UCSC Faculty-Led 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.

Summer 2024 program details will be shared during fall quarter 2023

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  • Summer 2023 Global Seminars


    Agroecology Practicum in Cuba | Cuba
    Led by: Antonio Roman-Alcala, Lecturer in Agroecology

    Subjects: Agroecology, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies


    • ENVS 133B: Agroecology Practicum (6 units)

    Art and Globalization | Czech Republic and Germany
    Led by: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Professor of Art & Barbara Benish, Lecturer in Visual Studies and Studio Art
    Subjects: Studio Art


      • ART 186: Art and Globalization (6 units) 

    Focus on Africa | Kenya
    Led by: Melvin Cox, Lecturer Focus on Africa
    Subjects: Public Health, Energy, Transportation, Media Technology and Education


    • Merrill 183: Focus on Africa - (7 units) - pending CCI review

    Eco-Entrepreneurship in Costa Rica
    Led by: Nada Milijkovic, Crown Continuing Lecturer and Program Manager for Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development and Alexa Loken, Lecturer
    Subjects: Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability/ Environmentalism, Eco Tourism, Hospitality, Tourism, International Cross-Cultural Communication, Geography, History, Colonialism, Business, Terrestrial Ecology, Marine Biology, Politics, Ethics, Sociology


    • Crown 92: Social and Creative Entrepreneurship (5 units) 
    • Crown 94: Eco-Entrepreneurship (5 units) 

    Moroccan Cinema, Culture and Arabic Language | Morocco
    Led by: Peter Limbrick, Professor of Film and Digital Media
    Subjects: Film and Digital Media, Arabic language


    • Film 168M: Moroccan Cinema and Culture (5 units)
    • Arabic 1 or Arabic 4 (5 units)

    Evolution and Fish Biology in Southern Africa | South Africa and Malawi
    Led by: Dr. Giacomo Bernardi, Professor of Biology
    Subjects: Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental studies


    • BIOE 157A: Ichthyology (7 units)
    • BIOE 157B: Evolution (5 units)

    Right Livelihood, Agroecology and the Cultures of India
    Led by: David Shaw, Right Livelihood College Coordinator and Annapurna Pandey, Continuing Lecturer in Anthropology
    Subjects: Agroecology, Gender Studies, Anthropology


    Mediterranean France: The History and Politics of Immigration| France
    Led by: Muriam Davis, Associate Professor History and Thomas Serres, Assistant Professor Politics
    Subjects: History and Politics


    • HIS 170C: France and Its Empire in the 20th Century (5 units)
    • POLI 166: Politics of Migration (5 units)

    Muslim Granada and Its Legacy | Spain and Morocco
    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


      • LIT 141G: Granada: The Moor's Last Sigh and the Muslim Frontier (6 units)

    Mokuhanga Printmaking in Japan
    Led by: Jimin Lee, Professor of Art
    Subject: Studio Art


    • ART 161J Mokuhanga: UCSC Printmaking in Japan (6 units)

    Writing 2: Travel Writing and Podcasting in Ireland | Ireland 
    Led by: Steve Coulter, Lecturer in Writing; Rachel Anne Goodman, Lecturer in Community Studies
    Subjects: Writing, Media


      • Writing 2 GS: Rhetoric and Inquiry: Research and Travel Writing in Ireland (6 units)
      • CRWN 98B: Podcasting: Digital Storytelling (2 units) 


    How to Apply to UCSC Global Seminars

    Applications for the majority of 2023 programs are now open in the Global Learning Portal. Applications for the Costa Rica will open on January 25th, 2023 at 11:45am. Applications for India will open on February 1st, 2023 at 11:45am. Programs will fill first come first served based on eligibility and completed applications. Please visit this page for more information.