World Cinema and the European Film Festival
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Europe
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
The program begins in Milan, Italy for a one-night hotel stay to make arrival to Europe convenient. The group then transfers by bus from Milan to Locarno, Switzerland.
In Switzerland, in between class and attending the Locarno Film Festival, participants will stay in pleasant doubles with bathrooms at a youth hostel. The location is within easy walking access to all festival sites, as well as to the Roman archeological site the city transforms into a nighttime festival. After the festival, the group transfers by bus from Locarno to Cannes.
While in Cannes, participants will stay in student residences steps from the famous beaches of Cannes on the French Riviera.
Students arriving early or staying after the program will need to make their own housing arrangements.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
The program includes Welcome and Farewell dinners. Breakfast and most dinners are provided at the youth hostel in Locarno. All meals are provided at the student residence in Cannes. Participants are responsible for their own meals outside those provided by the program.
The program provides a full pass to the Locarno Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland. It’s an international festival, usually regarded as the most important between the Cannes festival in May and the Venice festival in September. Like those two festivals, it is in a very scenic location: Locarno is in the picturesque "lake region" of southern Switzerland/northern Italy, near Lakes Lugano and Como (where the original Bellagio is).
The program provides a walking and/or sightseeing tour in all three locations. Some previous excursions have included a visit to the Swiss Alps (to a mountain top), to Bellinzona (with 3-UN designated castles), and a ferry ride on Lake Maggiore.
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
From Lonely Planet:
"As you walk among the couture shops and palaces of La Croisette, the wealth and glamour of it all cannot fail to impress: admiring Ferraris and Porsches cruising by and celebrity spotting on the glitzy sunlounger-striped beaches and liner-sized yachts moored at the port are hot Cannes pastimes.
Whether Cannes' soul has managed to survive its celebrity-playground status is another question, but, there’s still enough natural beauty to make a trip worthwhile: the harbour, the bay, the clutch of islands off the coast and the old quarter, Le Suquet, all spring into life on a sunny day."
"Locarno is the capital of the Locarno district, located on the northern tip of Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore) in the Swiss canton of Ticino, close to Ascona at the foot of the Alps. It has a population of about 15,000 (60'000 for the urban area including Ascona). The official language of Locarno is Italian. It is the 74th biggest city in Switzerland by population and the 3rd biggest of the canton Ticino, after Lugano and Bellinzona. If Locarno sounds historically familiar, the Locarno Treaties were negotiated here in 1925.
Currency: Euro (EUR) and Swiss Francs (CHF)
Language Spoken: French and Italian
Each of the program’s locations have different climates and summer temperatures can vary. Bring clothes that can be layered for ease of comfort.
- New York Times Coverage – Switzerland
- U.S. Relations with Switzerland
- CIA World Fact Book Switzerland
- Wikitravel on Locarno, Switzerland
- Locarno Film Festival