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Learning Abroad Contests 

Showcase your skills and experience by participating in our various contests.

 Learning Abroad Contests

 This festival is open to returned study abroad students and to international and exchange students at the University of Utah.

Please create a short film (3-15 minutes) on your international experience and what it means to you. It can include footage, text, photos, audio, etc. Be creative!

Submission Deadline:

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Film Festival:

Date: Thursday, November 16th

Time: 5-6 pm

Location: Union Theater

Submission Guidelines: 

  • Use images that are your own and music that is obtained legally (i.e., royalty-free, giving credit to the artist) 
  • Save your video title in the following format: UID_movietitle - For example: U0223356_MyTimeAbroad
  • Submit your video by uploading it to AND either YouTube or Vimeo. Email the box link and video-sharing website link to
    • You can also submit your video on a flash drive to Union 159

Technical Specifications:

  • Footage should be 3-15 minutes and preferably be m4v. 

Each spring, Learning Abroad holds a photo contest that highlights the experiences of students on Learning Abroad programs.

Three Girls Throwing the U

Submission Deadline:

January 12, 2018


  • Capturing Culture
    • Submit a photo of yourself engaging with your host country's unique culture through enjoying art, dance, food, festivals, sports, and everyday life!
  • Utah Abroad
    • Share a photo of yourself or others showing U of U spirit, like flashing the U, abroad!
  • 50th Anniversary Throwback
    • Share photos from programs that occurred prior to 2008. Note: you don’t have to be the photographer to submit these photos, but you do need permission from the photographer to submit the photo into the contest.
  • Wild Card
    • The last category is for those photos that simply don’t fit the above themes.

Submission Requirements:

    • Submissions must be: 
      • High quality photos:
        • Your file size should be no less than 2500 kilobytes or 2.5 Megabytes
        • Your image resolution should be no less than: 300 DPI or 3264x2448 pixels
        • File Type: JPEG
      • In compliance with the Guidelines for Photos, Video, & Social Media Submissions outlined below

Submission Guidelines  

    • Entrants can submit up to four photos, no more than two per theme
    • Save each photo as yourlastname_phototheme.jpg
      • Example: smith_cultureandtradition.jpg
      • Example: ni_utahabroad.jpg
    • The photo must be emailed to as a JPEG file
    • Email format:
      • Subject: Photo Contest 2018
      • Entrant Information
        • Name
        • UNID
        • Major
        • Learning Abroad Program
      • For each photo submitted, include:
        • Category (Capturing Culture, Utah Abroad, 50th Anniversary Throwback, or Wildcard)
        • City, country where photo was taken
        • Semester and year photo was taken
        • Short description (75 words or less)


A committee in Learning Abroad will select a finalist from each category. The four finalist images will be professionally printed and displayed at the Spring Learning Abroad Fair, where event participants will have a chance to vote in our people’s choice vote.

    • The Overall Winner (AKA “people’s choice”) will receive a frame backpack.
    • Category Winners will receive a large, poster-sized print of their photograph

Each Wednesday, we will be selecting a weekly winner based on the Instagram Challenge hashtags. Weekly winners will then be entered as finalists to win a GoPro for the best Instagram photo from the summer

Contest Length: Summer Instagram Challenge

May - August 


One participant will be selected each week as the Weekly Winner. At the end of the summer, our Facebook community will vote on their favorite weekly winner. A Learning Abroad Instagram Challenge Committee will also choose a winner. The Facebook Vote and the Committee Choice winners will be announced at the Fall Returnee Social. Winners must be present at the Returnee Social to win.
  • Weekly Winners: Learning Abroad Swag Bag
  • Facebook Vote Winner: GoPro Camera
  • Committee Choice: Fujifilm Polaroid Camera

Submission Guidelines:

  • Participate in a Learning Abroad program
  • Follow us on Instagram @utahabroad
  • Upload a photo to Instagram with an official Instagram ChallengehashtagAND #utahabroad. You must use both #UtahAbroad AND an Instagram Challenge hashtag to be considered.
  • That's it! There is no limit to the number of photos that you submit each week or the number of times you can be selected as a weekly winner!
  • May the filters be ever in your favor...

Official Instagram Challenge Hashtags:

  • #GoEat
    •  One of the best parts about visiting another country is trying all of the amazing food! Show us the local delicacies in your area-- and remember to be creative!
  • #GoOutside
    • Show us the sites of the local area! This can include the natural landscape or the man-made monuments-- as long as you #GoOutside to capture the moment!
  • #GoUtahAbroad
  • #GoDance
    • We want to see movement! This can be a video of local musicians, a picture of you doing a crazy dance move, an image that captures an aspect of the local culture... the possibilities are endless! 
  • #GoLocal
    • What is everyday life like on your program? What are some of the local traditions, fashion, food, markets, events, etc.?
    • We want to see how you’re engaging with your local community! This can include community service, community events, sports and clubs, or any way you choose to get involved with the locals!
  • #GoLearn
    • Show us what you're learning! This can a photo of your campus, a project you're working on, a group excursion, or any other educational opportunity.  Be creative!
  • #GoSpeak
    • We want to see how your host country communicates! This can include written language, art expression, or any other form of communication!

Guidelines for Photos, Video, & Social Media Submissions

  • Students must have participated on a Learning Abroad program within one calendar year prior to the contest submission deadline
  • All participants must adhere to the the Learning Abroad: Acknowledgement of Student Responsibilities Agreement and Learning Abroad: Statement of Understanding and Agreement Signature Documents in your Learning Abroad Application. 
  • Eligible students may participate in more than one contest in the same year


  • All entries must represent the original work and content of the student 
  • Submissions must adhere to the rules and regulations of the individual contest
  • Material is open to your imagination, but must be G or PG rated for all audiences
  • Culturally insensitive material or material containing nudity, drinking, swearing, or illegal behavior may NOT be used 
  • Entrants must obtain proper permission from subjects (please note: photos of small children are often culturally inappropriate)
  • Material should align with the University of Utah Student Code of Conduct
  • Authentic photos and footage are considered more competitive (please consider this before altering submissions, except for the Instagram Challenge) 
  • By submitting content to a Learning Abroad Contest, students are subject to the in your Learning Abroad Application

Selection Criteria

  • Ability to follow the contest theme 
  • Adherence to the submission guidelines for eligibility, content, and technical specifications
  • Creativity
  • Technical Ability
  • Composition
  • Overall Impact

Please note: Learning Abroad reserves the right to cancel any contest due to low participation.

Last Updated: 10/30/17