Study Abroad

Visit the Global Learning Hub for more information on opportunities available.

Our Advising Center encourages students to study abroad. We offer programs taught by UC Davis faculty, and approve courses from all over the world. If you're interested in studying abroad, the Department of History in collaboration with the UC Davis Summer Abroad program offers three exciting programs led by our UC Davis faculty. Please check with the Global Learning Hub to find out when these programs are next going to be offered.


Cuba: "Revolutionary Cuba"

  • History 165 and History 198

Program Highlights:
  • Listen to Cuban music, learn about Afro-Cuban religions, and explore places in which these developed.
  • Examine the historic crossroads of slavery, piracy, and colonial opulence in the cobbled streets of Trinidad.
  • Talk with tobacco farmers beneath the limestone monoliths of Viñales Valley, the heart of Cuba’s agricultural region.
  • Unpack the contentious history of US-Cuban relations at the Bay of Pigs.
  • Disentangle history and myth at the Ernesto “Che” Guevara Memorial in Santa Clara.
  • Learn about the Cuban healthcare system at the Convento de Belen.


Peru: "Into the Andes: History, Environment and Culture"

  • History 162 or History 103 and History 198
Program Highlights:
  • Explore the historic region of Cuzco on one of the most affordable summer abroad programs.
  • Embark by train for a three-day trip to Machu Picchu, one of the “seven wonders of the world.” 
  • Visit the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.


Austria: "Crossroads of Central Europe"

Vienna, one of Europe’s great imperial capitals, is our classroom. Vienna was the scene of epic battles between Christians and Muslims, as Ottoman Turks besieged the city. Religion and politics intersected in the Habsburg Empire. We explore religious art and pilgrimage shrines. A musical capital, Vienna was home to Mozart and Beethoven. We experience classic coffeehouse culture as centers of intellectual life and politics–Leon Trotzky and Vladimir Lenin were regulars at Café Central. We trace the emergence of modernity in the cosmopolitan multi-ethnic metropolis around 1900 in the works of Freud and Klimt. After the collapse of the Habsburg Empire after World War I we turn to the rise of National Socialism, with a particular focus on Adolf Hitler’s time in Vienna. We visit Mauthausen, Austria’s most notorious concentration camp.

After the end of allied occupation, Vienna, officially “neutral,” became a center of international diplomacy and espionage, serving as a headquarters to the United Nations. With the collapse of the Soviet Empire, Vienna has become a new gateway to Eastern Europe. The program includes a class excursion to Prague. Tentatively scheduled for Spring 2023.

Japan, Singapore, Berlin, Ireland, much more!

Students looking for semester and yearlong programs can visit the Study Abroad Center for information on available programs, application deadlines and financial aid opportunities. If you'd like to learn if your study abroad courses can be applied towards your major, contact the Undergraduate Advising Center for your questions!

Advisor Tips

  • Before going abroad, it is always a good idea to consult with your major advisor about your study abroad plans. For some programs, such as UCEAP, you are required to meet with your major advisor as part of the application process and to complete forms. You may be able to fulfill major requirements while abroad so it’s recommended, and sometimes mandatory, to create an academic plan with your major advisor while applying for a particular study abroad program.
  • While abroad, you may need to remain in contact with your major advisor for academic advising regarding specific courses.
  • Be sure to keep documentation, such as all course descriptions and syllabi.
  • When you return, see your major advisor as needed.