Study abroad on the French Riviera
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.
How many people in their lives want to going scuba diving in the Mediterranean Sea? You can have that opportunity as part of the Cannes Lions study abroad program. You’ll see small octopuses and lots of fish. There’s even a small village on the bottom of the sea that has been used in various movies.
If you are certified, bring your card. If you are not certified, you can still do a “try” dive with one of the dive masters. Groups of up to 10 students can do a morning or afternoon dive. We dive with Alex Diamond of Diamond Diving. He is English so there is no chance of misunderstanding which is important when you are diving. His staff is excellent. Diamond Diving is an award-winning dive program affiliated with PADI. They are located very close to the residence.
Students frequently go shopping or sightseeing in the ancient walled city of Antibes, just a 20-minute walk from the residence. Originally a Greek settlement, Antibes became an important Roman outpost. The wall still remains and it surrounds a beautiful city with boutiques, restaurants and a town square with a weekly market. Antibes also is the home of a famed Picasso museum. Also, watch the boats sail in and out of the medieval harbor.
The beautiful city of Nice, crown jewel of the French Rivera, is just a 30-minute train ride from the residence. Shop at upscale boutiques and watch passersby as you enjoy a drink at a street side cafe. Nice is famous for its rocky beaches and large yachts moored in the harbor just off the coast. Nice is a perfect day trip for study abroad students.
Visit Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene in the Principality of Monaco. Famous for its sheer cliffs, casinos and royalty, Monaco is just an hour train ride from the residence. Students usually spend the day sightseeing and visiting the royal palace and Royal Maritime Museum, then dress up in the evening to visit the well-known casinos.
Delta and its partners, Air France and KLM, offer flights to Nice through a connection in New York, Paris, or another major European city daily, although students can fly over on any airline of their choosing. From Nice Airport students can take a bus, taxi or train for the half-hour ride to the town of Juan-les-Pins.
Students will be housed in apartments in Juan-les-Pins, a small seaside community a few miles east of Cannes. Usually, two students share a studio apartment with an ensuite bathroom and kitchenette in a French residential hotel. Students will be expected to leave a $100 security deposit upon arrival at the residence. This will not be charged unless excessive damage is made to the room upon checkout. Students are responsible for paying for their own meals while on the program.
Each student will be loaned a European cellular telephone for use during the program. These phones receive calls free of charge and text messages can be sent and received very inexpensively. In order to make telephone calls, students have to purchase phone cards and enter credit into the phones. Note that these phones should be used for making local calls only; the cost of making international calls is high. However, the phones can receive international calls free of charge. Phones must be returned on the last day of the program, along with the charger and instruction booklet.