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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 01/16/2020 02/01/2020 06/13/2020 07/04/2020
NOTE: This program is open to all majors, however, an interest in advertising, public relations, brand communications, creative marketing, etc is preferred. Attend an INFORMATION SESSION on Thursday, September 12th, 3:30-4:30pm in Studio 100 (1st floor of Grady College - 120 Hooper Street, Athens) OR Thursday, October 24th, 3:30-4:30pm (Room 239 - 2nd floor of Grady College - 120 Hooper Street, Athens).
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Sponsor: University of Georgia
Type of Instruction: Independent Study Classes With: UGA Students
Taught By: UGA/U.S. Professors(s) Housing Type: Private Apartment
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: No
Scholarship Availability: No College/School: Grady
Academic Area: Advertising, Art, Communication Studies, Consumer Journalism, Design, Digital and Broadcast Journalism, Health Promotion, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Business, Journalism, Journalism and Mass Communication, Marketing, Marketing Research, Mass Communication, Mass Media Arts, Public Relations Minimum number of credit hours: 6
Maximum number of credit hours: 6 Participant Selection: Not competitive
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 41-100 students
Type of Admission: By deadline or until program fills Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Adventure Sport: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling
Program Description:

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UGA- Grady- Cannes Lions Advertising Festival Study Abroad

The UGA Cannes Lions Advertising Study Abroad Program offers two academic courses centered on the famed Cannes Lions Festival for Creativity, which takes place in the French coastal city of Cannes, France each June.
Through this program, students have an opportunity to expand their global perspective and participate in an international advertising and media event. The festival is the most important festival in the world for those interested in the best advertising, public relations, digital and other forms of marketing communications. The festival attracts executives and practitioners from around the world. For one week each June, the Lions festival at Cannes is home to the major players in the international advertising and marketing communication community.

Program Location

Cannes view from cliff

Located on the Mediterranean in southern France, Cannes is a beautiful seaside resort community not far from Nice, Monte Carlo, and St. Tropez. Student lodging is located in Juan Les Pins, France, just a short 10-minute train ride away from Cannes.


Contact Information

Dr. Nate Kohn, Program Co-Director
Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
Tel: 706.542.4972
Karen King, Program Co-Director
Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
Tel: 706.542.4998
Rebekah Ryan, Distance Learning Coordinator
Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication

Tel: 706.542.4181

Academic Program

Arrive in Cannes on June 13 or 14, 2020.
Classes begin June 15 and run through July 3, 2020.
Program ends and students depart July 4, 2020.

ADPR 5992 Special Topics
Global Advertising & Marketing Communication
(prerequisites waived)

Cannes coastStudents meet the week before the festival to discuss and review global advertising concepts and to learn about the types and styles of advertising produced throughout the world. Students will also research featured speakers and categories of work in preparation for attending the festival. During the week-long festival, students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of workshops and lectures, to review all creative and media entries, and to attend award ceremonies. The week following the festival, students will recap what was learned, present their analyses and final campaign projects, and discuss future trends in global advertising.

ADPR 5992 Special Topics
Advertising and Campaign Analysis

Commercial production techniques are changing dramatically, given the digital revolution and the economic downturn. Creators of television, radio and web commercials find themselves redefining what a commercial is and how to produce them. New narrative and aesthetic structures, commercial lengths and placements, and concepts of branding, among other variables, are questioning and in some cases replacing traditional advertising strategies. This revolution is taking place internationally, with much of the most innovative work occurring outside of the United States.
In this course, students will study, critique and produce commercials in and for the digital age, based upon what they see and learn at the Cannes Lions Festival.
During the first week of the three-week program, students will participate in class discussions on commercial production techniques. The second week of the program is the festival itself. Students will attend the Festival seminars, workshops, lectures, screenings, and awards ceremonies. They will critique what they see and hear. And during the final week of the program, students, working in small groups, will present a final campaign project based on findings from the festival.

Program Itinerary

We are building our 2020 program itinerary right now! Our "home" away from home is in a village just down the coast from Cannes, called Juan-les-Pins.


Students reside two to a room, in furnished apartment-style condos in Juan-Les-Pins, France. Apartments are equipped with twin sized beds, fully-stocked kitchenette (stovetop, microwave, mini-fridge, coffee pot, plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, etc), pillows, sheets, towels, blankets, etc.

The residence is conveniently located one block from the beach, one block from the grocery store and restaurants, one block from the train station, and one block from laundry facilities and a pharmacy.

Program Costs

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The program costs vary from year to year depending on number of students enrolled, exchange rates, and logistical cost changes. The estimated program fee for 2020 has not been determined at this time and is subject to change from what is advertised to students in the Fall. The total PROGRAM FEE for Summer 2019 was $2,640 (this includes the $300 security deposit paid upon acceptance to the program via credit card). 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**

The program fee listed above includes the following:
- 3 weeks lodging in apartments located in Juan-Les-Pins, France (2 train stops over from Cannes)
- Travel Health Insurance (committed students are automatically enrolled)
- Loaned European cell phone and data to use throughout the program
- Opening and Closing Dinner Celebrations
- Badge to the Cannes Lions Festival
- Some faculty related expenses
- Miscellaneous minor program related expenses

The program fee listed above does not include:
- 6 hours of in-state tuition and UGA Mandatory fees (see UGA’s website for update tuition rate for Summer 2020)
- International airfare
- Rail, bus, taxi costs while in country
- Meals
- Personal purchases
- 100 euro refundable security deposit at residence upon arrival (will receive back at check out).
- Passport cost if the student does not have one already
- Miscellaneous personal expenses

Attend a Cannes Lions Festival Study Abroad Program Information Session! 
1. Thursday, September 12th, 2019
3:30-4:30pm in Studio 100 (1st floor of Grady College - 120 Hooper Street, Athens). 
2. Thursday, October 24th, 2019
3:30-4:30pm in room 239 (2nd floor of Grady College - 120 Hooper Street, Athens).


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Program Reviews:
Leigh Kristen Rixey, Summer 2017 Participant
I received SO much out of this experience. From life experience, to experience in the industry I was able to see, meet, and be immersed in the culture.

Nicolette Ruth Sariotis, Summer 2017 Participant
Great once in a lifetime opportunity

Summer 2017 Participant
One of the best experiences of my lifetime. I will never forget traveling to Cannes with UGA, and I am so glad I bit the bullet and decided to go. It was a dream come true, and every moment was perfect. Thank you for having me.

Being immersed in the festival and getting to meet some of the most accomplished people in the industry.
     — Leigh Rixey, Summer 2017
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