UCSC Global Seminars

UCSC Global Seminars are faculty-led summer programs that offer students global experiences with UC Santa Cruz faculty. These programs encompass UC Santa Cruz courses taught abroad/away, 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.

Global Seminars are open to UC students from any campus and non-UC students.


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Summer 2024 Global Seminars

Led by: Damian Parr, Research & Education Coordinator in Agroecology
Subjects: Agroecology, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies
Course: ENVS 133B: Agroecology Practicum (6 units)

Led by: Camilo Gomez- Rivas, Associate Professor of Mediterranean Studies
Subjects: Literature, History, History of Art and Visual Culture, Sociology, Arabic Studies, Anthropology, General Social Sciences
Course: LIT 141G: Granada: The Moor’s Last Sigh and the Muslim Frontier (6 units)

Led by: Nada Miljkovic, Crown Continuing Lecturer and Program Manager for Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development
Subjects: Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability/Environmentalism, Geography, History, Colonialism, Business, Marine Biology, Politics, Ethics, Sociology, and more.
Courses: Crown 92G: Social and Creative Entrepreneurship, GE: PE-H (5 units) and Crown 94: Eco Entrepreneurship, GE: PR-S (5 units)


Led by: David Shaw, Right Livelihood College Coordinator and Annapurna Pandey, Continuing Lecturer in Anthropology
Subjects: Agroecology, Gender Studies, Anthropology
Courses: Anthropology 110I: Cultures of Sustainability & Social Justice, GE: PE-E (5 units) Anthropology 130I: Cultures of India, GE: ER (5 units)

Led by: Dr. Giacomo Bernardi, Professor of Biology
Subjects: Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental studies
Courses: BIOE 157B: Ichthyology (7 units) & BIOE 157A: Evolution (5 units)

Led by: Shelley Stamp, Professor of Film and Digital Media
Subject: Film & Digital Media
Courses: FILM 132A: International Cinema to 1960 (5 units) & FILM 185S: Circulating Cinema: Festivals, Programs, Spectators (2 units)


Led by: Tonia Prencipe, Lecturer in Italian
Subjects: Italian Language, Cultural Studies, Anthropology
Courses: ITAL 50 1: Basic Italian Conversation (5 units) & ITAL 101: Italian Culture Through Food (5 units)

Led by: Jimin Lee, Professor of Art
Subject: Studio Art
Course: ART 161J Mokuhanga: UCSC Printmaking in Japan (6 units)

Led by: Guido Bordignon, Associate Teaching Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Subject: Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Course: BIOL 81A: Nutrition of Sport (5 units) & BIOL 81B: Biochemistry of Sport (5 units)


Led by: Steve Coulter, Lecturer in Writing; Rachel Anne Goodman, Lecturer in Community Studies
Subjects: Writing, Media
Courses: Writing 2 GS: Rhetoric and Inquiry: Research and Travel Writing in Ireland (6 units) & CRWN 98B: Podcasting: Digital Storytelling (5 units, pending approval)


How to Apply

Applications for 2024 programs will open on December 1, 2023. Programs will fill first come first served, based on eligibility and completed applications. Visit the How to Apply webpage for more information.