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Contests & Creativity




Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest

"Adventures in Study Abroad" is a juried photo contest that shows off the best images taken by students on TTU-approved study abroad programs. The deadline is typically around the second week of January, and the exhibit is on view from March through mid-April.

Attach your best photo(s) to an email, write “Study Abroad Photo Contest 2017-18” in the subject line, and send it to oia.exhibits@ttu.edu. You will be notified during Spring semester if your submission is selected for the big exhibit. For additional submission requirements, visit Adventures in Study Abroad Photo Exhibit.

Annual Study Abroad Digital Storytelling Contest

"Adventures in Study Abroad" also includes a juried digital storytelling contest. As the name implies, digital storytelling is the process of telling a story by combining images, videos, voice recordings, and music into a short (ideally 3-5 minute) video that communicates your message on a personal, powerful level.

By creating your video, you can enhance critical communication skills that allow you to talk about your study abroad experience effectively.We provide instructions for creating a digital story and examples created by TTU study abroad alumni (below). Making a digital story is an opportunity to think differently about your international experience and synthesize the lessons you learned abroad. 

Email our video to oia.exhibits@ttu.edu with "Study Abroad Digital Storytelling Contest 2017-18" in the subject line. You will be notified during Spring semester if your submission is selected for the big exhibit. Digital story examples:

Study Abroad PechaKucha

PechaKucha (pronounced Puh-chaw-Kuh-chaw) is a style of presentation developed in Japan in 2003. The purpose of this presentation format is to channel human creativity into a 6-minute and 40-second PowerPoint that communicates a central message in a fun, informal way. Each PowerPoint is comprised of 20 images placed on 20 slides that are shown for 20 seconds each. The slides advance automatically, and presenters are cued to speak along with their images.

We invite study abroad alumni to create and perform a mini-PechaKucha comprised of 15 images placed on 15 slides that are shown for 20 seconds each. In 5 minutes, you can share a story and photos from your study abroad experience to illustrate the impact that it had on you.

What makes a good PechaKucha? Good PechaKuchas uncover something unexpected – a talent, an idea, or an intense emotional experience. Some are incredibly personal, some are funny, but all are very different and unique to the individual who studied abroad. If you are interested in showcasing your PechaKucha, email studyabroad@ttu.edu.

Get Your Study Abroad Stories Published

Many students keep blogs while studying abroad, but not all students realize that they can get their writing published! For more information, students should contact their Study Abroad Advisor or send an email to studyabroad@ttu.edu.