Study Abroad Programs

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to consider taking part in study abroad. Prior to registering for a program, pleaseconsult an advisor in the CDM Academic Success Center to determine which academic requirements may be met through study abroad credit.

Below is a list of study abroad opportunities of particular interest to CDM students. Please visit the Study Abroad site for the schedule of all available programs at DePaul.

Atlantis Dual-Degree Program


Atlantis is a full academic year study abroad program leading to a bachelor’s degree in Business from Linköping University in Sweden. DePaul CDM juniors take business courses at BBA INSEEC in Lyon, France in the fall, followed by spring semester courses at Linköping University in Linköping, Sweden. That coursework is combined with freshman and sophomore credits so the student can be awarded a standard three year European bachelor’s degree before returning to the US. European courses count toward the student’s DePaul CDM degree, so when the student returns senior year to complete the CDM major, they will receive a second bachelor’s degree, this one from DePaul.

Students interested in Atlantis are encouraged to contact Janine Spears, the Atlantis Program Director, for more information and advising.

Berlin in Cinema


Berlin in Cinema is a ten-day trip to Berlin with side trips to Potsdam and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Berlin has a rich history of filmmaking and as a city has been photographed through the many tumultuous changes the city has endured. Students will have the opportunity to observe the filmmaking industry in action and also visit many iconic Berlin locations that have been immortalized on film.. Pre, post, and during the trip, students will compare their assumptions and learned experiences of German cinema and culture to American cinema and culture. Students will visit sites of cultural significance including museums, galleries, and historic venues. Additionally, they will explore the similarities and differences in the architecture and urban planning between Berlin and Chicago, both homes to many Bauhaus buildings.

Contact Rob Steel for more information.

Design, Landscape, and Society in Scandinavia

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This program offers new perspectives on designers’ relationships to society and the natural world. Through visits to design studios, design centers, museums, and galleries in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, students will examine unique relationships among Scandinavian society, landscape, and culture with a focus on how they have affected the development of modern design in Scandinavia.

Contact Nathan Matteson for more information.

Documentary Filmmaking in India: Beyond Bollywood

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Akanksha: Bridging the Gap

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Akanksha: The Importance of Physical Education'   


For three weeks in December, students study India and its culture through documentary filmmaking. Students prepare for their Bollywood experience during the fall quarter in the Beyond Bollywood course (DC 370/DC 470). Documentary techniques taught in the fall prepare students for the intensive cultural immersion and hands-on workshop during the December Intersession (DC 396/DC 496). Students collaborate with an NGO under the guidance of filmmakers located in the heart of Bollywood. They also create an original visual media project while exploring the Taj Mahal, the palaces and forts of Jaipur and the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. Students with all levels of experience and from every discipline are welcome.

Contact Shayna Connelly for more information.

Gaming and Animation

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Computer Games and Animation in Japan is a two-week trip to Tokyo, Kyoto and Nagoya. Students will visit game and animation companies to learn about the processes of crafting culturally-significant Japanese entertainment from creative industry professionals. Students will be given the opportunity to examine how Japanese games/animation/motion graphics have mutually influenced specific aspects of Japanese culture including art, design, fashion, advertising, television and everyday life in Japan. In addition, students will visit museums, galleries, restaurants, temples, cultural centers, and historic sites fostering meaningful experiences in their chosen areas interest and gather research materials they will later use to craft personal projects inspired by their impressions of the trip. In Nagoya, students will visit Trident College of Computing to work collaboratively with Japanese game/animation students on a festive and fun two-day game/animation jam.

Contact Brian Schrank or Shiro Akiyoshi, co-directors of this program, if you are interested in participating.

New Zealand: Creating New Worlds on Film

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During this 12-day trip to Auckland, New Zealand over the December intersession, students will observe the filmmaking industry in action and visit many iconic locations that have been immortalized on film, including the Hobbiton movie set used in Lord of the Rings films. The diversity of New Zealand’s topography, from mountains to lava flows to fantastical coastlines, has attracted filmmakers when they need to build new worlds. Influenced by Asia, Europe, and the Pacific, Auckland brims with natural beauty and cultural significance. Pre, post, and during the trip, students will study world-building in cinema with a focus on films shot in New Zealand. They will also visit Rotorua, famous for its geothermal activity, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and the WETA workshop, and be given time to explore Auckland on their own.

Contact Wendy Roderweiss or Rob Steel for more information.

Ottawa International Animation Festival

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This annual trip to Ottawa, Canada is designed for undergraduate and graduate animation students who have an interest in attending the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the largest and most prestigious animation festival in North America, taking place every September. At the festival, students will have the opportunity to see screenings of competition, feature, showcase, and student programs; attend industry events, panels, and talks; and meet animators, critics, teachers, and animation directors from around the world. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the state of animation industry both domestically and internationally and increase their awareness of the international film festival circuit.

Students interested in participating in this program may contact Amy Lockhart for more information.