Conveniently located between Cannes and Monaco, Nice is well-known for its breathtaking waterfront and idyllic lifestyle on the French Riviera. But did you know that Nice is also close to Sophia Antipolis, Europe’s well-known science park that houses more than 1,300 international companies in information and communications technology, biotechnology, and research? This park is also known as the French Silicon Valley.
This is your opportunity to live and learn alongside students from France and around the world by directly enrolling at SKEMA Business School. SKEMA’s state-of-the-art business campus is located in the heart of Sophia Antipolis, where you will directly enroll in your courses. SKEMA, which has AACSB and EQUIS accreditation, is consistently ranked as one of the best European business schools by the Financial Times annual ranking.
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.
The French Riviera will become your classroom. Involvement in the local community or SKEMA student clubs enrich your learning experiences and provide excellent opportunities for cultural integration. We want you to feel at home in France, so we do everything we can to help you integrate.
- Center: IES Abroad Nice
- City: Nice
- Country: France
- Program Credits: 15-19 per semester
- Language of Instruction: English
- Language Prerequisites: None
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Late-August to Mid-December
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. That is why we partnered with SKEMA Business School.
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 and business. 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 take 15-19 credits per semester. Classes range from 1-4 credits, with most courses being 3 credits each.
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 SKEMA, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.
As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at SKEMA, 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 France, it will feel like home.
Homestays (Nice) - Stay in a French home in Nice or its surroundings. You are provided breakfast daily and four evening meals a week.
Apartments (Nice) - 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.
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 SKEMA, 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 perfumeries
- Regional cooking classes
- Volunteer opportunities
University Clubs & Events
While you’re in France, getting involved in a social or sports club is a great way to meet local students. SKEMA offers more than 65 student associations, including arts and culture, environment, high tech, international, and sport clubs.
- 18 years of age
- In good standing at your home school
- 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 3.0 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.
- Tuition: $12,120
- Housing: $3,850
- Insurance: $230
- Total: $16,200
- 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.