Study Abroad Programs

SFTV’s study abroad programs are opportunities 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 a semester on the LMU campus. 

Check LMU's Study Abroad website for the latest updates about all of its programs. Descriptions of SFTV’s current programs are below. 

International Documentary Program
Bonn, Germany

Faculty lead: Glenn Gebhard, Professor of Production

The International Documentary Program gives students in their junior year a semester of rigorous production instruction, preparing them for careers in film, TV, and beyond. The program trains you thoroughly for your venture overseas by requiring prior study in German and European topics. Once in Bonn, you will 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 has 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 information about this minor.

Screenwriting Program, Budapest Film Academy 
Budapest, Hungary

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.


SFTV Summer
Bologna, Italy

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.