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  • Program Terms: Independent Travel
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  • Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Independent Travel 2019-2020 04/15/2020 04/27/2020 TBA TBA
Independent Travel 2020-2021 08/31/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
To take part in this contest you must be a Case Western Reserve student who studied abroad during:
  • Spring Semester 2019 
  • Spring (May Abroad) 2019
  • May Term 2019
  • Summer, Summer I or Summer II 2019
  • Fall Semester and Academic Year 2019
  • Winter Break 2019-2020
  • Spring Break 2020
  • Spring Semester or Calendar Year 2020
You may have participated in a short-term, long-term, or summer program.
International internship, research, and Case Western Reserve service-learning experience participants are allowed to compete as long as the programs they participated in were Case Western Reserve registered and approved.

Note that this competition does not include vacation travel unless it was part of a study abroad experience, i.e. a weekend trip while on a study abroad is eligible; a spring break trip with friends is not.

  • Overall Winner: $75
  • The World is Your Classroom: $75
  • Cultural Experience: $50
  • Spartans Abroad: $50
  • Scenery: $50
  • Facebook’s Most Likes: $50

The winners of the Study Abroad Photo Contest will be invited to attend the International Achievement Luncheon, where the winning photos will be announced. 

Category Descriptions

The Study Abroad Photo Contest helps us show Case Western Reserve students what studying abroad looks like to help get them interested in and excited about this opportunity. Please keep this in mind when choosing photos to submit!

Priority will be given to photos taken in your study abroad program location as opposed to other travel during your experience.

Prizes will be awarded for the best photo in the following categories:

Overall Winner - All photos that are submitted to the contest will be considered for the overall winner category. This category is meant to showcase what studying abroad at Case Western Reserve really looks like. This photo will be displayed prominently in Tomlinson Hall’s Study Abroad Photo Gallery and in marketing materials. The judges will choose this photo based on quality and content. The prize for winning this category is $75. Here are some of the overall winners from previous years.

The World is Your Classroom - Every study abroad experience is different, inside the classroom and out. This category is a judge favorite every year as it focuses on the purpose of study abroad: learning. Submit a picture of you on your host campus or doing something educational while abroad (such as a study tour or field research) in order to win a $75 prize. Here are some examples and past winners.  

Cultural Experience - Experiencing the culture of your host country is a key aspect of studying abroad. Show us how you embraced the culture by enjoying traditional cuisine, taking a local dance class, visiting a famous location, etc. to win a $50 prize. Here are some examples.

Spartans Abroad - This is a new category this year to help us show Case Western Reserve spirit around the world! These photos should feature Case Western Reserve students and/or faculty wearing Case Western Reserve gear in an international setting. The winner will receive a $50 prize. Here are some examples. 

 Scenery - Send us your pictures of breathtaking landscapes, soaring buildings, impressive bridges, and the like. Photos can be from your international institution or someplace you visited during your travels - but must clearly be an international location.  The winner will receive a $50 prize. Here are some examples. 

Facebook’s Most Likes - All photos submitted to the contest will be posted to the CWRU Study Abroad Facebook page. The photo that receives the most likes wins $50.

Photo Guidelines 

Do Submit Photos:
  • You have taken yourself or that are only of you
  • Featuring multiple people from Case Western Reserve
  • With an obviously international setting (example - famous landmarks, pictures featuring country flags, ancient buildings, ruins, etc.)
  • That are high res - resolution of 300 dpi (1200x1500 resolution) or higher in the jpeg (or jpg) format

Don’t Submit Photos:
  • Featuring alcohol or any potentially reckless activity (examples: skydiving, bungee jumping, hang gliding, engaging with dangerous animals )
  • That are blurry, dark or taken through glass or a window
  • Without people in them, unless they’re for the Scenery category
  • With text
  • That could be considered cultural appropriation or "voluntourism" 

How to Submit
  • Click "Apply Now" on the Education Abroad application page
  • Each photo must have a resolution of 300 dpi (1200x1500 resolution) or higher in the jpeg (or jpg) format
  • Each photo must be titled with the entrant’s last name, study abroad country and program year
  • A maximum of eight photos can be submitted per entrant, two photos per category only
  • All photos must be received no later than 11:59 pm on March 20, 2020
  • Photos that do not adhere to these specifications may be disqualified

Contest Rules
  • Photos must be original work and have been taken by the person who submits them while studying abroad. 
  • A maximum of eight photos may be submitted per entrant, two photos per category only.
  • Correctly submitted photos will be considered for prizes and the winners will be displayed on campus.
  • Judges comprised of CWRU faculty and staff will choose photos that encourage others to study abroad.

All submitted photos become property of Case Western Reserve University, and may be used in all Case Western Reserve promotional materials. Photos will not be returned. By submitting a photo, you in turn grant these privileges. Case Western Reserve may duplicate, distribute, alter and/or publish, including on social media, any of the submitted photos.

Questions? Email for answers!