Global Learning

Types of Global Learning Opportunities

The Global Learning Hub offers programs, workshops and resources that enhance your academic and career pursuits through four broad areas of opportunity:

The Global Learning Hub also offers many opportunities for students to engage global learning virtually. Please use the hyperlinks below to navigate virtual opportunities:

Key Resources

Featured Programs!


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 2024.


Cuba: "Revolutionary Cuba"

Study the history and contemporary significance of the Cuban Revolution while living and traveling in Cuba. We will read historical narratives, watch Cuban films, meet with Cuban scholars and students, and immerse ourselves in daily life to develop our own interpretations of Cuba’s revolutionary tradition. What historical forces and circumstances led to the Cuban Revolution? How did participants, bystanders, and detractors experience the upheaval, and how have they struggled over its meaning and memory? How did the revolution impact hemispheric affairs and global politics? What does the future hold for Cuba and its revolutionary tradition? The program is based in Havana and includes frequent field trips and overnight excursions to Pinar del Río, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Varadero, and more.


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

Based in Cuzco, Peru, this interdisciplinary program explores the environmental history and culture of the Andean region from pre-Hispanic time to the present. Readings and lectures will be complemented by field trips, including an overnight visit to Machu Picchu. Housing with a local NGO, immersive cultural experiences, and lectures by leading specialists will shed light on the changing relationship between people and nature in the Andes. How did the Inca harness the Andean environment to rule the greatest empire in the world by 1492? How did the Atlantic exchange of peoples, plants, animals, and disease unleashed by the Spanish conquest alter life in the Andes? What can Andean societies teach us about global climate change today? Optional Spanish and Quechua lessons will be available.

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.

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.