Set upon the edge of the Mediterranean Sea on the glamorous French Riviera, Nice beckons with its mild climate and clear skies. Whether you’re strolling the narrow streets of Old Town or looking down from Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) at the sweeping panorama of this breathtaking city, Nice will enchant you. Enjoy all that Côte d'Azur has to offer while studying topics that are relevant to the Mediterranean coast, such as Sustainability and Immigration, improving your language skills (no experience required), and learning about business with other international students.

You will take your language and area studies courses at the IES Abroad Center and have the option of taking 6 credits of business at SKEMA, which is located in Sophia Antipolis and was named one of the best European business schools by the Financial Times.

Nice and the French Riviera will be your classroom. Imagine yourself visiting the Chagall and Matisse museums, enjoying a tasting at a local winery or cheese shop, or visiting Monaco for the day. Whether you’re an advanced French language student or a beginner, this program offers full immersion into the culture of Nice through course-related excursions, cultural activities, and conversation clubs.

We want you to feel at home in Nice, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the region. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Nice
  • City: Nice
  • Country: France
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester
  • Language of Instruction: English, French
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

Late-August to Mid-December

Spring 2019

Early January - Late April

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Spring 2019 - October 15, 2018


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the highest quality academics and cultural experience abroad possible. We offer unique courses that explore sustainability, immigration, history and politics of the region, French language, and more through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our professors from the Grandes Écoles (French elite schools) and course options at SKEMA enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. While in Nice, you take 15-19 credits per semester; all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • French language courses are worth 3-4 credits. These courses range from the 100- to the 400-level; French language course enrollment is required.
  • IES Abroad area studies courses are worth 3 credits and are offered at the IES Abroad Center in English in a wide range of disciplines.
  • SKEMA Business School courses are in English and you take these classes alongside local French and international students. A minimum of 6 credits is required by SKEMA in order to enroll in their courses.


This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.

Environmental Studies

GE/ES 310 - Global Risks, Regional Vulnerabilities and Sustainable Development Pathways in the Mediterranean Region (Fall, Spring)

French Language

  • FR 101 - French Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • FR 102 - French Language in Context: Novice Abroad II (Fall, Spring)
  • FR 301 - French Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • FR 441 - French Writing Skills Workshop: Emerging Competent Abroad (Fall, Spring)

Film Studies

  • FS 240 - A History of French Cinema (Fall, Spring)


  • GE/ES 310 - Global Risks, Regional Vulnerabilities and Sustainable Development Pathways in the Mediterranean Region (Fall, Spring)


  • HS 360 - France from the Old Regime to the End of Napoleon’s Empire (Spring, Fall)

International Business

  • MG/IB 371 - International and Intercultural Management (Fall, Spring)


  • MG/IB 371 - International and Intercultural Management (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

  • PO 370 - French Politics: Power, Actors and Issues in the 5th Republic (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/PO 380 - Immigration in the Mediterranean Basin (Fall, Spring)


  • SO/PO 380 - Immigration in the Mediterranean Basin (Fall, Spring)

Partner Institution(s) SKEMA Business School

Located in Sophia Antipolis, SKEMA (School of Knowledge Economy and Management) Business School is a global business and research school for students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, business, and STEM programs. SKEMA is comprised of three knowledge economy themes: internationalization, sustainable performance, and entrepreneurship and innovation. SKEMA is home to approximately 6,700 students every year, 35% of whom are international—more than 100 nationalities are represented on SKEMA’s campus. With high Financial Times rankings (6th in MSc Financial Markets & Investments and 25th in Master of Management worldwide), AACSB and EQUIS accreditation, SKEMA gives international students the tools they need to be current in the competitive global market.


You must take a minimum of 6 credits at SKEMA. Classes range from 1-4 credits, with most courses being 3 credits each.

Course-Related Excursions

Course-related excursions are organized as an integral part of the IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of French culture and society. Participation is based on course registration. Students not enrolled in these classes may participate, on a space available basis, for an additional fee. Possible course-related excursions are listed below:


In France’s second largest city and the biggest Mediterranean port, you will study the immigrant experience in France as well as the maritime heritage of this city in the vibrant Vieux Port (Old Port).


Visit the historic village of Sospel, tucked away in the mountains along the French-Italian border. Students harvest local olive crops, which are sent to the mill to create oil.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Nice, it will feel like home.

Homestays - Stay in a French home in Nice or its surroundings. You are provided breakfast daily and four evening meals a week.

Apartments - A limited number of placements in apartments are available throughout the city. The fully-equipped apartment houses other IES Abroad students. Washing machines are available in or near the building. No meals are provided in this housing option.

Student Life


IES Abroad Orientation The program begins with a three-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Nice staff, your fellow students, and the city and culture of Nice. The orientation covers important topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety. CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home. University Orientation You will also tour the SKEMA campus so that you can become acquainted with the school, its options and services, should you decide to ake a portion of your courses at SKEMA.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Nice through our cultural events, such as:

  • Visits to local art museums
  • Tours of perfumeries
  • Regional cooking classes
  • Kayaking
  • Volunteer opportunities

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. A student visa is required to enter France. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy; please contact us for more information.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $12,120
  • Housing: $3,850
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $16,200

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $21,805
  • Housing: $7,700
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $29,960

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • French
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