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.

NOTE: The deadlines for Summer 2022 UCSC Global Seminars have passed. Please contact globallearning@ucsc.edu for more information. 


  • Summer 2022 Global Seminars



    Agroecology Practicum in Guatemala (click here)
    Led by: Damian Parr (he/him/his), Lecturer of Environmental Studies
    Location(s): Guatemala
    Subject(s): Agroecology, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies



    Art in the Global Context (click here)
    Led by: Dee Hibbert-Jones (she/her/hers), Professor of Art & Barbara Benish, Lecturer in Visual Studies and Studio Art
    Location(s): Czech Republic and Germany
    Subject(s): Studio Art


    Camping - Dance, Choreography, and Performance in France (click here)
    Led by: Gerald Casel (he/they), Provost of Porter College
    Location(s): Paris, France
    Subject(s): Movement Arts, Dance, Choreography


    Fair Trade and Culture Regional Field Study in Central Veracruz (click here)
    Led by: Leslie Lopez, Lecturer (she/her/hers), PhD Anthropology, Lecturer in Latin American and Latino Studies, Community Studies, and Community Engagement at Oakes College; Director, Corre la Voz Program in Education for Community Development

    Location(s): Mexico
    Subject(s): Latin American & Latino Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Community Studies, Environmental Studies, History, History of Art & Visual Culture, Critical Race & Ethnic Studies, Sustainable Studies, Education, Spanish Studies

    *Upcoming Online Info Sessions: Feb 24th at 12:30pm - Register Here 


    Film History and Preservation in Bologna (click here)
    Led by: Shelley Stamp (she/her/hers), Professor of Film and Digital Media; Jennifer Horne (she/her/hers), Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media
    Location(s): Italy
    Subject(s): Film and Digital Media

    * This program is currently full, and a waitlist is being taken. To get added to the waitlist submit an application.


    Evolution and Fish Biology in Southern Africa (click here)
    Led by: Dr. Giacomo Bernardi (he/him/his), Professor of Biology
    Location(s): South Africa and Malawi
    Subject(s): Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental studies



    Food Study Field Study in Berlin (click here)
    Led by: Lissa Caldwell (she/her/hers), Professor of Anthropology and Doctoral Candidate April Rebar (she/her/hers)
    Location(s): Berlin, Germany
    Subject(s): Anthropology, Politics


    Italian Culture Through Food and Language on the Amalfi Coast (click here)
    Led by: Tonia Prencipe (she/her/hers), Lecturer in Italian
    Location(s): Italy
    Subject(s): Italian Language & Culture



    Tradition and Innovation: Relief Printmaking in Korea (click here)
    Led by: Jimin Lee (she/her/her), Professor of Art
    Location(s): Korea
    Subject(s): Studio Art



    Muslim Granada and Its Legacy (click here)
    Led by: Camilo Gomez- Rivas (he/him/his), Associate Professor of Mediterranean Studies
    Location(s): Spain and Morocco
    Subject(s): Literature, History, History of Art and Visual Culture, Sociology, Arabic Studies, Anthropology, General Social Sciences



    Watershed Thinking in Sustainability (click here)
    Led by: Dr. Tela Favaloro, Lecturer in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rachel Carson College and Dr. Julianne Hazlewood, Lecturer in Rachel Carson College and Environmental Studies
    Location(s): Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
    Subject(s): Sustainability Studies, Environmental Studies, Renewable Energy, Cultural Geography, Indigenous Studies, Collaborative Methodologies

    *Upcoming Online Info Sessions: Feb 24th at 3:30pm - Register Here 


    Writing 2 in Ireland: Research and Travel Writing (click here)
    Led by: Steve Coulter (he/him/his), Lecturer in Writing
    Location(s): Ireland
    Subject(s): Writing

    * This program is currently full, and a waitlist is being taken. To get added to the waitlist submit an application.


    How to Apply to UCSC Global Seminars

    1. Complete your Profile in the Global Learning Portal.
    2. Check deadlines and capacity to confirm that your program is still open.
    3. Check the eligibility requirements and pre-requisites for your program.
    4. Submit the application in the Global Learning Portal by the deadline.
    5. Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis.