UCSC Faculty-Led Programs

UC Santa Cruz Faculty-Led Summer Study Abroad programs offer students an international experience with UC Santa Cruz faculty. These programs encompass UC Santa Cruz courses taught abroad, with excursions and cultural activities enhanced by the location. Many provide opportunities for students to visit non-English speaking countries while doing their coursework in English. Class sizes are small — 12-25 students — allowing for an intimate learning experience.

Registration for summer 2019 programs is now open! Register on SlugsAbroad from Oct. 15, 2018 through March 1, 2019.

How to apply


    Accelerated Italian on the Amalfi Coast–Italy

  • Almafi Coast, ItalyLearn Italian while exploring the beautiful town of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. The program will be taught by Lecturer Tonia Prencipe and hosted by Sant’Anna Institute where students will enroll in accelerated Italian, Italian 1A and Italian 1B, completing one year of university-level Italian in five weeks.

  • Art in the Global Context–Czech Republic

  • Czech ReplubicJoin Professor Dee Hibbert-Jones next summer in this immersive studio art class where students create site-responsive sculptures, drawings, performances and installations that explore art in a global context.

  • Cuba Agroecology Practicum

  • CubaJoin Professor Damian Parr next summer where student develop their knowledge and skills of agroecology and ecological horticulture in Cuba.

  • Film History and Preservation in Italy

  • Bologna, ItalyJoin Professors Shelley Stamp and Jennifer Horne it Bologna, Italy, to attend the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival. This festival is the world's premiere festival of film preservation and is a one of a kind opportunity to see rare film prints new preserved and restored by top international film archives.

  • Moku Hanga Printmaking in Tokyo

  • TokyoJoin Professor Jimin Lee next summer to learn Japanese woodblock printmaking "Moku Hanga" known as the "Ukiyo-e technique" widely studied by artists today. Students will be able to study the treasured historical skills and tools of Moku Hanga with greater understanding and appreciation.

  • Serigraphy in Spain

  • Serigraphy in SpainJoin Professor Enrique Leal and supporting faculty next summer to learn serigraphy (silkscreen printing), one of the most popular and dominant printmaking processes used today by contemporary artists and graphic designers.

  • UCSC-HKU Summer Space Program

  • Hong KongJoin Dr. Pablo Saz Parkinson next summer for a five-week summer course in Hong Kong. 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).

How and When to Apply

  1. Use SlugsAbroad to find a program that meets your academic, personal and/or career goals that is within your budget. 
  2. Attend an in-person First Steps Session.
  3. Start a UC Santa Cruz Study Abroad application: Login into SlugsAbroad to complete your Study Abroad Profile and begin the application process.
  4. Complete your application and upload all required documents to SlugsAbroad, including Academic Planning Form, (un)official transcripts, and any other required documents.
  5. Review your SlugsAbroad application and submit.
  6. Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis. Wait to hear from your Advisor by email regarding your next steps or selection!

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