Where Will Penn Take You? Video Contest

Current Penn students who have traveled abroad on a Penn Abroad program are invited to submit to our Spring 2023 video contest!

Share your experiences abroad and represent your life and academic experiences while studying and/or interning abroad. As you answer the question “Where Will Penn Take You?” you may consider a variety of subjects, including student life, local culture, the classroom, history, professional experience, and/or community. Be creative and show us a reflection of how these experiences have been meaningful to you as you embrace your global community and have new learning experiences.


  • Video submissions must be between 45-60 seconds. No more, no less.

  • Audio/visuals can use a variety of multimedia but should not be strictly a slideshow of images and must have been created for this contest.

  • Music used in your video must not violate an artist's copyright. You can find free music in a variety of places by searching online, including https://www.freemusicarchive.org. Some may require giving credit to the artist in the video, which can be done by adding short titles.

  • Videos can be of any genre, format, and aesthetic, ranging from dramatic to art to documentary.

  • Subject matter should be original, relevant to the category, and suitable for distribution. They may not contain references to alcohol, drugs, etc.

  • Only one entry per person is allowed each year.

  • Only current Penn students who participated on a Penn Abroad program (Semester Abroad, Global Research & Internship Program, Penn Global Seminars, Penn Global Research Institutes) from Summer 2022-Spring 2023 will be considered. Spring 2022 Penn Global Seminars students are also eligible for the contest.

  • Video submissions will be shared on Penn Abroad’s social media channels and may have Penn Abroad titles/logos added to the beginning.

  • Entries will be accepted on a rolling basis and you are welcome to submit your video at any time prior to the deadline.

  • The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET. The submission form can be found at the bottom of this page.


Videos will be judged by a panel coordinated by the Penn Abroad team. Winners will be announced in late June 2023. You are encouraged to be creative and experiment with style, genre, and imagery. The best submissions will:

  • Reflect on your experience and artfully respond to the theme and what being abroad means to you.
  • Have a concept, tell a story, or use the format to have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
  • Inspire, encourage, and help your fellow students understand your unique experience abroad.


  • First Prize - $1000
  • Second Prize - $600
  • Third Prize - $400

*All prizes are subject to tax withholding & it is the responsibility of the prize recipient to report the taxable prize received to the IRS on their personal income tax returns.

Questions? Contact Jamie Nisbet at jnisbet@upenn.edu


Entry Form

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Trouble uploading your file? Email jnisbet@upenn.edu with a link to download your video after submitting this form.
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By submitting this form along with any writing, photographs, or videos you are certifying that the submission is your own original work, and does not violate any intellectual property right (such as copyright, or other rights of publication or publicity) of any third party. You are granting the University of Pennsylvania full permission to use, display, copy, publish, distribute, and modify the submission(s) in any form, for any purpose, in any media without my further approval or compensation. Penn Abroad adheres to the following privacy policy
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