Program Description and Information

The program's goal is to provide students in Journalism, Telecommunications, Film, and related fields with the opportunity to study at and participate in the world's most prestigious film festival and film market, the Cannes International Film Festival. For students in critical writing, encounters with films that have never been reviewed and the men and women who make these films provides a challenge and an opportunity for intellectual adventure among filmmakers and filmgoers from every continent, a real life experience of a kind unavailable in traditional classroom settings. For students interested in producing film, the Cannes Film Market offers an unprecedented opportunity to experience first hand how feature length motion pictures are presented, marketed, and sold to international theatrical, television, and video/DVD distributors.

The program offers two courses, which can be taken at either the undergraduate or graduate level. See the attached syllabi. Students are required to take both courses, for a total of six UGA credit hours.

Program Requirements:
There is no minimum GPA, but holding good standing (not being on probation) at an accredited university is necessary. Minimum age is 18.

Course Load:

Housing and Meals:
Students will be housed in apartments in Juan-les-Pins, a small seaside community a few miles east of Cannes. Usually, two students share a studio apartment with kitchenette in a French residential hotel. Students will have to leave a security deposit of $100 upon arrival at the residence. Security deposit will show up as a hold on your bank account but will not be charged unless excessive damage is made to the residence upon check out.

Students are expected to budget for meals prior to attending the program. Meals are not covered in the program fee.

How to get to Cannes:
Delta, Air France and other airlines offer flights to Nice through a connection in New York, Paris, or another major European city. From Nice Airport students can take a bus, taxi or train for the half hour ride to Juan-les-Pins.

Cell Phones:
Each student will be loaned a European cellphone for use during the program. Students will use these phones to call or text with each other on the program. The phones can receive international calls from the US free of charge. Phones must be returned on the last day of the program, along with the charger and instruction booklet. Students will be held financially responsible for lost or damaged phones.

Program Costs:
Program costs are determined by the size of the enrolled group each year. Please note that tuition and University of Georgia fees are billed separately from the Program Fee. Tuition costs vary from year to year. For the most up-to-date information on tuition rates, visit Please note that HOPE financial aid may be applied to tuition costs for study abroad, but do not cover program fees. Please visit to learn about current year program fees.

The program cost includes housing, food, and medical insurance. Not included is your airfare as well as rail and bus costs between Nice, Juan-les-Pins and Cannes, personal purchases, food costs above the $25 per diem, and the security deposit for lodging and cell phone. Please be prepared to cover these costs, including phone cards, which can add up if you are not careful.

These program costs will also be paid directly to the Bursar's Office in accordance with a UGA STUDY ABROAD PAYMENT INFORMATION agreement. Students are required to sign as a part of the application process through the Office of International Education’s GoAbroad portal. For information and to apply, please visit

Financial aid:
HOPE scholarship applies to tuition for UGA students. Note that recent changes in HOPE mean that HOPE no longer covers the full tuition for most students. Check with the University of Georgia Financial Aid Office for details on financial aid. (HOPE Scholarship money is not available until 10 days before the start of each term.) The Georgia State Board of Regents also offers some scholarships for Study Abroad Programs; to apply, visit the website at:, download the form and submit. Students from other universities may check with their home institutions for similar financial aid opportunities. It is each student's responsibility to go to your Financial Aid Office and notify them that you are doing the Cannes Study Abroad Program. This enables your Financial Aid Office to then start the paperwork necessary for your scholarships and/or financial aid to be transferred to the University of Georgia.

F.A.Q. Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?
Undergraduate and graduate students of any discipline may apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing at an accredited university. Applicants should be at least 18 years old. A diverse student population is a program objective.

How do you apply?
Fill in an application form and submit it with a transcript and writing sample. The Bursar's Office will bill you for the $200 deposit. If you are accepted, the deposit is applied to your total program cost. If you withdraw from the Cannes Program after being accepted, your $200 application fee will be non-refundable.

When will I find out if I am accepted?
The Cannes Study Abroad Program Director and the program professors will meet shortly after the application deadline, receipt of your transcript, writing sample, and application fee. They will interview each applicant. They will then notify you within ten days after your interview on the status of your application. If you are not accepted for the program, your $200 deposit will be refunded.

What is the language of instruction?
All courses will be taught in English.

What is covered by the program cost?
Program fees, housing, meal allowance, and medical insurance.

What is NOT covered?
Tuition and Technology Fee. Your roundtrip airfare to France and train and bus travel between Nice, Cannes, and Juan-les-Pin, your personal purchases, phone cards, personal entertainment, etc. These costs can add up if you are not careful, so please be prepared to cover them.

Can I get Honors Credit for these courses?
Almost all of the courses offered in Cannes can be adjusted to become available for Honors Credit, pending approval by the instructor and the Honors College. Ask the Director or your respective Professor(s) for more information.

Is there a computer lab in Cannes?
The program does not at this time maintain a computer lab. Students are strongly encouraged to bring laptop computers with them. For internet connections, students should use internet at the Student Residence, and cafes in Cannes and Juan-les-Pins.

How do I get into films at the festival?
The program will arrange Badges for all students in the program. These official Cannes Film Festival Badges allow admittance to various screenings of all the films shown in the festival.

Where can I get further information?
Rebekah Ryan, Distance Learning Coordinator, 706-542-4181. Room 311-A Journalism Building.