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Study Abroad | Cannes

France | Campus International de Cannes | Spring 2023
Cannes Series event.
  • Spring 2023


Spend a semester or academic year in the sunny, artistic city of Cannes, France, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at the Campus International de Cannes, located on spacious grounds next to the scenic Mediterranean Sea and within walking distance of the Old Port and vibrant city center.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 18 semester credits depending on program selection

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and French

  • Housing

    Campus Residence or a French homestay

  • Meals

    Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday and brunch on weekends

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    4-day excursion to Paris and 2-day excursion to Provence. Day trips to Monaco, St. Tropez, and excursions to Antibes, Grasse and Île Sainte-Marguerite

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience

  • On-Site Resident Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Excursions

    Florence, Italy (3 days)

Program Details: Study Abroad | Cannes Extended Full Curriculum Program


January 29, 2023May 26, 2023



Application Deadlines

September 24, 2022

Inclusive Fees


Stay for a year to save on cost


Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Art
  • Economics
  • Film Studies
  • French Language
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Theater Studies


AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Founded in 1931, the Collège International de Cannes is a private institution of higher learning that draws students from around the world. The CiC was founded on the principles of international harmony and tolerance, with the purpose of introducing foreign students to the French language and culture. 

The Collège has 22 classrooms, a theater, a recreation room, a volleyball court, a communal kitchen, a sun terrace and a magnificent courtyard where the beautiful view changes according to the season. It is situated on spacious grounds next to the Mediterranean Sea and is within walking distance of the Old Port and city center. 

  • Art
  • Economics
  • Film Studies
  • French Language
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Theater Studies

The Extended Semester in the spring 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. 

This program is designed for students wishing to begin or strengthen their language skills in French and take seminars on French culture and civilization taught in French and English. A French language course is required and offered at all levels from Beginner to Advanced. Then choose up to three seminars. 

The language course meets for 15 hours per week and is recommended for 6 U.S credits for the Spring Semester program or 9 U.S. credits for the Fall Semester and Extended Spring Semester. Seminar courses, taught in English or French, are recommended for 3 credits. All students take a placement test online before arrival in Cannes. The results of the test determine the most appropriate course level for you. Students wishing to take seminars taught in French must place into Intermediate French (Intermédiaire II, French level B1.1) or higher. 

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An aerial view of Cannes, France.

Living Abroad

Campus REsidence Hall

Houses both French and other international students.

  • Double or triple dorm room
  • Communal kitchen facilities
  • Single rooms and en-suite rooms are available for an additional fee. Contact Program Advisor for details
  • Breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday in campus cafeteria
  • Brunch at the weekend in campus cafeteria


A unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture of France. Some students find this aspect of the program the most rewarding. All families are carefully selected and have to meet strict requirements and standards in order to host students.

  • Double room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Single rooms are available for an additional fee
  • Daily breakfast in homestay
  • Lunch Monday through Friday and brunch at the weekend in campus cafeteria

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Cannes

During the mid-semester break 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 or homestay and pay on-site for the additional nights and meals.


Cannes is renowned worldwide for the beauty of its setting and the magnificence of its festivals.  


With a population of 70,000 people, Cannes provides all of the conveniences of cosmopolitan living. Situated on the shores of the Bay of La Napoule, it is well located for travel on the French Riviera.


The mild climate of the Côte d’Azur is also ideal for those who enjoy outdoor life.

AIFS in Cannes Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

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Sandrine Passeron

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 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.

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
  • Grape picking in the fall
  • Theater tickets to the opera, ballet and musicals
  • Excursions to Nice, Gorges du Verdon

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

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 landscape drawing course for an additional fee to be paid on campus.

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.

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  


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Cannes and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of France. Previous excursions have included:

Antibes, France.


Visit the Picasso Museum. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fee. 

  • France
  • Afternooon Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Grasse, France.


Visit the International Perfume Museum and a perfume factory. Take a perfume making lesson. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees. 

  • France
  • Afternoon Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
An aerial view of Île Sainte Marguerite.

Île Sainte Marguerite

Visit Fort Royal and the cell of the “Man in the Iron Mask.” Free time to go swimming or explore the Aleppo Forest. Includes round-trip transportation. 

  • France
  • Afternoon Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
An aerial view of Monaco.


Visit the Oceanographic Museum, the medieval village of Eze, and Saint Nicholas Cathedral. Includes round-trip transportation and entrance fees. 

  • Small country on the border of France
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
St Tropez.

St. Tropez

Visit the Musée de L’Annonciade and spend free time exploring. Includes round-trip transportation. 

  • France
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
A street in Paris with a pink building.


Sightseeing visits to the Montmartre area, the Sacré Coeur, the Opéra Garnier, the Louvre, the Latin Quarter, Luxembourg Gardens, the Sorbonne, Notre Dame and more, with free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts and one group dinner. 
  • France
  • 4 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
A street in Provence, France.


Sightseeing visits to Arles, Les Baux-de-Provence, Avignon, the Palace of the Popes and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Includes round-trip transportation, hotel accommodations and one group dinner. 

  • France
  • 2 Days
  • Not Included in Program Fee
An aerial view of Florence, Italy.


Guided sightseeing tour of major sights such as The Duomo, Ghiberti’s Baptistery Doors, Piazza della Signori, the Uffizi Gallery and more, with free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, daily breakfasts and one group dinner. 

  • Italy
  • 3 Days
  • $645
A group of happy students at a carnival.
A view of Prague.

Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    September 24, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline
    October 14, 2022
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 28, 2023
  • Program Begins
    January 29, 2023
  • Program Ends
    May 26, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    May 27, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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