SFTV’s study abroad programs give you the chance to absorb new cultures while you continue developing your knowledge of visual storytelling. The cost of the semester-long programs (tuition, housing, meals, transportation, and excursions) is comparable to that of a semester at LMU. Spending time in a different country will give you a deeper well of material to draw from, enriching your storytelling skills and the projects you’ll produce.
Descriptions of SFTV’s current programs are below. (Click here to read more about LMU’s study abroad programs.)
International Documentary Program
The International Documentary Program affords students in their junior year a semester of rigorous production training, grooming them for careers in film and beyond. The program is unique in how thoroughly it prepares participants for their venture overseas, requiring prior study in German and European topics. Once in Bonn, you'll get hands-on experience in intensive courses and workshops before beginning your own documentary short. The International Documentary Program is a partnership with FITS Europe hosted by the Academy for International Education, which has been collaborating with LMU for more than 20 years.
SFTV offers a one-semester study abroad program in Bonn, or a tailored one-semester program that comprises a minor in international documentary production. Click here for more info about the international documentary minor.
Screenwriting Program, Budapest Film Academy
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.
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.