Program Dates

This program operates in Maymester each year. For summer 2020, students will arrive on May9 or 10, 2020 and depart from the program on June 4, 2020. Classes will begin on Monday, May 11, 2020 and end on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.


The Course and Course Objectives

Students will receive six hours of elective credit during the Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad program.

The first course is “JOUR 5590/7590- Critical Writing and Reviewing.” This course focuses on the art of critiquing and reviewing live events, movies and television, while incorporating knowledge of culture, international occurrences and time periods. No pre-req required.

The second course is “EMST4040/6040 – International Film Industry Studies.” For this course, students will research film marketing and the reception of films in various countries, with a focus on the films featured at Cannes. No pre-reqs are required.

Who can apply?

The UGA Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad Program is open to university students (including graduate students) in the United States who are interested in and passionate about the film industry.

Though this program allows anyone to apply, strong candidates have an appreciation for the film industry.

Apply to Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad Program

Applications open in August of each year. Applications for Summer 2020 are due no later than Thursday, January 16th at 5pm.

To apply, click the “Apply now” button, which will direct you to UGA’s Office of Global Engagement’s StudyAway Portal.  If you have any questions about the application process, contact Rebekah Ryan, Grady College’s Distance Learning Coordinator, at

Program Faculty

Dr. Nate Kohn, Co-Director and Faculty. Dr. Kohn teaches screenwriting, producing for film/television, and qualitative methods; directs the Cannes Film Festival Study Abroad Program and the Cannes Lions Festival Study Abroad Program; associate directs The Peabody Awards; and produces film/television programs.

Nate Kohn, professor, Entertainment and Media Studies, and associate director, Peabody Awards
Rebekah Ryan, Distance Learning Coordinator

Program Staff

Rebekah Ryan has been Grady College’s distance learning coordinator since August 2016. She earned a bachelor of arts in public health from Georgia College and State University in 2011 and a master of arts in public relations from the University of Georgia in 2016. As the distance learning coordinator, Rebekah is the point of contact for all of Grady College’s study abroad and domestic field study programs.

Tel: 706-542-4181


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