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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, you 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 for Penn undergraduate students.

Penn-in-Cannes is no longer accepting applications for 2019

Early admission deadline: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity
Final application deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019


Join us for an information session to learn more about the program:

  • Wednesday, November 7 at 5-6 p.m. at 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall
  • Tuesday, November 13 at 5-6 p.m. at 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall
  • Wednesday, November 28 at 5-6 p.m. at 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall
  • Tuesday, December 4 at 5-6 p.m. at 401 Fisher-Bennett Hall
Friday, March 22
Friday, April 19, 2019
Pre-departure lectures
Sunday, May 12, 2019 Recommended arrival in Cannes
Sunday, May 12, 2019 Program housing first available
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 On-site orientation
Saturday, May 25, 2019 Classes end
Sunday, May 26, 2019 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..

Perspectives on International Cinema

CINE 039 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Timothy Corrigan
  • 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 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 for summer 2019: $4,392
  • Program fee for summer 2019: $1,695
    • Penn Summer Abroad deposits ($500) will be credited to students’ accounts when final program costs are posted
    • Includes administrative costs, student accommodations and passes to the Cannes Film Festival
  • 2019 estimated cost sheet

Payment is due according to Penn’s Student Registration and Financial Services billing schedule.

Student Video

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


If you have a problem viewing this video, you can watch it on YouTube.

Contact Information

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

Nicola M. Gentili

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

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

Nicola M. Gentili

Penn Summer Abroad Office
College of Liberal & Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA, 19104-3335
Tel: (215) 898-7326

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

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