By: Contributor On: June 30, 2010 In: International Students, Study Abroad Comments: 0

Study abroad movies have infiltrated the US film scene ever since studying in another country became available and “cool.” There have been plenty of study abroad movies that not only made us laugh, but also inspired us to get off our behinds and see the world — the history, the romance, the art. Plus, studying abroad could open the door to scholarship opportunities.

Need a little inspiration yourself? Here’s a list of our four favorite study abroad movies (which feature some of the best study abroad destinations in the world!).

L’auberge Espagnole

In this study abroad movie, Xavier, an economics student in his twenties, joins a European exchange program in order to learn the Spanish language. He promises to remain close with his girlfriend, and leaves for Barcelona (one of the biggest party cities in the world).

It is there that he meets the group of people that he will be living with — a cultural melting pot in one apartment. What happens next is a series of adventures that serve as an initiation to the “real world” for Xavier.


An animated study abroad movie, Persepolis is truly one of a kind. Set in 1970s Iran, Marjane ‘Marji’ Statrapi is the protagonist of the story. It’s through her young eyes  that we see the world of her idealistic family. As the political climate changes and becomes progressively more dangerous, Marji’s  parents send her abroad to Vienna to study for a better life.

French Postcards

Made in 1979, French Postcards is about a group of American exchange students that go to Paris for a year. The study abroad film focuses on the interactions among the students themselves, and those between them and their instructors. However, the less they study, the more they learn.

Foreign Student

In case the title didn’t give it away, this study abroad film is about a French foreign student studying in the US. Though made in 1994, it’s set in 1955 — the best years for American jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. The film follows this young exchange student as he discovers both the positive and negative aspects of American culture, and of course, falls in love.

Feeling Inspired Yet?

Studying abroad is one of the most enriching experiences you can have as a student. Look into your school’s list of study abroad programs and see if there are any that catch your eye — you might just inspire the plot line of the next big study abroad movie!

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