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Study Abroad

The Department of History encourages students to study abroad. We offer three programs taught by department faculty, and approve history courses from all over the world. If you're interested in studying abroad, the Department of History offers three exciting programs:


Vienna, Austria

Vienna: Crossroads of Central Europe

A UC Davis Quarter Abroad Program

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.


  • HIS 102S, Topic 1 (5 credits)
  • HIS 102S, Topic 2 (5 credits)
  • HIS 100: Topics in History 1 (4 credits)
  • HIS 100: Topics in History 1 (4 credits)
  • Optional 1-credit internship. (History 100; 102 can be repeated for credit)


Program Highlights:

  • Class trip to Prague. 
  • Three days in the Austrian Alps! We take a gondola to our mountain-top lodge and relive The Sound of Music.
  • Medieval Castles & Baroque Palaces
  • Wine-tasting in Vienna’s many wine gardens.
  • Live performances of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.
  • Challenge your palate—extra credit for adventurous eating!



Revolutionary Cuba

A UC Davis Summer Abroad Program

Courses: History 165 and 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.

Cuzco, Peru

Into the Andes: History, Environment and Culture

A UC Davis Summer Abroad Program

Courses: History 162 or 103 and 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.


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 toward the major, contact the Undergraduate Advising Center for the Department of History.