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Spain: Screenwriting and Documentary Storytelling (Winter Break)

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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Communication, Journalism, and Media

Program Feature

  • Gen Ed
  • Gilman Eligible


  • Spain

Program Term

  • Winter Break

For more information contact:

Frederick Lewis
Program Director

Office of Global Opportunities



Students will become immersed in the vibrant culture of southern Spain by researching and writing documentary scripts that focus on subject matter in and around the city of Seville. Participants will gain invaluable international producing experience as they develop topics and conduct interviews with the local citizenry. Translators will be provided when necessary. 

Each student will also select a short story (in translation) by a Spanish author and learn how to write a screenplay for a short film adapted from their chosen story. 

Want to know more about the student experience? Check out this Winter Break 2021-2022 article.

Highlights and Excursions 

Throughout the program, students will explore several key sites in Seville. Additionally, the program will visit Granada where students will have a guided tour of the Alhambra. 

Check out this video to hear about previous experiences:

Good to Know

  • No Spanish Language Skills Necessary!
  • This program can take a maximum of 12 students and recruits early!
  • Admission to this program is on a rolling basis, with applications reviewed by the program director as they are received. Early application is strongly recommend.
  • Students will meet 6 – 8 times prior to departure to receive the academic background for the coursework, such as researching and writing a prospectus on a documentary topic while still in Athens.
  • Once in Spain, students will work in teams of two and go out into the city of Seville and the surrounding area to do further research and conduct interviews that will be used in their screenplays. 

Living Arrangements 

In Seville, students will be housed in a Residence Hall with shared rooms and bathrooms, including a common area, TV room, Internet, cleaning and laundry service. Three meals per day, Monday – Saturday and two meals on Sunday are included. 

Program Dates 

December 11, 2022* – January 7, 2023

*Students should leave the U.S. on December 10 to arrive in Barcelona on December 11. 

This program is offered annually and typically opens for application by the beginning of March.

Study Away and COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in study away and abroad involves real and potential personal, financial, and academic risk. The CDC advises that you should delay travel until you are vaccinated. Note that entry to some countries and participation in local program and free-time activities, including in the U.S., may be severely restricted or potentially unavailable to unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated travelers should additionally expect to incur extra expenses and onsite logistical challenges due to onsite testing requirements. For further information, contact ogoriskmanagement@ohio.edu


Students will choose from two of the following three courses to earn a total of 6 credit hours. 

  • MDIA 2201 Short Form Scriptwriting (3 cr. hours) 
  • MDIA 3201 Screenwriting: The Adaptation (3 cr. hours) 
  • MDIA 3600 Producing for Video (3 cr. hours) 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, some meals, in-country transportation, excursions (guided with tours), airport transfers, welcome and farewell dinner and international medical health insurance. 

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 6 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet - Winter Break 2022-2023

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program is open to all Ohio University students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 who are in good conduct standing. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here