultural, and economic center of an entire nation and of an empire ruling 25% of the world's people and land through visits to historic sites, neighborhoods, museums, and historic buildings.

UC San Diego

Chile, Literature and Politics in Latin America

With a keen eye on the history of La vía chilena al socialismo under Salvador Allende, our emphasis will be on the tensions between class, indigenous people, labor and political movements and state power in Chile and other Latin American countries.

France, Jazz in Paris

Spend the summer learning how Jazz developed and why it was so enthusiastically received by the Parisians in the 1920s.

Greece, Theatrical Design in Ancient and Modern Greece

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.

Italy, Revelle in Rome

Study the revival of classical culture and values and the place of human beings in the world, as we experience Rome and visit Florence.

Japan, Wilderness and Human Values in Tokyo

Explore the inter-relationship between humans and the environment, examining notions of nature and how the inter-relationship, and ideas about it, changed throughout Japanese history.

Peru, Politics & Religion in Latin America

Survey the history of religion and politics in Peru while also looking at various other interrelated religious traditions such as divination, mummification, and ritual festivals tied to a sacred calendar.

Russia, Mission Siberia

Study environmental changes of Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, as well as ethnic issues relating to the Buryats, the largest indigenous group in Russia, in one of the largest cities in Siberia. 

South Africa, Zambia, Change in Modern South Africa & Zambia

Compare and contrast two authentic African experiences by visiting one of the most popular post-Apartheid cities, Cape Town, South Africa, and the less developed Livingstone, Zambia.

Spain, Spanish Memories, African Hopes, Through Literature & Film

At the crossroads of Africa and Europe, explore Spain and its evolution as a result of African migration. Studies will be reinforced through field trips to Málaga and Morocco.

United Kingdom, Enlightenment, Revolution, and Romanticism in Edinburgh

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.

UC Santa Cruz

Germany, Food Study Field Study in Berlin

Combine food, European history and politics, and the study of state socialism/postsocialism together in this four-week program.

Italy, Italian Language and Culture on the Amalfi Coast

Learn Italian and familiarize yourself with Italian food production while exploring the beautiful town of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

Morocco, Moroccan Cinema, Culture and Arabic Language

Immerse yourself in the beautiful capital city of Rabat while learning about Moroccan cinema, arts and culture, as well as improving your Arabic language skills.