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With the rise of YouTube, Vine, and Snapchat, it may seem like the professional film industry is at risk, but students of film know better. The huge number of filmmaking technology available is allowing more people to enter the industry and learn the trade, increasing the number of opportunities for both students and professionals.

If you're considering a film study abroad program, the world is your oyster. Films are written, set, filmed, and produced in nearly every country in the world, and film schools are almost equally present. Your choice of study abroad program is only limited by your personal interest in a given country or school and the style of filmmaking you'd like to learn. Other than that, the opportunities available will only continue to grow as you continue your education and career in film.

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Generally, film study abroad courses fall into one of two categories, and most programs provide a combination of both: film studies (the critical analysis of film in its different forms and context) and film production (the writing, directing, and post-production work that goes into creating a film).

Film Studies

In your film studies classes abroad, expect to watch many locally produced and directed films from your host country and region. Though the techniques of filmmaking are somewhat standardized by technology, story forms, social and political influences, and stylistic aspects of each film vary depending on the time and place in which it was made.

Your courses will teach you to both consider these variables and analyze the films you watch. You won't exactly be a "critic" after your film studies courses, but you'll understand how to think like one.

Film Production (Filmmaking)

Film production is an important part of all degree programs related to film. Even if you don't specialize in filmmaking, you'll likely learn the ropes and produce several films during your education. When studying abroad, expect to have the same requirements: most programs require you to write, direct, and produce at least one short film as part of your classes. Not proficient at one or more of these tasks? Studying abroad will be a great chance to practice.

Film is one of the great cultural unifiers: in the 21st century, films are both set and produced in every corner of the world. Film schools are equally prevalent, and some boast international reputations worth considering. Here are some of the options.

The Czech Republic

Though based in Eastern Europe, Prague has quickly risen to be one of the preeminent cities for film studies in Europe. Several film schools provide students with the chance to both critically analyze and produce films while studying abroad. You'll also learn enough Czech in your classes to speak technically about the filmmaking process -- a valuable skill if you decide to continue your career in Prague someday.

France

France has long been a haven for the arts, film included. From the film schools of Paris to the world-renowned festival at Cannes, there are plentiful opportunities for students to immerse themselves in French culture and continue their education. In addition to film studies and production, some programs in France allow you to learn about marketing and the business side of the film industry too.

India

Each country has its unique style of filmmaking, and India's Bollywood style is perhaps the most famous outside of its namesake Hollywood. Studying film and production in India is a great opportunity to expand your horizons as a filmmaker.

New Zealand

If you've watched any of the major blockbuster sagas produced in the past several years, you've very likely seen a movie that was produced at least in part in New Zealand. Both the North and South Islands are home to acclaimed film schools, and several of the best post-production and special effects companies in the world offer study opportunities here.

South Korea

Perhaps less known than other countries with distinct filmmaking styles, the unique style of South Korean films are increasingly prevalent in Western film markets. There are several excellent film schools and universities that offer study abroad programs for budding filmmakers.

While many parents might worry that becoming a filmmaker comes with a "starving artist" lifestyle, the good news about studying film abroad is that most programs offer comprehensive support included in the tuition cost.

Housing

Dorm-style housing is nearly always included in university-based study abroad programs, including for students in the film department. If you decide to study abroad at a film school or private company, this may not be the case, so it's best to research programs closely so you can consider that additional cost should you apply.

Scholarships

Many programs also offer scholarships for film students, since the all-inclusive cost of a semester studying abroad may be higher than your current tuition costs. These are usually offered directly through the film school or university, so be sure to ask about them during your research process. Otherwise, try researching film institutes and festival organizations to see if they offer any support for student filmmakers.

Contributed by Valerie Stimac

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Czech Republic

CET Academic Programs
Ready to produce and direct your own 16mm or 35mm film? CET Film students create a film and study at one of Europe’s top film...

New Zealand

The University of Auckland
Structured around a practical production process based on professional television industry practice, Screen Tools is a hands-...

China

New York Film Academy
Nestled in the heart of the Haidian district of Beijing, NYFA Beijing’s unique intensive 4-week Filmmaking and 4-Week Acting...

Ireland

GEO Study Abroad
In this summer program, you will be immersed in cinema studies in Ireland. You will get to work both critically and creativel...

England

University of Brighton
Brighton is an exciting, diverse city with a rich cultural history. Its close proximity to London and good travel links to Eu...

Ireland

Maynooth University
As a Study Abroad student at Maynooth University, you will enjoy a diverse, flexible, selective curriculum that enables you t...

France

New York Film Academy
Located in the renowned La Fémis film school in the historic Montmartre district, NYFA Paris allows students to immerse thems...

Australia

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
Study in Sydney, Australia with one of the 5 universities ISA partners with! Sydney is the oldest, largest and most iconic ci...

France

AIFS Study Abroad
Earn up to 18 credits through a wide variety of courses studying in the beautiful city of Cannes. Study French language, art...

Australia

New York Film Academy
Operating since 2013, NYFA Sydney is currently located in the education precinct of Sydney. Sydney has served as the location...

Spain

Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus
The Spain Summer Study Abroad program provides an opportunity for both Berklee and non-Berklee students from around the world...

Italy

New York Film Academy
In Florence—and all of Tuscany—it’s easy to find the perfect, open-air set for shooting a movie and learning the craft of fil...

Czech Republic

CIEE
From Miloš Forman and Agnieszka Holland, to Emir Kusturica and Jan Svěrák – few countries boast a tradition of filmmaking as...

Australia

New York Film Academy
Operating since 2011, NYFA Gold Coast is now in a new, state-of-the-art facility in the heart of a bustling, gorgeous city in...

United Kingdom

Oxford Royale Academy
Our Oxford Summer School is our longest running and most popular study option, with programmes guaranteed to pique the intere...