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 woman 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. A security deposit of $100 is required.

Students are given the equivalent of US$20 per day, Monday-Sunday, to cover the cost of meals.

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.

Cellular Telephones:
Each student will be loaned a European cellular telephone for use during the program. These phones will receive calls free of charge, and text messages can be sent and received very inexpensively. In order to make telephone calls, students have to purchase phone cards and enter credit into the phones. Note that these phones should be used for making local calls only; the cost of making international calls is high. However, the phones can receive international calls free of charge. Phones must be returned on the last day of the program, along with the charger and instruction booklet. A security deposit of $100 is required.

Program Costs:
The cost of the program EXCLUDES TUITION AND TECHNOLOGY FEE, both of which need to be paid separately and directly to the UGA Bursar's Office. Tuition varies depending on a student's year in school. Tuition costs for this year are approximately $1770. These are subject to small changes as the university sets tuition rates across the system. Note that HOPE does cover a portion of tuition, if you qualify for the HOPE Scholarship. Please check with the Bursar's Office to determine your specific tuition cost. Students must enroll in both courses.

The cost of the program for in-state students is $3,850 and $4,100 for students who are neither in the University of Georgia System nor residents of Georgia.

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 $20 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 that all applicants are required to sign. That agreement can be found at:

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.

Please send the completed application form, writing sample, and transcript to:

Cannes Study Abroad Program
c/o Kelly Meyer, Program Director
Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Georgia
120 Hooper Street
Athens, GA 30602

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?
If you have questions not answered here, please e-mail or call Kelly Meyer, Study Abroad Coordinator at or (706) 542-4181. Alternately, you may contact program director Dr. Nate Kohn at or (706) 542-4972, or Jennifer Smith at

Syllabus – Course 1

JOUR 5590/7590 Critical Writing and Reviewing

Cannes Study Abroad 2015

Dr. Nate Kohn

As the catalogue course description states, this is a class devoted to writing reviews about the popular arts. It is also intended to be a survey of arts criticism. Assignments will require students to cover a number of live arts events, movies, and television programming.

You will be expected to read reviews on-line and in a variety of publications, including international newspapers. In your reviews, you should draw on your general knowledge of the arts, culture, society, and the relationship between arts production and arts criticism. In addition to your idiosyncratic personal tastes, you should take into consideration issues such as race, class, gender, and nationalism and engage various discourses, such as the modern, the postmodern, the postcolonial, and the romantic.

As this is a concentrated Maymester, we will limit ourselves to reviewing movies that you will see at the Cannes Film Festival.

There is no required text for the course. However, there is a READING PACKET that I will give to you before we leave for France and which you should begin reading as soon as you get it.

You will also be required to read the International Herald Tribune daily, and to read on-line reviews at these and other sites:

You will each write 9 reviews during the program. I will present you with a list of acceptable publications, taken mainly from publications and web-sites represented in the reading packet, and you should tailor each review to one of those publications.

You should submit all assignments in journalistic form, computer-printed, double spaced, with 1.25 inch margins all around. Insert any proof-reading corrections neatly. Presentation of your work must meet professional standards. There will be absolute deadlines for each assignment, mirroring the professional industry with hard publication dates.

Attendance is mandatory. The class is run as a workshop in which reviews are read and discussed. You are expected to participate in class discussions and to present and defend your work and points of view. The range of ideas and opinions is what makes this class fascinating, so be prepared to speak up.

All assignments will be graded by professional criteria, emphasizing the originality of your ideas, clarity of expression, and how well your review reflects the style of the publication you are writing for. Your final grade is based on the aggregate grades of your reviews, class participation, and your improvement as a writer during the class.

Reviews -- 50%
Class Participation -- 35%
Improvement -- 15%


May 11-12. First Meetings: Introduction to writing movie reviews.

May 13-24. At Cannes Film Festival. We will meet each morning during the festival. The balance of the time will be spent viewing movies, attending festival seminars, and meeting with filmmakers and international journalists at the festival.

May 25 – June 3. Workshop for movie reviews, in class discussion of the festival, lectures on the art and craft of writing, rewriting, and polishing reviews.

Useful websites for researching movie reviews:,

Syllabus – Course 2

TELE 4420/6420 Telecommunications Research

Cannes Study Abroad 2015
(prerequisites waived)

Professor Jennifer Smith

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the premiere annual events in the international motion picture industry. Cannes is not simply a festival of film screenings; it also hosts the largest industry market in the world where filmmakers, agents, distributors, and other professionals from around the world come to buy, sell, pitch, and promote their projects.

Many filmmakers screen their films at the market in Cannes with the goal of securing a distribution deal. How do they create good “buzz” about their films in order to attract audiences and potential buyers? Many films leave the festival without any interest from distributors. Some films receive glowing reviews, while others do not fair as well with the critics. What can these filmmakers do to market their films more effectively?

A movie that is well-received by audiences at Cannes might be difficult to market in another country. How should filmmakers and distributors advertise the film to these audiences? What does the poster look like? Should there be different trailers and posters for different audiences?

Course Description:
Students will attempt to answer these questions throughout the course. The course will survey the international business of motion pictures with its primary focus on marketing campaigns, audience research, and distribution strategies, taking into consideration the social, political, and economic climates of various worldwide territories.

Students will attend festival screenings and analyze selected films, creating their own campaigns and strategies.

You will receive a packet of course readings and materials that you need to read and review before leaving for Cannes. We will be referring to the material in class, so you need to bring the packet with you to France.

Attendance is mandatory. Participation is also required. You will be asked to present your work in class, critique your classmate's work, and contribute to class discussions.

Students will attend screenings throughout the course of the festival. Each student will select three films to analyze based on certain criteria outlined in class. The student will critique the current marketing and distribution strategy of each film and develop a new plan for positioning the films more effectively.

3 Projects = 75 (25% each)
participation = 25%


May 11-12: Introduction to the business of motion pictures and the festival market.
May 13-24: Cannes Film Festival. The class will meet for a brief period each day during the festival. Students will spend most of their time at festival screenings and seminars, and meetings with filmmakers and industry professionals.
May 25-June 1: In class discussions, analysis and critiques of films, and lectures on audience research techniques, marketing campaigns, and distribution strategies.
June 2-3: Creation and presentation of projects.