Do you have advanced French language skills? Check. Are you interested in living and learning in a beautiful coastal city, where blue skies meet the glistening blue Mediterranean Sea, and you can enjoy French culture at its finest? Check. Want to study Humanities, Political Science, Science or Engineering alongside international and local students while learning entirely in French? Check. Then pack your bags and head to Nice, where you’ll directly enroll at Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS).

Since 1965, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis has become a prestigious training and research university. UNS currently enrolls more than 26,000 students (approximately 5,000 of those are international students). You will enroll in French-taught Liberal Arts and Sciences courses at UNS.

When you’re not attending French language or area studies classes, get involved in the University’s many clubs, sports, and activities through their Student Network as a way to immerse yourself in the culture and get to know local and international students.

Students interested in engineering courses will attend classes at Polytech Nice Sophia, located in Sophia Antipolis, known internationally as the French Silicon Valley. While abroad, IES Abroad Nice is dedicated to enhancing your study abroad experience with superior services and opportunities to fully experience life in the French Riviera. Our staff in Nice helps you make the most of your experience abroad.

Nice and the French Riviera will become your classroom. Involvement in the local community enriches your learning experiences and provides excellent opportunities for cultural integration.

We want you to feel at home in France, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Nice. Our housing options in and around Nice provide you with ways to meet and make new friends, while our cultural events familiarize you with Nice and the French Riviera.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Nice
  • City: Nice
  • Country: France
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Language Prerequisites: 6 semesters

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 - Early May

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - October 15, 2018


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible–which included the highest quality academics and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with Université Nice Sophia Antipolis.

Université Nice Sophia Antipolis

Founded in 1965, the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis is a public university located in the city of Nice and its surrounding neighborhoods. UNS consists of nine training and research units, two institutes, and two schools. While in Nice, you take 15-19 credits per semester. Students who directly enroll at UNS will take courses in the following areas:

  • Faculty of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences: Applied Foreign Languages, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, Modern Letters, English, Ethnology, Geography, German, History, Italian, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Russian, Sociology, Spanish
  • Faculty of Political Science: Political Science only
  • Faculty of Sciences: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Electronics, Mathematics, Physiology, Physics, Structural & Materials Science
  • Polytech (Engineering School in Sophia Antipolis): Buildings, Electronics, Electronics & Industrial Computer Science, Biological Engineering, Water Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Modeling & Computer Science

Academic life at UNS involves a range of instructional styles (lectures, seminars, tutorials) as well as assessment methods (exams, essays, projects.). Bear in mind that certain courses may have prerequisites and all courses are taught in French. Some courses of special interest include (courses change from term to term):

  • Balzac, the Bible & French Literature
  • Biodiversity
  • The Classical Period of Cinema
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Contemporary Art
  • Ecology
  • European Economics
  • Geography of France
  • Great French Texts of the 19th & 20th Centuries
  • History of European & International Economic Institutions
  • Marine Biology
  • Medieval History
  • Migrations, Exiles & Diasporas
  • Social History
  • Pascal
  • Urbanism & Urban Politics

Polytech Nice Sophia

The Engineering school Polytech Nice Sophia Antipolis is located in the Sophia Antipolis Research Park and is known as a Grande École d’Ingenieur Française. Strong French language skills are required for students interested in enrolling at the Polytech. Students in their fourth year have the option to participate in a special project with a group of French and international students for a French corporation.


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

French Language

FR 441 - French Writing Skills Workshop: Emerging Competent Abroad (Fall, Spring)

Advising & Support

In a direct enrollment program, you are enrolled as a full-time student at one of our international partner institutions. Even though your local host institution is where you’ll take your classes, we’re still here to fully support you.


Choosing and enrolling in courses abroad can be confusing and overwhelming—we offer you predeparture advising that’s specific to your needs. Our goal is to provide support and guidance throughout your application and enrollment process. But our advising services don’t stop there. While you’re in Nice, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.

On-Site Staff

As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, you have access to on-site IES Abroad staff who are specifically dedicated to your needs. Our on-site staff work with you and your local institution to answer any questions about academic requirements, housing, or well-being and safety.


Our support services for direct enrollment students are specifically designed to help you achieve your study abroad goals as effectively and smoothly as possible. We know studying abroad is an adventure, and, at times, you may need help or just someone to talk to—that’s why our staff is there for you.


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

Orientation The program begins with an 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. Following IES Abroad orientation, you begin a short orientation program at UNS, where you are introduced to other students and learn about academics and student life.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

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

  • Visits to local art museums
  • Tour of a perfumery
  • Regional cooking classes
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Day trip to surrounding villages

University Clubs & Events While you’re in France, getting involved in a social or sports club is a great way to meet local students. While studying at the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, you can participate in any of the University’s student organizations, activities, and cultural exchanges.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • 6 semesters of college-level French

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.

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