Study Abroad in 60 Seconds: A Video Contest

2017-18 Contest

Study Abroad will award three prizes for the student videos that best capture the relationship to the local culture of their destination and their learning experiences abroad.

  • First Prize: $500
  • Second Prize: $300
  • Third Prize: $200

Contest Overview

We challenge you, our students, to best represent life and learning on a University of Chicago program abroad. Any aspect of your time abroad may be considered for subject matter (e.g., student life, local culture, the classroom, history, community) but we would appreciate a reflection of your relationship to the local culture and your learning experiences there. We hope this will inspire you to be wildly creative—no genre is out of bounds, no format too unique. Animation, film, video, stop motion, photo montage, noir, horror, romance, abstract art, documentary. Amaze us. But for no more than 60 seconds!


Any University of Chicago student of the College may participate. The video can use any audio/visual multimedia (e.g., video, flash, animation, cell phone, slide show) as long as the work is created for this contest and runs for one minute or less. Winners must provide links to their entries uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. Subject matter should be original, relevant to the category, and suitable for distribution. The best submissions will reflect your ability to express ideas and artfully convey a message about what being abroad means to you. Videos can be of any genre, format and aesthetic, ranging from dramatic to art to documentary.

How to Submit

All entries must be in a digital format, uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. Please email Naomi Patschke ( with your name, student number, email address, and the link to your YouTube or Vimeo video. The extended deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

2016-17 Prize-Winning Videos

First Prize Winner
Samuel Audette, Class of 2017
Un Paseo Al-Andalusi

Second Prize Winner
Michelle Gan, Class of 2018
Oaxaca Study Abroad 2017

Third Prize Winner
Kimberly Holmgren, Class of 2018
Study Abroad Jerusalem

Watch more videos on the UChicago Study Abroad YouTube channel.