Penn-in-Cannes, France

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Experience the Cannes Film Festival while studying how international film functions in the context of celebrity, marketing and festivals.

In preparation for fieldwork at the festival, students 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. This is followed by two weeks attending the festival in Cannes, France, including 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 Cannes program is exclusively for Penn students.

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Video: Penn Summer Abroad in Cannes

Students from Penn-in-Cannes, France program attended the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as part of their studies. Led by Nicola Gentili, Program Director, the group attended screenings and lectures, and made some time for celebrity spotting. This video was filmed & edited by Zoe Gan with video contributions from Nicolette Toronto.

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Program Calendar 2016

Pre-departure lectures: March 25 & April 22, 2016 Classes start
Monday, May 9, 2016 Recommended arrival in Cannes
Monday, May 9, 2016 Program housing first available
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 On-site orientation
Sunday, May 22, 2016 Classes end
Monday, May 23, 2016 Program housing last checkout date


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.

CINE 039.950 (1 c.u.) 

  • Taught by Prof. Timothy Corrigan, Faculty Penn in Cannes 2016
  • Fulfills requirements:  Elective Cinema Studies Major & Minor

The program begins with two introductory lectures held on Penn's campus that enable students to establish a critical vocabulary for film study. The lectures and subsequent discussions 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 are entries from previous Cannes competitions. During the Cannes Festival, students apply the critical tools and knowledge of the film industry gained from their earlier work. They are 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 & Fees

 Please note: Summer 2016 program fee will be posted in February 2016. The program fee amount and Estimated Cost Sheet below are for 2015. Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

  • Tuition for Summer 2016: $3,910
  • Program Fee for Summer 2015: $1,750
    Includes accommodation with breakfast, passes to the Cannes Film Festival, and administrative costs.
  • 2015 Estimated Cost Sheet

Information Sessions

Join the program team for an information session to learn more about the details of the Penn-in-Cannes program.

All sessions are 5-6 p.m. in Fisher-Bennett Hall, room 401:

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016


The application for Penn Summer Abroad 2016 will be opening later this year.

  • Early admission deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity

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Contact Information

For details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation:

Program Director
Nicola M. Gentili
Associate Director of Cinema Studies 
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: (215) 898-8782

For assistance with application, financial questions, pre-departure or other general information:

Penn Summer Abroad Office
College of Liberal & Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335
Tel: (215) 746-7075
Fax: (215) 573-2053