Trip Planned for France During Cannes Film Festival

Penn State McKeesport will conduct an international trip from May 18 until May 26 to southern France that will take place during the Cannes International Film Festival.

Participants will stay in the city of Nice and take short train rides to the festival. Locations that are on the travel itinerary include the Van Gogh exhibit in Arles, the Picasso museum in Antibes and several other renowned art museums. Exploring quaint towns in Provence, a side trip to Monaco, along with other cultural activities, will provide members an opportunity to enjoy the Riviera beaches, breathe the scent of fresh lavender, play a game of boules, see the Lower Alps and Roman ruins and become immersed in the history of the medieval hilltop towns. This trip is open to all Penn State students, faculty and staff at all campuses. Students who wish to obtain course credit must participate in the trip. Anyone may join the trip without taking courses.

The cost to participate on this trip is between $1,390 and $1,665, depending on the size of the group and includes: airfare, hotels, continental breakfast, transportation between cities per the itinerary and entrance to four monuments and museums.

The French Riviera and Provence Experience takes the place of regular class meetings for the spring semester. Penn State students from all campuses may choose to earn academic credit for this travel experience by enrolling in one or two of the following courses:

-- Comparative Literature 153: "International Cultures Through Literature and Film," three credits.

-- Integrative Arts 100W: "Art of Southern France," three credits.

These classes will be open until January; they are designated as "closed" on the schedule only because students need the instructor's signature to enroll.

For information on the international trip, call the Academic Affairs department at (412) 675-9140.