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  • Locations: Krakow, Poland; Lisbon, Portugal; Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

Advanced Documentary Production is a single-semester course that explores the history, conventions and modes that surround the documentary film form. Students apply this knowledge to produce creatively challenging work; the culmination being one finished non-fiction portfolio film project. Particular emphasis is given to the traditions of social criticism as well as the creative treatment of actuality through individual and collective points of view. 
Students will research, develop and produce a short 3-9 minute film to be shot in either in Lodz, Poland, or in and around Pennsylvania. Students are required to spend time researching primary and secondary sources of their subject and developing a pitch, treatment and visual reference document. In addition, they will complete three feature film analyses to help prepare them for their own production. Upon return to University Park after Spring Break, students will edit and complete their film.

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • Pre-requisite:  COMM 337 is recommended; please contact the program leader with any questions.
  • This course is specifically designed for junior and senior film majors in the Film/Video & Media Studies Department
  • This course is open only to all film/video majors at University Park.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.  Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of overnight accommodations at a hotel or hostel.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Pearl Gluck by emailing

How to Apply

The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course, applications were due on October 18th, 2018, including questionnaire, and a 1-minute pitch video

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2019 08/21/2018
Rolling Admission 02/28/2019 03/10/2019
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the program leader, Pearl Gluck, by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program.

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