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University of California (UC) Summer Abroad

UC Summer Abroad Faculty-Led 2022 Programs

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.

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Africa and the Middle East

Namibia - Functional Ecology and Herpetology (UC Riverside)

Explore the incredible biological diversity in Namibia, including tropical and desert ecosystems, world-famous geological sites, and regional wildlife such as elephants.

South Africa - Evolution and Fish Biology (UC Santa Cruz) 

Embark on an evolutionary expedition in South Africa, where students snorkel at Lake Malawi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and conduct hands-on fieldwork at the "Cradle of Humankind", where early human fossils were first uncovered. 

South Africa & Zambia - Change in Modern South Africa & Zambia (UC San Diego)

Experience the southern tip of Africa through planting hundreds of trees in nearby forests, participating in music and dance workshops, and embarking on safari trips. Reside along the banks of the Zambezi River in Livingstone, where restaurants, museums, Victoria Falls, and various cultural landmarks that chronicle the country’s colonial and post-colonial history are steps away.

Spain & Morocco - Muslim Granada and Its Legacy in Spain and Morocco (UC Santa Cruz)

Journey through Spain and Morocco for a deep dive into how these cultures inform each other. Both countries are home to striking and rich cultures, which are starkly different from each other linguistically and religiously, yet share a variety of patterns and forms. 

Asia and Oceania

Australia - Anthropology, Law and Conservation (UC Riverside) 

Study the interplay between law, conservation and indigenous rights, through the lenses of cultural anthropology and political ecology.

Australia - Wildlife, Conservation, and Veterinary Medicine Internships (UC Davis) 

This program, in partnership with Loop Abroad, provides students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in two unique areas: wildlife handling and care at a wildlife conservation center and zoo internship at a zoo.

Bali - Health, Healing, and Sustainable Community Development (UC San Diego)

Engage in a mutually-supportive learning community, and gain insight into social and ecological sustainability, health, healing, life, diverse ways of knowing, and moving through the world with integrity and compassion. 

Bhutan - GIS in the Land of the Thunder Dragon (UC Davis)

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.

Hong Kong - Child Development: A Global Perspective (UC Riverside)

Understand and appreciate child development in diverse cultures by critically evaluating how the sociocultural environment shapes children's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Japan - Business and Communication Internships (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 - Design Japan (UC Davis)

Based in Tokyo and Kyoto, this program explores Japan’s design culture and includes visits to castles, temples, and unique museums.

Japan - Engineering and Computer Science Internships (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 an ideal setting to gain international, professional experience.

Japan - Life Sciences in Japan (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 in Japan (UC Riverside)

Learn about the intellectual and cultural history of modern Japan, from the founding of the Japanese Empire in 1868 through today with a focus on "competing imperialisms" between Japan and the United States.

New Zealand - Psychology Internships (UC Davis)

Intern in Auckland or Wellington gaining experience in the fields of psychology and social work in a rich multicultural environment.

Philippines - Remote Island Medicine Internships (UC Davis)

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 - Understanding Economics Through Country Differences (UC Los Angeles)

Economics pervades all aspects of life and our day-to-day decision making. Singapore especially functions as a laboratory for the practice of economics, such as in their limitations on private ownership of vehicles to reduce traffic congestion. 

Thailand - Education Internships (UC Davis)

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

Thailand - Microbiology Lab in the Kingdom of Smiles (UC Davis)

Explore tropical jungles, pristine beaches, exotic markets, and the mega-city of Bangkok while getting hands-on microbiology laboratory experience.

Thailand - Wildlife, Conservation and Veterinary Medicine Internships (UC Davis)

Students will have a chance to live in both city and rural settings and explore Thai culture while learning hands-on veterinary, conservation, and animal science skills.


Austria - Journalism in Central Europe (UC San Diego) 

Acquire critical communication skills, cultural sensitivity and in-depth knowledge to navigate an increasingly global media environment in a central European city at the crossroads of east and west, north and south.

Belgium - Microbiology in Europe's Capital—Brussels (UC Davis)

This program introduces you not only to microbiology as a discipline, but also to the historic laboratories that led to modern microbiology. There will be strong focus on the role of microbes in human disease and our response to them and on the role of microbes in biotechnology, agriculture, and their environmental impacts.

Cyprus - Ancient Technology, Materials, and Forensics (UC Los Angeles)

Become a ‘detective’ through hands-on investigations to identify diagnostic fingerprint markers for authentication and provenance of stolen and looted antiquities.

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

Venture a city through the literary works of Prague’s most famous writer and get lost in a world that the famed German composer, Richard Wagner, once described as “a city beyond compare."

Denmark - In the Footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen (UC Los Angeles)

Follow the footsteps of renowned author Hans Christian Andersen through field trips, walking tours and hands-on exploration of place and space.

France - Americans in Paris (UC Davis)

Walk in the footsteps of Jefferson, Twain, Hemingway, Stein and other Americans in Paris, while discovering the neighborhoods of Paris and yourself. 

France - Exploring Sustainability in Nantes, France (UC Los Angeles)

Explore Nantes, a green capital of Europe, and its journey on becoming part of the climate change solution, and how its citizens actively support their city’s sustainability.

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 -  French Language, Culture, and Society (UC Berkeley)

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 diverse perspectives of the communities that call Paris home.

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 - Introduction to Biological Psychology (UC Davis)

Examine the relationship of neuroanatomy and physiology to motivation, emotion and mental health, social relationships, and cognition in humans and other animals.

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 - Microfluidics Research Applications and Testing (UC Riverside)

Explore how the human body responds to materials on both a cellular and tissue level and how these interactions modify or change the material.

France - Startup Bootcamp: Software with an International Perspective (UC Riverside)

Learn about patterns used to create modular components that can be built up to large scale programs while developing industry standard project management tools such as Github and Kanban boards to track progress through feature identification and specification, development, testing and deployment.

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 where students can turn classroom discussions into actual practice by applying knowledge of ASL to live interactions with deaf people.

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.

Germany - Mathematics and Culture in Berlin (UC Davis)

Live and learn in the German capital that housed several German mathematicians, including Leibniz, Euler, Weierstrass and Kronecker, who made important contributions to the development of calculus.

Greece - Writers in Greece (UC Davis)

Learn about Greece’s vibrant culture while traveling to many beautiful 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 - Mediterranean Nutrition and Food Systems (UC Berkeley)

Study food systems through specific ingredients produced in Chios such as honey, citrus, wine, olive oil, herbs, and mastic, an evergreen tree grown only in Chios for its culinary and medicinal properties.

Greece - Theatrical Design in Ancient and Modern Greece (UC San Diego)

Explore the inspiring city of Athens from a designers’ perspective. and study a wide range of productions with an emphasis on interpretations of Classical Plays, Greek Myths and Epic Poems.

Iceland - Thermodynamics in the Land of Fire and Ice (UC Davis)

What better way to study thermodynamics than in a country that is powered completely by geothermal and hydroelectric resources? From thundering waterfalls to towering volcanoes and geothermal fields, you will experience Iceland in all its intrigue.

Ireland - Bio Sci 2A on the Emerald Isle (UC Davis)

Take Biological Sciences 2A in beautiful Ireland at University College Cork (UCC).

Ireland - Bio Sci 2B in Dublin (UC Davis) 

Experience Ireland while taking Biological Sciences 2B, “Principles of Ecology and Evolution,” at the modern University College Dublin (UCD).

Ireland - Ireland's Silicon Valley (UC San Diego)

Explore Dublin, an economic center known for its ability to attract and retain talent for tech giants such as Google and Amazon, and discover how Dublin continues to respond to the many challenges and opportunities of doing business in the 21st century.

Ireland - Psychology Internships (UC Davis)

Intern in Galway or Limerick with placements focusing on community partnerships in two of Ireland’s most populous cities.

Ireland - Sport History and Cultural Identity (UC Berkeley)

Explore the cultural history of sport in Ireland and the United States. Learn how these popular practices reflect social and national identity (and forms of nationalism), and how sport infuses meaning into cultural participation, consumption, and a shared experience.

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 - Atlantic Foodways: Culture, Science, Governance (UC Los Angeles)

Learn about the Italian food history and culture through the lens of the concept of terroir while examining the development of international bodies borne out of the "international food movement" as a response to food insecurity.

Italy - Classics and History: Exploring Ancient Rome (UC Los Angeles)

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

Italy - Italian in Rome: Renaissance and Modernity (UC Los Angeles)

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.

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 - Science of the Mind (UC Davis)

Study Cognitive Neuroscience through the internationally known Department of Psychology at the University of Bologna in Italy.

Netherlands - NPB 110A—Molecules to Individuals (UC Davis)

Experience the Netherlands while learning about cells and seeing how scientists are studying them.

Netherlands - Sustainable Planning, Development, and Design (UC San Diego)

Study examples of sustainable planning, development, and design in a country known as a leader in innovations in multi-modal transportation, green architecture, landscape architecture and urban design, alternative energy sources, green infrastructure, affordable housing, and strategies to combat sea-level rise.

Netherlands - The Global Governance of International Human Rights (UC Los Angeles)

Gain a deep knowledge of the promises and limits of international human rights and examine the Eurocentric frameworks within which international human rights are discussed and litigated today.

Portugal - Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe (UC Berkeley)

Join the European Innovation Academy in Porto, Portugal for an intensive, fast-paced learning experience, where you will learn from venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, executives from Silicon Valley companies, and experts from across the globe.

Spain - Engineering and Computer Science Internships (UC Davis)

Spend the summer on the coast of the Mediterranean in dynamic Barcelona as an engineering intern. Students will have the opportunity to take an intensive Spanish course, explore Barcelona, and network with engineering and C.S. professionals and interns.

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 - Psychology Internships (UC Davis)

Intern in the Mediterranean gem of Valencia with an individually tailored placement to work toward your career goals in psychology and social services.

Spain - The History of Cancer (UC Davis)

Learn about the medical and scientific discoveries relating to cancer prevention and treatment within historical and social contexts, including differences between the US and Spanish healthcare systems.

Spain - The Other Side/El Otro Lado (UC Berkeley)

Engage deeply with the histories and contemporary realities of migrant and refugee communities in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain. This program will explore the connections between and differences of migrant and refugee narratives in the Mediterranean sea corridor and migrant experiences at the US-Mexico Borderlands.

Spain - Barcelona: 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.

Spain - Spain Through Time: Castles, Palaces, and Religious Places (UC Riverside)

Travel to Spain for a hands-on experience: you will touch a Roman aqueduct, roam around a medieval city and understand the light of a cathedral from looking through its windows. You will seat in the same theater that Roman citizens built in 15 B.C. and, on the next week, you will be staring at the Guernica, Picasso´s masterpiece about Nazi bombings in 1937.

Spain - Spanish Language and Culture (UC Berkeley)

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 Madrileña.

Spain - Spanish Language and Culture - Session I: June Start (UC Los Angeles)

Enjoy your summer in Spain while studying Spanish language and culture in the charming city of Granada.

Spain - Spanish Language and Culture - Session II: August Start (UC Los Angeles)

Enjoy your summer in Spain while studying Spanish language and culture in the charming city of Granada.

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

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.

Switzerland - Earth Science Adventures in the Alps (UC San Diego)

With Switzerland's towering mountain peaks and majestic glaciers as a backdrop, gain a greater understanding of the volcanoes of Europe and the geology of the Alps.

United Kingdom - In Search of Scotland (UC Davis)

Take an intensive writing course coupled with field trips, ghost walks, and a three day tour of the Highlands, including the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and the haunted fields of Culloden.

United Kingdom - London: The 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 - Modern Literary London (UC Riverside)

Experience the diverse literary and cultural traditions of London, marrying practices of literary criticism and urban geography.

United Kingdom - Perspectives in Global Management (UC Davis)

Examine how firms develop new ideas and distribute products and services to international markets, and how they respond to changing winds of trade.

United Kingdom - Psychology Internships in London (UC Davis)

Intern in the global metropolis of London with an individually tailored placement to work toward your career goals in psychology and social services.

United Kingdom - The London Leadership Experience (UC Riverside)

Gain a deeper understanding of human behavior within organizations by studying theories of leadership and teamwork amongst top academics and practitioners in London.

United Kingdom - The History of London (UC Riverside)

London is at once the intellectual, governmental, bureaucratic, cultural, and economic center of an entire nation –and at one time of an empire ruling 25 percent of the world’s people and land. Explore the city by visiting historic sites, neighborhoods, museums, and historic buildings.

United Kingdom - Revel in London (UC San Diego)

Study the richness and complexity of British multiculturalism—with its attendant controversies, debates, and problems—right outside their doorsteps on a daily basis.

Europe (Multi-Country)

France & Italy - World Cinema and the European Film Festival (UC Davis)

Attend an entire A-level film festival in the Italian-Swiss Lake region, with two-weeks of preparatory film studies in Cannes, France.

Denmark, Germany, & Sweden - Sustainable Cities of Northern Europe (UC Davis)

Learn why some European cities are way ahead of U.S. cities in sustainable development and design.

Netherlands & United Kingdom - Design in Europe (UC Davis)

Journey through two European countries famous for their trend-setting historical and contemporary art, architecture and design.

Latin America

Argentina - Engineering and Computer Science Internships (UC Davis)

Spend the summer in bustling Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the South,” as an engineering or computer science intern. Embrace Argentina’s culture in through local excursions and traditional estancias, while working in a customized internship to challenge your engineering and computer science skills.

Argentina - Taking it to the Streets - Community Service, Human Rights & Tango (UC Los Angeles)

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

Belize - Animal Science in the Tropics (UC Davis)

Gain hands-on animal experience in Belize, a country known for its animal diversity and ecological progressiveness.

Bolivia - Pediatric Health Internships (UC Davis)

Rotate at pediatric clinics and hospitals alongside local Bolivian pediatricians and understand the medical, clinical and social issues through daily rounds in wards such as obstetrics, oncology, inpatient, infectious disease, and nephrology.

Bolivia - Primary Care and Rural Medicine Internships (UC Davis)

Take part in patient consultations, laboratory analysis, and prevention efforts in surrounding communities while learning from local experts about the latest developments in Chagas research.

Brazil - Soils and Landscapes of the Tropics (UC Riverside)

Gain hands-on research and field experience and competency in describing, analyzing, and interpreting the genesis of tropical soils through a 12-day, 2,000-mi field campaign in Brazil.

Costa Rica - Sea Turtles and Tropical Ecology in Costa Rica (UC San Diego)

Experience wildlife and ecosystems that only a lucky few get to see.  In addition, you will live in homes of Costa Rican families and experience their culture and hospitality.   

Cuba - Revolutionary Cuba (UC Davis)

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 (UC Davis)

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 - Into the Andes—History, Environment, Culture (UC Davis)

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.

North America (USA & Canada)

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.

Hawaii - Education Internships (UC Davis)

Students interested in global policy have the opportunity to engage with policy makers in Washington, DC, while being immersed in this vibrant city for 10 weeks.

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.

New York - Sociology: Cities and Cultures (UC Los Angeles)

Explore cutting edge, urban, cultural and political issues, and the trendiest neighborhoods in the country's largest city.

Puerto Rico - People, Politics, and Power (UC San Diego)

Many people don't realize that Puerto Rico remains a colony of the United States. While much of the world had decolonized by the 1960s, Puerto Rico's path would be different. This global seminar traces important aspects of Puerto Rico's history and present, and introduces students to a variety of social movements and community organizations working for change.


Worldwide - Business and Communication Virtual Internships (UC Davis)

Go global. yet remain local, gaining work experience and building your resume working virtually with a company based abroad.

Worldwide - Engineering and Computer Science Virtual Internships (UC Davis)

Build your engineering, computer science, or IT experience and expand your global network by working virtually with a team based abroad. 

Worldwide - Social Impact and Public Health Virtual Internships (UC Davis)

Gain work experience with this 8-week, project-based internship. Learn from and contribute to social projects and programs that benefit local communities.

Worldwide - Environment, Green Tech, and Sustainability Virtual Internships (UC Davis)

Intern remotely with companies working to shift the world towards a sustainable economy and reduce the human impact on the globe.