There's a reason major filmmakers flock to Scandinavia. Discover your inner videographer in one of the most naturally beautiful regions of the world.
In Sweden, there's no shortage of inspiration. Learn about shot composition as you take in the chic, design-centric culture of Stockholm. Collect footage of your ride down the Klarälven River aboard a raft you and your team built from logs and ropes. Drones open up a new world of video capture. Above the Arctic Circle, where the natural beauty of the Lofoten Islands reaches staggering proportions, perfect your drone piloting skills among the soaring peaks and turquoise seas of Kjerringoy. Practice stop-motion while hiking along the rugged coastline outside Göteborg. Get lost in Bryggen, Bergen's waterfront district packed with preserved wooden architecture. Return home with a body of video work that showcases the unique culture and landscape of Scandinavia and the confidence to continue telling video stories from behind your own lens.
|June 22 - July 12||HS||21 days||$7,280||Open|
|July 15 - August 4||HS||21 days||$7,280||Open|
Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn college credits. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.
Scandinavia Video Adventure offers 3 arts and photography college credits through Lesley University.
This course is an introduction to videography and the art of shooting video on different types of equipment and cameras. During the initial phase students will learn the basics of shooting video: from composition and audio to shooting in the correct aspect ratio and shot composition planning (wire framing). They will develop a storyboard for a video project and execute a video from concept to finished, edited project.
Get your camera ready for non-stop action in chic, design-centric Stockholm. All the coolest stuff is here– espresso labs, vintage shops, avant-garde galleries and offbeat indie boutiques. The creative class is alive and well throughout this picturesque city. Spread across 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges, Stockholm is the first of our many incredible shoot locations. Find inspiration and capture raw video footage as we practice shot composition around Gamla Stan (Old Town). Play with time-lapse at the Royal Palace, and the Millesgarden, a sculpture garden on the island of Lidingö. After several days of island-hopping and exploration, spend your final day experimenting with editing and manipulating the footage you’ve shot and captured.
Göteborg is a city where nature blends seamlessly with a vibrant city life. Find new inspiration while exploring this trendy art and design-influenced city. Enjoy the pedestrian-only Haga Nygata and stop for a traditional fika break of coffee with a cinnamon bun. Then venture into the wild yonder to take part in a group log raft build. Yes, you and your fellow filmmakers will spend a day constructing a raft built of logs and ropes. When complete, you’ll take it for an epic float down the mighty Klarälven River. Prepare to be transported to a tranquil natural world of birds and flowering meadows, all the while collecting more and more footage and fleshing out your video concept. Leave Sweden even more inspired and motivated to see where your story takes you next.
Journey to Oslo, Norway’s capital city and hub. The hum of city life is apparent and electrifying as you explore the famous Oslo Opera House and capture footage around the Akershus Fortress. Leave the city behind and fly to the Lofoten Islands. Situated above the Arctic Circle, this stunning archipelago is hailed as “the place” where filmmakers go to shoot natural beauty you are unlikely to find anywhere else. Picture a landscape of majestic mountains, deep fjords and squawking seabird colonies. Envision a wilderness of staggering cliffs and endless beaches. Take it all in on a sea kayaking adventure in deep blue waters that surround quaint fishing villages. Learn to pilot a video drone and capture the aerial footage you desire. Your experience deepens as your body of work continues to grow.
Arrive in Bergen ready to take your video projects to the final and finished stages. Integrate yourself into Norway’s second-largest city, taking in its charm and beauty, meeting warm locals in coffee shops, fresh Norwegian seafood and admiring the fascinating architecture of its waterfront district. While your camera never stops recording, your primary focus is on editing techniques, using Premiere, Final Cut Pro or iMovie, and prepping your work to be unveiled to your trip mates. The techniques mastered, the fjords sailed past, the cities explored and the people met all come together into a video narrative conceived, shot and edited by you.
For people who have wanderlust, they just found the right program. Kayaking, hiking, touring around citiies and finally constructing a Swedish wooden raft with a group of peers. This trip is truly exhausting and at the same time extremely energizing and entertaining. It was an unforgettable experience.
For me, this trip was not just happy moments. A lot of it was knowing myself and working to change myself. The feeling of getting to explore new places without your family and independently getting to try new things and challenge yourself on a daily basis while being surrounded by your team for 21 days is incredible. It’s life changing.
The highlight of my trip was building the raft and floating down the river. It really brought us closer together as a group. It was a life changing experience where I had the opportunity to try new things and get out of my comfort zone.
I can honestly say this is the best thing I have ever done. The country is beautiful, and I’ve never met a group of people I connect better with.
Lofoten was the prettiest place I’ve ever been. It furthered my passion for the outdoors and I learned a lot more about filmmaking.
Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.
Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.
For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.
Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.
Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.
Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.
We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.
Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.
Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).
We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.
Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.
We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).
We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.
Academics will vary by program but usually include journals, discussions, lectures, research projects, and a midterm and final exam. We expect all of our students to participate fully in the academic course work on our programs, regardless of whether they have chosen to take it for official college credit.
Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.
We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to offer college credit for our academic high school and college programs. Those credits are widely accepted at colleges and universities all over North America, and we can often let you know if an alumni student has transferred those credits to a specific school in the past. For more details, click here.
In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts– please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.
We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.