#LiveWithoutRegrets Video Contest


Have you seen the world? Show us!

This fall we’re looking for the best videos from your time abroad!

Submit up to two videos you believe epitomize life abroad, feature a USAC program site or USAC activities, tell the story of study abroad, show the impact study abroad can have on an individual and/or a community, and/or encompass the overall experience that is studying abroad.

Submission deadline: January 5, 2018

What types of videos are we looking for?

Contest Categories

  • #GatewayToTheWorld – Overall Study Abroad Experience
    • Videos showing what it’s like living abroad, learning abroad, and adapting to a new country, culture, and/or language.
  • #ImmerseYourself – Cultural Immersion
    • Videos highlighting the culture, including but not limited to, cultural differences, celebrations, language, etc.
  • #LearnWithoutBorders – Academics Focused
    • Videos showcasing the unique courses and academic opportunities you had abroad.
  • #GetInvolved – Internship/Volunteer Focused
    • Videos showcasing the internship and volunteer opportunities available abroad, the impact you had, and the impact it had on you.

What can you win?

The prizes are as follows:

  • One winner will be selected from each category and will receive $150 Frosch Travel Voucher and USAC swag for a total of four winners.
  • One grand prize winner will be selected from all entrants and will receive a $300 Frosch Travel Voucher and USAC swag.

Submit without Regrets

This contest is open to all students and alumni who have participated in a USAC study abroad program. Entrants must be residents of the United States. Videos must be submitted by January 5, 2018.

Participants must adhere to the following submission requirements for consideration:

  • Limits on Submission: Participants may submit a maximum of 2 videos. The video must be a minimum of 30 seconds and a maximum of 4 minutes.
  • The video must be submitted in its native file. Links to videos uploaded to YouTube or other social sites will not be accepted.
  • File naming: Please name each file with a brief description of the video, followed by the locations and your last name, first initial in parenthesis [e. Volunteering_Accra (SmithJ)]
  • You can enter each video into a maximum of two of the above-mentioned categories. In the contest submission form, please include:
    • Which two categories you would like your video considered for;
    • A brief description of your video (where you are, what you are doing, who you are with, etc.) (i.e. Myself and my classmate, Jane Doe, volunteering at a local elementary school in Chengdu, China, during our Fall 2016 semester abroad.]
  • Ensure all videos attached are in their original file size.
  • Resolution and Format:
    • Only photos in the following formats will be accepted: MOV, MP4 (MPEG4), AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GPP, MPEGPS, WebM.
    • Video bitrates: 720p-2160p (4k)
    • Aspect ratio: Only horizontal, landscape videos will be accepted. A 16:9 ratio is preferred, but not required.
  • Videos containing alcohol, illegal or dangerous behavior, or anything else that may be deemed as inappropriate, will be disqualified.
  • Original Work: Submitted videos must be original material taken by the contest entrant. By entering this contest, participants acknowledge that the submitted video(s) is/are original works created solely by the entrant and that no other party has any claim to the submitted video.
  • Music: Any music used in the video must be public domain.
  • Copyright and Usage: Entrants retain the copyright to their videos. By entering the contest, entrants agree that:
    • Entries (including non-winning entries) may be used on a variety of promotional channels, including, but not limited to, the web and social media without fee, compensation, or acknowledgment;
    • USAC may retain copies of the video for archival and promotional purposes.
  • USAC employees and interns: Employees and interns can enter the contest, however, no project or videos previously assigned or submitted to USAC can be enter in this contest.