Spain: Screenwriting and Documentary Storytelling
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.
December 15, 2019* – January 11, 2020
*Students should leave the U.S. on December 14 to arrive in Barcelona on December 15.
Eligibility and Selection Process
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.
April 12, 2019
Admission to this program is a on rolling admission procedure, with applications reviewed by the program director as they are received. Students who apply early therefore have a better chance for acceptance for one of the limited slots in the program.
We recommend early application as all the slots may be filled before the final application deadline.
Winter break 2019-2020 application now open!
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.
When in Barcelona and Granada, students will stay in a hotel in shared rooms. Breakfast will be provided by the hotel.
There will be three excursions throughout the entire program to Granada, Barcelona and Seville.
During the two night visit to Granada, students will participate in a walking tour of Albaicín, a guided tour of the Alhambra, a Flamenco performance in Sacramonte and visit a media-related site. In Barcelona, students will visit La Catedral during a Gothic Quarter tour, have a Tapas night, participate in a Gaudi tour of the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, and watch a Flamenco show during their two night stay. Finally, in Seville, students will take a bike tour of Seville, a guided tour of the Cathedral, visit the Reales Alcázares, visit the Canal Sur TV and Radio and participate in the Dia de los Reyes Magos festival.
Courses & Credits
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.
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)
Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.
Additional Information on Spain
To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.
Health and Safety
Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to the program.
Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.
Requesting accessibility accommodation
If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.
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
Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements for Spain can be found here.
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.
For more information contact:
Global Programs Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities