Experience the ritzy, world-famous Cannes Film Festival
while studying how international film functions in the context of celebrity culture, marketing and festivals.
In preparation for fieldwork at the festival, your are required to attend two mandatory introductory lectures—which will be held in March and April on Penn's campus—and view films from around the world. You then spend every day of your two weeks attending the festival in Cannes, France. Your experience includes screenings, classes and guest lectures by prominent leaders in the industry. Students live in dormitory-style housing at the centrally located Collège International de Cannes.
The Penn-in-Cannes program is exclusively available for Penn undergraduate students.
All students must complete an online application and maintain a strong academic standing.
Personal Conduct and Academic Integrity
In order to qualify to study abroad, you need to be in good academic standing at Penn. In addition, your disciplinary status may affect your eligibility to study abroad. You may not be eligible to study abroad if you currently stand charged or are charged prior to the beginning of your study abroad semester with a violation of a University regulation under the University of Pennsylvania's Code of Student Conduct or Code of Academic Integrity, or if there is a pending, current, or outstanding disciplinary matter (academic integrity or conduct). When the charge results in a warning or reprimand, the student may be eligible to study abroad pending a review of the situation. When the charge results in probation, suspension-not-imposed, suspension, or any sanction as serious as or more serious than probation, students are not eligible to study abroad during the period of the sanction.
Students who have received a sanction of probation or suspension-not-imposed may be eligible to study abroad during a future semester after the expiration date of the sanction. However, students must provide confirmation from the Office of Student Conduct that the terms and conditions of their sanction have been met before receiving Penn Abroad approval to study abroad. If there are new charges during the period of the sanction, approval to study abroad may be rescinded.
All students register for a total of one course unit (c.u.)*. Course offerings are subject to change. Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit required pre-departure documents.
- Fulfills requirements: Elective Cinema and Media Studies Major & Minor
The program begins with two introductory lectures held on Penn’s campus to enable students to establish a critical vocabulary for film study. The lectures and subsequent discussions will examine: a) The Business and Art of the Film Festival; b) Contemporary International Cinema; c) History of the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, students are required to watch at least six international films and write a ‘pre-departure’ paper. Those films will be entries from previous Cannes competitions. During the Cannes Festival, students will apply the critical tools and knowledge of the film industry gained from their earlier work. They will be expected to view a certain number of international films, keep a journal, attend regular meetings, and submit a final research essay.
Students stay at the Collège International de Cannes
in dormitory-style housing. Classes also meet at the College, which is centrally located. Breakfast is included.
Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.
Tuition and fees for 2020 will be posted in spring 2020. Please use 2019 costs listed below as general estimates only.
- Tuition for summer 2019: $4,392
- Program fee for summer 2019: $1,695
Includes accommodation with breakfast, passes to the Cannes Film Festival and administrative costs.
For more details about Penn-in-Cannes please visit our website
or attend one of our info sessions:
- Wednesday, November 13 at 5pm in 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall
- Tuesday, November 19 at 5pm in 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall
- Wednesday, December 4 at 5pm in 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall