Study Abroad: “LSU at Cannes”

Experience the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity

Join us this summer on the French Riviera to expand your perspectives on global media and creative culture at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Over 11,000 communication professionals from 90 countries gather each year on the beach in Cannes during a five-day festival to attend lectures, seminars and workshops during the day and multiple award ceremonies each night. The festival pass also grants you access to the screenings, cabanas and beach events set up by companies such as Google, Meta, Spotify, Pinterest, Twitter and more.

This two-week program, led by Professor Lance Porter, runs from June 15th-June 29th. Earn three hours of credit in MC 4971, International Brand Cases. The program fee is $4,000, (not including airfare and tuition/fees). For more information, email Dr. Porter at

Applications Due: TBD

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How do I apply? 

 Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have at least 30 hours credit toward their degree. Graduate students may also apply. 

Who is the Program Director? 

Dr. Porter will lead the 2024 LSU at Cannes Program and teach the offered course. Dr. Porter has led four different student groups to this festival. He has also co-led the Magical Media Tour in the Manship School to England, Scotland, Wales and France and the LSU in Paris Program twice.

What do I get with the Cannes Student Pass?

The Cannes Student Pass includes the following: Opening and Closing Dinner Celebrations, Badges to the Cannes Lions Festival, all five awards shows, passes to the Cannes Fringe Festival activities, access to content sessions on the beach from corporate sponsors such as Meta, Spotify, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, etc, and access to exclusive winner content after the festival. This pass is included with your overall program cost of $4,000. The Manship School offers scholarship opportunities for study abroad. They can be found here.

What are my course offerings?

LSU Students in attendance will enroll in MC 4971: International Brand Cases, taught by Dr. Lance Porter. This course will count for 3 credit hours at LSU.

Are meals included? 

Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals while on this program, aside from the welcome and closing dinner celebration that is provided by the program. Meals are estimated at $30 a day, contingent on personal eating habits. The student residence is in the center of Cannes on Gambetta Square with numerous fresh food options. There is a farmers market each morning in the square as well as an excellent bakery in the front of the apartment building and a full-service grocery store next door.

Are transportation costs covered in the cost of the program? 

Students are responsible for international airfare (Typically around $1,300) and rail, bus, taxi costs while in the country (estimated total approximately $250). After the rail to and from the festival, Cannes is a walkable city, and students will be central to necessary areas. 

Accommodations & Program Logistics

Students will be staying in apartment-style rooms within walking distance to the festival. It's located at Place Du Marché Gambetta 9, Rue Jean Jaurès, Cannes City-Centre, Cannes, 06400, France.