Georgia has become the Hollywood of the south and SAFA has designed a study abroad experience through participation in lectures, site visits, excursions, and tours to see it firsthand. In 2016, more major feature films were made in Georgia than in California and in 2017 Georgia was the number one production center in the U.S. for top grossing feature films released at the U.S. box office. There's a reason why the entertainment industry in Georgia is attracting a record number of productions. In Georgia, you'll find one of the most competitive tax incentive programs in the country.
While Georgia has fallen to the No. 2 location in the world for top-grossing blockbusters, behind the entire nation of Canada. But the 15 of the top 100 films of 2017 that called Georgia home still easily outstripped California (10), New York (6) and Louisiana (5). Georgia is now home to more than 1.1 million square feet of dedicated soundstage space and over 1.2 million square feet of retrofitted soundstage space, up from 40,000 square feet of purpose-built soundstages available before 2010. Georgia is now home to several sound stage complexes, such as Blackhall, Pinewood Atlanta Studios, EUE/Screen Gems Studios, Atlanta Metro Studios and Tyler Perry Studios.
Digital Entertainment, Animation & Gaming
In the U.S. Georgia is a recognized global leader in the digital entertainment industry, so we created a study abroad experience to showcase why Georgia's leads. With 320 film and television productions shot in fiscal year 2017 and a total economic impact of $9.5 billion, that leaves a lot of opportunity for post-production work here in the state. With spending on television and film production in the state quadrupling over the past four years, all types of studios within the digital entertainment sectors have followed with tremendous growth as well due to the state's tax incentives. The robust digital entertainment sectors include video gaming, digital animation, visual effects, and digital video.
With over 75 gaming companies in the state, Atlanta is the #3 highest-ranked city in the country in terms of video game planning activity. Companies include Hi-Rez Studios, TransGaming, CCP North America, Tripwire Interactive, Kaneva and Blue Heat. One of the industry's major players, Cartoon Network, also is based here and GameTap, a leader in online gaming, was born in Atlanta.
Georgia is pioneering digital animation and motion graphics with a growing ecosystem of world- renowned companies. Studios such as Floyd County Productions, the creator of FX's "Archer" series, and Stargate Studios, a special effects company, who does work for AMC's popular zombie drama "The Walking Dead." And, of course, there's Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting's 24-hour animation station which now reaches an audience of more than 360 million homes worldwide. In addition, digital video firms are also seeing a huge benefit from Georgia's robust film industry which have attracted companies such as Amazon, BuzzFeed, Cox Communications, Fullscreen, Netflix and Sony to the state.
A Few of This Program's Key Topics
This program is 10 days in length and anyone, of any skill level, over the age of 18 years old may participate. Participants in this program will:
Expand professional experience through various types of programming.
Increase English proficiency with one of the nation's top ESL schools.
Explore the great city of Atlanta through excursions of all types.
We work with a wide variety of organizations and influencers, and handpick each specific
placement based on your experience level as captured in your application and Skype interview
with our team.
We strive not to have a typical day within the program. Every day is a little different by design.
The program contains the program components below.
Expert 1-on-1 Interaction (1 or 2 sessions included): Our 1-on-1 interactions are
designed to promote collaboration, open dialogue and the sharing of ideas which create
a more natural, comfortable and more organic experience.
Corporate Speaker Series (1 or 2 sessions included): We have designed our
corporate speaker series with industry influencers as a means of sharing their
knowledge and expertise with participants.
Corporate Tour (1 or 2 sessions included): This is a unique experiential learning
opportunity that introduce participants into actual work environments and prospective
career paths within.
English Learning: English learning through a combination of classroom instruction and interactive English learning excursions.
Atlanta Sightseeing: Trips to famous Atlanta sites.
Whether its instruction with an elite dancer or a Q&A session with an industry icon, the benefit
is all the same. The knowledge gained during these sessions which can be adjusted to an
individual's unique passions and learning styles, are extremely valuable.
While working to make sure no interaction will be 100% scripted, our 1-on-1 interactions are
designed to promote collaboration, open dialogue and the sharing of ideas which create a more
natural, comfortable and more organic experience. Not only are participates able to present
preferred topics, but adjustments can be made in the direction of the interaction as needed to
make the experience most beneficial.
We have designed our corporate speaker series with industry influencers as a means of sharing
their knowledge and expertise. The reality is that students have their considerations and
preferences when pursuing career paths. In some cases, only after gaining first-hand exposure
can they gain the appropriate perspective. Through these influencer interactions, our goal is
for participants to adopt new ideas and preferences for their career aspirations.
Speakers interactions will vary in length, but all will include industry insight, personal
background and company overview. More importantly speakers will be focused on providing
professional advice and providing a truly interactive Q & A session as well. In some cases, we
offer sessions with multiple speakers to share information more informally.
This unique experiential learning opportunity introduces participants into actual work
environments and prospective career paths within. Typically, these experiences include a site
tour, an extensive Q&A session and a behind the scenes look of the organization with a key
staff member. The main objective of our tours is to provide a much deeper understanding and
lasting impression of an employer's brand.
Our tours are excellent early career development opportunities for those interested in
networking with employers, exploring various professions, and experiencing cross- functional
workplace roles. Along with unique perspectives into organizations, host organizations expose
participants to internal cultures and industry insight.
Georgia has become one of the most popular destinations in the country. Among the nation's
fastest-growing metro areas, Atlanta is attracting newcomers from around the country and the
world. 16.5 million people come to visit Atlanta each year. With a flare for the arts and
entertainment, Atlanta offers a wide selection of museums, music venues and a thriving
theatre, movie and music scene.
Atlanta features award-winning restaurants and chefs, iconic locales that rival any across the
country - including the CNN Center and the Western hemisphere's largest indoor aquarium. A
thriving arts scene features some of the nation's finest interactive museums, unique galleries
and award-winning music venues. The renowned Woodruff Arts Center offers the world-class
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre.
In recent years Atlanta's centrality, vibrant music and movie scene, business climate, and
gracious living have transformed the city into a magnet for travelers from all parts of the world.
Our program offers several English learning options. In addition to our non-credit classroom general English instruction and industry-specific English lessons, we are passionate about our experiential-learning sessions that consist of outside the classroom, hands-on English learning experiences. Not to mention it's just plain fun! Participants can benefit from field trips to grocery stores, shopping venues and various Atlanta must-see locations that provide an exciting experience that supports their English learning journey. Some field trips offer practice opportunities, while others are more geared towards developing confidence when traveling around a new and unfamiliar U.S. city.
Our Staff Is Here To Assist You!
Our staff is here to assist you every step of the way. Our process is designed to make
your transition to Atlanta seamless and worry-free.
Several of our staff members are fluent in Japanese. Our staff will provide translation services
for the program components when appropriate.
5-Step Orientation Process
Below we have outlined our 5-Step Orientation Process. Our process is designed to
make your transition to Atlanta seamless and worry free.
1 Skype Pre-Arrival Orientation
2 In-Person Airport Pick-up
4 Post Arrival Orientation
3 Living Check-in Assistance
5 Activity Check-in Assistance
In addition to our 5-Step Orientation Process, our staff also manages the following program components
below (Note: dance studio classes and our English instruction are managed by our 3rd party partners
with our assistance and oversight).
Atlanta Sightseeing Guidance
Our staff will be available during working hours to help with your
logistical needs or address any issues you may face, and are
available 24 hours via an emergency phone for serious
emergencies. Each participate will be introduced to their advisor
as soon as they are accepted. Several meetings will be set-up with
your advisor before and after your arrival. Your advisor is here
to make sure you have the best possible experience here in
About Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Among the nation's fastest-growing metro areas, Atlanta is attracting newcomers from around the country and the world. 16.5 million people come to visit Atlanta each year. With a flare for the arts and entertainment, Atlanta offers a wide selection of museums, music venues and a thriving theatre, movie and music scene.
Atlanta features award-winning restaurants and chefs, iconic locales that rival any across the country - including the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, the CNN Center and the Western hemisphere's largest indoor aquarium. In recent years Atlanta's centrality, vibrant music and movie scene, business climate, and gracious living have transformed the city into a magnet for young people from all parts of the USA.
The MARTA system is Atlanta's train system and has been a staple to the community. Today, MARTA is one of the top 10 transportation agencies in the U.S.
View the MARTA train map to explore rail lines and stations. Rail maps are also posted in all MARTA stations and inside rail cars. For more information, click here for an interactive map with streets, MARTA station guides and maps of each rail line below.
MARTA will be the primary option for 80% of the required destinations for this program. For any other destination, not on the MARTA transportation line, participants will be required to use other transportation options at their own expense. The DI advisor will work with you prior to arrival to assist with budget allocation for UBER transportation.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (airport code: ATL) is the only commercial airport in Atlanta. You will book your flight to arrive at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. A SAFA representative will be waiting for you in the designated airport area sent to you by your SAFA advisor. You will then be accompanied to your living accommodations and will spend the first day going over the program's itinerary, a transportation overview, emergency and safety information and settling into your accommodations.
The following day will include an orientation to Atlanta, in-depth look into the itinerary, and the start of your program.
Discover what makes Atlanta so unique. Explore places to visit that are found "only in Atlanta." During your time outside of the assigned program schedule, you are completely independent to explore the city. In fact, we encourage it! We will send a link to all the cool things to explore and a weekly schedule of events highlighting exciting events happening around Atlanta. Whether it's our world-class aquarium or iconic Stone Mountain, Atlanta has so much to see!
We know how difficult finding perfect living accommodations from thousands of miles away
can be. We take the stress away by offering housing options that are convenient and safe. Our
job is to narrow those choices and provide ongoing support for your entire stay. While studying
abroad offers an exhilarating challenge knowing that you have accommodations that fits all of
your needs and transforms your new living space to a home away from home.
The options offered for this session are located below.
Our living accommodations are located within stylish Buckhead. Known for its upscale malls and the independent art galleries, our location is located walking distance from the MARTA Station, grocery store and two of the biggest shopping malls in Georgia. Chicly dressed locals frequent the trendy restaurants along Peachtree Road and Roswell Road, while twenty-somethings hang out at lively bars and clubs.
Extended Stay - Atlanta
Conveniently located near two major shopping malls (Lenox Mall/Phelps Mall), grocery stores and many restaurants.
Fully fitted kitchen/living room equipped with all necessary utensils, oven and fridge freezer
Flat Screen Television
Bed linen and towels are provided weekly
Internet access is provided free of charge
On-site laundry facilities
Outside swimming pool
Our living accommodations have all the amenities you need, like a fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, and cooking utensils. Your comfort is assured thanks to separate dining and living areas as well and ample work space. You'll feel right at home with in-room WiFi Internet access and cable television. And the convenience of an on-premise laundry facility saves you precious time while you acclimate to your new surroundings.
You will be living in extended living accommodations. All rooms are shared with another participant in the program, although single rooms are available at an additional cost. You will have a roommate that is also a participant of the program. You can also choose your roommate if they have also been accepted to the program.
Note: DI will not house a male and female together, unless specified by the two participants.
Program cost includes most expenses such as living accommodations but does not include all the cost of the program. Please make sure you review the Inclusion/Exclusion section below to see exactly what is included and what is not included in the program cost. Program cost are non-refundable once you are accepted in the program and payment is received by DI.
Apartment (Double Occupancy)
Extended Stay Living (Double Occupancy)
Extended Stay Living (Single Occupancy)
$50 application deposit due upon submitting initial application,
(goes toward the cost of the program, not an extra fee,
refundable only if DI rejects your group application or cancels
$500 non-refundable program deposit (goes toward the cost of
the program, not an extra fee) to secure your place for your
chosen session due within 4 days of official acceptance
Remaining balance due 30 days before the program start date
plus $250 refundable housing security deposit which is
returned after the program minus any damages.
Pre-departure orientation via video chat
Assistance with travel arrangements
24-hour emergency support
Continental breakfast groceries and snacks
Housing as noted in the Living Accommodations section
Laundry Services (laundry facilities located at living accommodations)
All items listed in the Program Components section
In-person activity registration assistance
Any type of insurance
Meals (All other meals not noted in the inclusion section)
Passport application assistance and/or fee
Registration is now open for all dates in 2019. Apply today!
Submit a simple online application
Schedule a live video with your DI Advisor
Receive your acceptance and welcome to Atlanta!
How the Process Works
To apply, click the "Apply Now" button below. You will fill out a simple initial application
online and pay a deposit that is refundable if you are not accepted, and will be applied toward
your overall program cost if you are accepted (not an additional fee). At this point, we will ask
you to do the following:
Select "Apply Now" below to begin your application.
Pay the Program's deposit through the Online Deposit Payment System (Save a
copy of your payment confirmation for your records.)
We will contact you with an acceptance decision within two weeks of your Skype
interview and finishing your application.