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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 in collaboration with the UC Davis Summer Abroad program offers two exciting programs:


Revolutionary Cuba

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


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.