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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 exhibit is on view generally from March through mid-April. For submission requirements, visit Adventures in Study Abroad Photo Exhibit.

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Annual Study Abroad Digital Storytelling Contest

"Adventures in Study Abroad" has also included 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. 

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, you should contact your Study Abroad Counselor or send an email to studyabroad@ttu.edu.