Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, LMU has canceled all Summer 2020 programs that involve international and domestic travel.
SFTV’s study abroad programs give you the chance to absorb new cultures while you continue developing your knowledge of visual storytelling. Spending time in a different country will give you a deeper well of material to draw from, enriching both your skills and the projects you produce. The cost of the semester-long programs (tuition, housing, meals, transportation, and excursions) is comparable to that of a semester at LMU.
Descriptions of SFTV’s current programs are below. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Summer 2020 program in Bologna has been canceled. No determination has been made yet about Fall 2020 programs. Check LMU's Study Abroad website for the latest updates about all of its programs.
International Documentary Program
Faculty lead: Glenn Gebhard, Professor of Production
The International Documentary Program gives students in their junior year a semester of rigorous production training, grooming them for careers in film, TV, and beyond. The program prepares you thoroughly for your venture overseas by requiring prior study in German and European topics. Once in Bonn, you'll get hands-on experience through intensive courses and workshops before beginning your own documentary short.
This program is carried out in partnership with FITS Europe, hosted by the Academy for International Education—a prestigious study-abroad organization that's been collaborating with LMU for more than 20 years.
SFTV offers two options in Bonn: A one-semester study abroad program, or a tailored one-semester program that comprises a minor in International Documentary Production. Click here for more info about this minor.
Screenwriting Program, Budapest Film Academy
Faculty lead: Karol Hoeffner, Assistant Professor and Chair of Screenwriting
SFTV’s screenwriting study abroad program is held in conjunction with Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). Located in the heart of Hungary’s capital, just blocks from the Danube River, the Budapest Film Academy (BFA) offers students a unique opportunity to learn different approaches to filmmaking while taking classes with Hungarian and international students.
Faculty lead: Carla Marcantonio, Assistant Professor and Chair of Film, TV, and Media Studies
Students who take part in this summer program have the opportunity to attend the annual Il Cinema Ritrovato—the largest and most prestigious film restoration festival in the world. The festival partners with more than 25 institutions dedicated to film history, preservation, and restoration, including Martin Scorcese's Film Foundation. In addition to attending the festival, students take classes and seminars and go on excursions that offer invaluable opportunities for learning and connecting with global film culture.
Eighteen SFTV students made the trek to Bonn, Germany to live, work and play as part of LMU's Semester Abroad program. Situated on the Rhine River, Bonn is the hometown of Beethoven and is the ideal location for cultural excursions including festivals, film studio tours, exhibitions and trips to other European countries.