The international atmosphere of the French Riviera provides the backdrop for the French language and culture program located at the Campus International de Cannes (CIC). This location has inspired such painters as Matisse and Picasso and is near many important artistic and historic sites: Monaco is forty minutes away by train; the gorges of the Verdun Valley, the Roman monuments of Provence, the Alps, and the medieval villages of Eze and la Turbie are nearby.

Program Highlights

  • Cannes, home to the famous film festival of the same name, is an international hub for work and recreation. Though geographically compact, Cannes offers many cultural opportunities to explore. And, the Collège is ideally located on the oceanfront!
  • CSB/SJU students study alongside international students from all over the world, creating connections that will last a lifetime.
  • All meals are included with the program fee paid to CSB/SJU.  This makes a semester on the French Riviera affordable for students.
  • No previous French language experience required!


The Campus International de Cannes, which opened its doors in 1920, specializes in instruction of the French language and culture. CSB/SJU students will take French langauge courses throughout their semester, along with a variety of seminar courses from the offerings at the CIC.

Upon arrival, you will take a placement test as a part of your orientation to determine your grammar and language course placement. The CIC offers language instruction at 15 specialized levels, making it the ideal site to improve your French skills. In addition, you will choose from a variety of afternoon seminar courses which are offered in French (art history, cinema, civilization & culture, political science, and theater) or in English (art history, civilization & culture, and international business).

For a complete list of classes please refer to page 2 of the France brochure.


Students live, eat, socialize, and study at the CIC, which is home to many international and some French students. Double occupancy dorm style rooms offer shared bathrooms. Common spaces include a lounge, large courtyard, library, computer lab, and small cafe. Participation in the Cannes program offers CSB/SJU students full board (three meals a day, seven days a week) in the cafeteria.

Program Dates

The approximate program dates for France are late-August to mid-December.

Financial Considerations

For more information on the Program Fees for this program, please refer to the France Program Brochure. Another great resource is the Financing your Experience brochure. This brochure includes estimates of what past participants spent on this program, along with information regarding scholarships and financial aid for study abroad.

See which Scholarships you may qualify for with participating on this program. 

Please note: to obtain the required visa to study on this program you will need to travel to a French Consulate in the US for visa processing (most commonly, Chicago). This is not included in your program fee.

Explore Further

Fall 2020 Program Director: Jean Lavigne, Environmental Studies

Program Advisor: Nicole Clements, Center for Global Education