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.

Program Calendar 2015

Classes start Pre-departure lectures: March 27 & April 24, 2015
Recommended arrival in Cannes Monday, May 11, 2015
Program housing first available Monday, May 11, 2015
On-site orientation Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Classes end Sunday, May 24, 2015
Program housing last checkout date Monday, May 25, 2015

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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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.)
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 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 & Fees

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 2015: $3,760
  • Program Fee for Summer 2015: $1,750
    Includes accommodation with breakfast, passes to the Cannes Film Festival, and administrative costs.

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 12, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015


  • Early admission deadline: Friday, January 16, 2015
  • 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