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Overview

There's a reason major filmmakers flock to Scandinavia. Discover your inner videographer in one of the most naturally beautiful regions of the world.

With video cameras and editing software at our everyday smartphone fingertips, the ability to relate information and stories using moving images has become an indispensable skill in academic, professional and personal realms alike. From concept to execution, develop your shooting, production and narrative techniques along the majestic fjords of Norway, cobblestone streets of historic Stockholm and tiny fishing villages of the Bohuslan Coast.

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.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 22 - July 12 HS21 days$7,280Open
July 15 - August 4 HS21 days$7,280Open
Earn & Learn
Scandinavia Video Adventure Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

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.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • No previous experience required, but previous shooting and editing experience preferred

ACADEMICS & COLLEGE CREDIT

Course Description
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.

Course Objectives

  • Composition, lighting, and exposure techniques
  • Learn the basics of video editing in Premiere/Final Cut Pro/iMovie (depending on skill level) and how to layer different video and audio files together
  • Pilot a drone to capture aerial footage
  • Video for social media: creating captivating videos for Vine, Instagram, YouTube, etc.

3 College Credits

Scandinavia Video Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

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.

  • Trip Highlights

  • Learn the basics of video from shooting to editing footage
  • Operate and capture footage with a drone
  • Build a log raft and float down the Klarälven river
  • Create short and captivating videos for social media
  • Gather footage from busy city streets to peaceful nature reserves
  • Explore the vibrant cities of Göteborg, Stockholm, Bergen and Oslo
Scandinavia Video Adventure Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Andrey Breev from Moscow, Russia

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.

Noushin Zeraaty from Tehran, Iran

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.

Kate Duffy from Raleigh, NC

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.

Daniel Baier from Los Altos, CA

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.

Ian Thompson from Atlanta, GA

Lofoten was the prettiest place I’ve ever been. It furthered my passion for the outdoors and I learned a lot more about filmmaking.

Scandinavia Video Adventure FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer:

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.

Question:
How does travel work?
Answer:

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.

Question:
How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

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.

Question:
When is the application deadline?
Answer:

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.

Question:
How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?
Answer:

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

Question:
Do most participants come alone or with friends?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

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.

Question:
What does tuition protection cover?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

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).

Question:
Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

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.

Question:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

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).

Question:
What should I pack?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Where will we be staying?
Answer:

Accommodations vary by program, from private villas to jungle cabins to beach cabanas to research stations. We love staying in smaller local accommodations with authentic character rather than big chains, and we rarely camp.

Question:
What do the academics involve? What if I don’t take the program for credit?
Answer:

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.

Question:
What is the difference between discovery/explorer/expedition level?
Answer:

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.

Question:
How do college credits work? Where are those credits accepted?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Do you offer any discounts?
Answer:

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.

Question:
Do you offer scholarships?
Answer:

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.

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