Study Abroad

Visit our French study abroad site in Cannes, France: Collège International de Cannes

Life at the Collège

Cannes is a beautiful city. It is not extraordinarily large, but is very crowded during tourist season (which ends in October).  The weather is hot and humid in the summer and into fall then becomes more chilly by the end of the semester.

The Collège International de Cannes is situated across the street from the ocean (very ideal for afternoon relaxation).  During the beginning of the semester, there are more students from countries all over the world including Switzerland, Slovenia, Russia, Spain, Venezuala, and Italy.  In October, the number of students at the Collège decreases leaving mostly Americans (CSB/SJU and AIFS students) and some others who spend the rest of the semester.

Dorms at the Collège are comfortable.  Most are doubles and students may either request a roommate from CSB/SJU or and international roommate.  The Collège also provides three meals per day on campus served at 8, 12, and 7.

Classes Abroad

Le Français (4 credits)
While in France, everyone is required to take a French language course.  It meets every morning from 9-12.  Students take a placement test upon arrival in France to determine which grammar class they will be in.  However, if after a couple weeks you feel like your class is too easy or too difficult, you can talk to the professor and switch.

Société Française (4 credits)
French Society is offered in both English and French.  It is a survey of French history since the time of the French Revolution (1789) with a focus on culture and why the French government and people do things the way they do.  This course meets twice/week in the afternoon beginning in October.

l'Histoire d'Art (4 credits)
Art History is also offered in both English and French.  Depending on the professor, students will examine works of art. This course meets twice/week in the afternoon beginning in October with occasional additional afternoons for field trips to art museums in the area.

la Vie Politique* (4 credits)
Politics is offered only in French.  The course covers the French government and political system with an emphasis on how it differs from that of the United States.

le Cinéma* (4 credits)

La Littérature* (4 credits)

Expression Théâtrale (1-2 credits)
In this theater class, students will rehearse and perform a play written specifically for them by the director of the Collège.  Rehearsal times vary based on the student's role in the play, but may include evenings (between 4 and 7) and nights (between 8 and 9).

Phonétique (1 credit)
Phonetics is a course offered in French that focuses on pronunciation.  The classes are very small (usually 2-4 people) and students meet once/week for a month to practice sounds that are traditionally difficult for Americans learning French.

Service Learning (0-4 Crédits)
Students have the option of becoming involved with an organization in the community where they will be immersed completely with French speakers.  Upon arrival in France, students may meet with their faculty director and/or the director of the Collège to discuss any interest in this program.  Some examples of sites used in the past include Maison d'Enfants and Solidarité, Prévention, Insertion (SPI).

*Note: Courses marked with an * are offered contingent on sufficient enrollment.


During the semester, students will take three trips organized and paid for by CSB/SJU.  In 2009, these trips included the Villes Perchées, cities around the Provence region, and, of course, Paris.  Students are also encouraged to travel before, during, and/or after the semester.  There is a train station in Cannes, approximately a 20-25 minute walk from the Collège, as well as a public bus to the airport in Nice.

Stories from France

My time in France was perfect.  It was such a different world living in the south of France right along the Mediterranean Sea.  My memories from my time abroad center around the sun, the sea, and the good friends that I met abroad.  We lived at the Collège International de Cannes, a school specifically to learn French, so I met interesting people from all over the world as well as French students.  I met some of the most amazing friends, and I was even invited to the home of one of my good friends from France.  This was a memorable experience because as we did not live with host families the private lives of French families were not something that everyone got to experience.  Being able to be immersed in the French culture, from shopping, transportation, education, nights out, and especially cuisine was an experience that I will never forget.  Learning about and sampling French food was definitely one of the most interesting experiences, and now I have a much better appreciation for fresh bread, wine, and cheese.  I was also able to do a lot of traveling while I was in Europe, and with planes, trains, and buses I ended up touring cities all over the south of the country as well as seven other countries.  Overall I would say that this experience changed me greatly, I will take lessons I learned abroad with me for the rest of my life, and I will remember the friends I made there forever.

Lindsay Williams '12, French Minor
Studied in Cannes Fall 2009

Contact Us

Lisa Ohm
Department Chair
Richarda P16, CSB
(320) 363-5754

Mary Niedenfuer
Department Coordinator
CSB Richarda P15
(320) 363-5067
SJU Quad 253A
(320) 363-3093