Study Abroad in Cannes, France

Study Abroad in Cannes: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Campus Residence Hall

  • Double or triple dorm room


  • Double room
  • Shared bathroom

Apartment (fall only)

  • Double room
  • Shared bathroom, kitchen and living area


  • See details below

Wi-Fi internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Cannes

Housing Options

Students have the option of staying in the student residence hall, living in a homestay or sharing an apartment with another AIFS student.

Student Residence Hall

The Campus residence is situated on campus and houses both French and other international students. Many of the rooms have views overlooking the courtyard to the Mediterranean Sea. Single rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact the AIFS Admissions office for details.

During the mid-semester break residence students are responsible for their own housing and meals. This is generally considered an opportunity to travel but you can choose to stay on campus and pay on site for the additional nights.

Meals Residence students receive breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday and brunch on weekends in the Campus cafeteria.


Living in a French homestay is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture of France. Some students find this aspect of the program the most challenging but also the most rewarding as you adjust and adapt to your new surroundings.

All families are carefully selected and have to meet strict requirements and standards in order to host students.

Homestay students stay in a double room that they will typically share with another AIFS student or international student. Single rooms can be requested for an additional fee.

Meals Students opting to live with a homestay will receive breakfast every day in their homestay and lunch Monday through Friday and brunch at weekends in the Campus cafeteria. The family will also provide a laundry wash and change of bed linen once a week.

The number of host families in Cannes is limited so if you are interested in this unique opportunity please sign up as soon as possible in order to stand the best chance of being placed with a family.

Apartment (fall only)

For those looking for a more independent living arrangement, the apartment option is ideal. Housing in a centrally-located apartment. Students will be in double rooms with shared kitchen and living space giving you the freedom to cook your own meals. The number of apartments is limited so please sign up as soon as possible if you are interested in this housing option.

Meals Apartment students receive lunch at the campus Monday through Friday.

Volunteering and non-credit Internship Opportunities

AIFS can arrange volunteer activities and non-credit internship placements across a variety of fields and a wide range of organizations. Recent placements have included:

  • T.V. production companies
  • Tutoring elementary school children
  • Assisting in a local hospice

Cultural Activities

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of French life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Cannes city tour
  • Cistercian monastery, founded in the 4th century on St. Honorat Island
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Theater tickets to the opera, ballet and musicals
  • Excursions to Nice, Gorges du Verdon, St. Remo (Italy), Aix on Provence, Cassis

Cannes’ sunny climate is ideal for outdoor activities such as swimming and sailing. You can also participate in team sports including basketball, soccer and volleyball. Spring semester students can ski at Isola, a 2-hour drive away.

You can also take a French cuisine cooking course and a landscape drawing course for an additional fee to be paid on campus.

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some activities and events.

Art Museums of the Riviera

Provence has been a source of creative inspiration for some of the world’s greatest artists including Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Picasso. On the AIFS program in Cannes you will have the opportunity to visit museums dedicated to these artists and find out more about what drew them to this beautiful region.

Cannes Film Festival Internship (Spring Only)

Spring semester students’ study abroad experience coincides with the world famous Cannes Film Festival which runs for 2 weeks in May. Students receive a ‘Cannes cinéphile’ pass which entitles them to see all the films presented at the Film Festival in different movie theaters throughout the city.

Students also have the opportunity to work as unpaid volunteers for the duration of the Festival. Past internship placements have been undertaken in:

  • a U.S. production company
  • an international film sales company providing administrative, office management and marketing support
  • hosting in a film screening

Students may also volunteer to work at the exclusive dinner gala organized by amfAR (American Foundation for AIDS research) which is attended by many Hollywood celebrities and famous names from the world of fashion, music and business. On occasion students have also had the chance to walk the famous red carpet.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students seeking careers in communications, public relations or the arts.

AIFS in Cannes Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Sandrine Passeron

Phone: (33) 4 93 47 39 29

Bonjour! I am a native of Cannes, and became the AIFS Resident Director here in 1999. I studied abroad for a year in England, a year in Spain and a third year in Scotland, encountering new adventures and challenges every day. It really changed me as a person and altered my perception of the world.

Along with traveling I enjoy discovering new cultures. I speak French, English, Spanish and conversational Italian. I have a Masters degree in Tourism Management and have worked in the tourism industry in Greece, Norway, Tunisia and Ireland.

Whether it's your first time abroad or your tenth time, every minute is sure to be a great experience. I look forward to helping you adjust to the new environment and sharing my culture with you. A très bientôt à Cannes!

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.