Cannes Lions Festival Study Abroad

Cannes Lions Festival
Study Abroad Program



The Cannes Lions study abroad program offers participants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rub elbows with the top leaders of today’s creative world. This three week program is located in Cannes, France, where students will have access to cutting-edge advertising professionals, designers, digital innovators, and marketers while attending the Cannes Lions Festival.

Students will arrive one week prior to the festival for a week of preparation and class and will be housed in fully-equipped seaside apartments in Juan-Les-Pins. During this initial week, students will review award winning material of previous years, as well as plan out their viewing strategy for the festival week. During the week of the festival, students will explore and discover creativity at its finest among 90+ other countries. For the last week of the program, students will reflect on their learnings and present final projects.

Students will be accompanied by top UGA faculty of the Grady College of Journalism. These faculty members will use their connections to set up exclusive face-time with top festival personnel.


Applications open before August of each year. Applications for Summer 2025 are due before midnight, Monday, November 4th, 2024.

Costs & Logistics

The program costs vary from year to year depending on number of students enrolled, exchange rates, and logistical changes. The ESTIMATED program fee for Summer 2025 has not been determined at this time and is subject to change from what is advertised to students. The Program Fee for Summer 2024 was $2,875 (this includes the $300 security deposit paid upon acceptance to the program). This fee is subject to change from what is advertised during the Fall until all students are committed to the program.

In addition to the program fee, students are expected to pay 6 hours of In-state tuition and UGA Mandatory Fees through their Athena student accounts after registration. The HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships can be applied towards TUITION only if applicable. **non-UGA transient students may have an additional $250 fee upon registration**

Student Lodging

During this three-week program, students will be staying in Juan Les Pins, France. The residence, Residence Graziella, is conveniently located within a short walking distance from grocery stores, restaurants, the train station, laundry facilities, and the beach.

Students will stay two to a room in a small furnished apartment in Juan Les Pins. The apartment includes:

  • Linens: twin-sized sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, and hand towels. (Clean linens provided once a week)
  • Appliances: two-eye stove top, microwave, mini-fridge, coffee pot, (no oven)
  • Kitchen items: pots and pans, dishes, eating utensils, cups, mugs, etc.
  • TV
  • 1 full-sized bathroom to share
  • 1 small balcony
  • 1 clothes rack for drying clothes
  • NOT INCLUDED: toilet paper, paper towels, food, spices, soap, clothes iron, etc. (Students are responsible for purchasing these items themselves). **Note, this is an apartment and not a hotel. Normal hotel amenities are not provided.


Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals while on this program, besides a welcome and closing dinner celebration that is provided by the program.

The student residence is just a couple blocks away from a grocery store that provides any necessary food and household items (toilet paper, soap, toiletries, etc).

“Restaurant Row” is also just a couple blocks from the student residence where there are many delicious restaurants to choose from if students decide to eat out.


The residence has been recently renovated to include a washer in each apartment. There is a clothes rack provided to dry your clothes as well.

The Classroom

Class is held Monday through Friday of the first and third weeks in a conference room at a local hotel, located right next door to the student residence.

Program fee includes:

  • 3 weeks lodging in apartments located in Juan-Les-Pins, France (2 train stops over from Cannes)
  • Travel Health Insurance (students are automatically enrolled)
  • Opening and closing dinner celebrations
  • Badges to the Cannes Lions Festival
  • Some faculty related expenses
  • Miscellaneous minor program related expenses

Program fee does not include:

  • 6 hours of in-state tuition and UGA Mandatory fees (see UGA’s website for updated tuition rate for 2025)
  • International airfare (Typically around $1,500)
  • Rail, bus, taxi costs while in country (Estimated total $300)
  • Meals (Estimated $30-$45 a day.. depending on personal eating habits)
  • Personal Purchases
  • 200 euro refundable security deposit at residence upon arrival (will receive back at check out)
  • Passport cost if the student does not have one already
  • International Data plan for your personal cell phone. This is a requirement.
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses


Cannes, France

Students spend a good deal of their time in Cannes attending the Festival each day during the week it is held. Additionally, students have the opportunity to take day-trips to neighboring cities both before and after the festival.

Cannes Lions is held in the famous Palais, the same location for much of the festivities of the Cannes Film Festival held in May each year. The Palais is on the coast with the yacht harbor on one side and beaches on the other. All the workshops, seminars and master classes are held in the Palais. The galas and beach parties are held on private beaches reserved for the week.

All the major shops are in Cannes, from Zara to Hermes to Prada. Students spend some of their down time strolling along the main boulevard window shopping or enjoying a cold drink or espresso at an outside cafe.

Cannes is also a good day trip. It is very close to the residence and students can enjoy the beaches during the day, restaurants for dinner, and the nightlife afterward.


Juan Les Pins, France

The student residence is located in Juan Les Pins, France, just two train stops over from Cannes. Juan Les Pins is a convenient place for our students to stay as it is one block from the train station, one block from restaurants and grocery stores, one block from laundry facilities, and one block from the beach.

Additionally, class is held in a local hotel right next door to the residence.


The Cannes Lions Festival has been celebrating creativity from across the globe since 1954. Today, it is the world’s biggest festival and awards for the creative and marketing communications, entertainment, design and tech industries.

A “Cannes Lions” award is one of the most coveted awards for the creative and marketing communications industry.  Winning at the Festival puts industry professionals among the world’s elite. These trophies are recognized globally as the ultimate achievement in creativity.

Students on this study abroad program will attend these award ceremonies at the Festival and witness the most talented individuals in the field achieving ultimate success.

Program Faculty & Staff

Headshot of Juan Meng

Dr. Juan Meng

UGA Athletic Association Endowed Professor; Department Head; Professor; Co-director, Cannes Lions Program

Journalism Bldg, Room 216
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Rebekah Seabolt

Global Studies Program Manager

Journalism Bldg, Room 205
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Dr. Nathaniel H. Kohn

Professor; Co-director, Cannes Lions Program

Journalism Bldg, Room 328
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