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 audiovisual 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. 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 UChicago Box or another file sharing service. Please send an email to Naomi Patschke (email@example.com) with your name, your student number, a title, a description, and a link to your video file. The deadline for 2022–23 submissions is Monday, May 1, 2023.
Up to three prizes will be awarded for the videos that best capture the students’ relationship to the local culture and their learning experiences abroad.
- First Prize: $500
- Second Prize: $300
- Third Prize: $200
Winning entries will be featured on the UChicago Study Abroad YouTube channel.
All submissions become the property of the College of the University of Chicago, which will enjoy full, non-exclusive rights of use and circulation (with attribution to the creator). If you submit a video it is understood that you have granted this right.
Please email any questions about the video contest to Naomi Patschke, Study Abroad Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021–22 Prize-Winning Submissions
- First Prize: Senegal in 60 Seconds by Margot Bolanos-Gamez, ’23
- Second Prize: Six Months in Italy by Angelina Torre, ’23
- Third Prize: Greece by Alex Sheen, ’23
Watch more student videos on our YouTube channel.