There are many reasons why people from all over the world travel to Nice in the summer—the sunshine, the famous coastline, and lively arts scene. Nice is an ideal location on the Mediterranean, which is what also has attracted immigrants from a variety of countries and has made the region so wonderfully diverse.

Designed for students who are interested in learning about the growing diversity of France, the Mediterranean basin and Europe as a whole, our Multiculturalism study abroad program in Nice allows you to learn about the immigrant migration that has taken place over the years and enhance your cultural understanding. The program features a two-week excursion to Marseille and Morocco, where students will expand upon the materials of their area studies courses in actual field based study of these two important locations in France’s multicultural makeup.

Witness ethnic influences everywhere—see the Roman ruins on Nice’s Cimiez Hill, walk the Medieval cobblestone streets of Old Nice, visit the largest Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Western Europe, breathe the sea air on 2600 year old Port of Marseille, and taste regional Niçoise and Marseillaise fare, which is inspired by French, Spanish, North African, Arabic and Italian cuisines. When you study abroad in Nice’s Multiculturalism Summer Program, the region becomes your classroom!

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Nice
  • City: Nice
  • Country: France
  • Program Credits: 6 credits
  • Language of Instruction: French, English
  • 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.

Summer 2018

May 21-July 4

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

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Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore French language learning and area studies courses through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our professors from the Grandes Écoles (French elite schools) enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

While in Nice, you enroll in two courses for a total of 6 credits. Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following optional components:

  • French Intensive Language Courses are offered at the 100- and 200-level and take place during the first three weeks of the program.
  • IES Abroad Area Studies Courses take place for the full six-weeks. A two-week study tour to Marseille and Rabat, Morocco is an integral part of the area studies courses and takes place during the fourth and fifth week of the program. All students participate in the trip to Marseille and Rabat.
    • Cultural Studies
    • History
    • Political Science


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

Please note that IES Abroad reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment.


  • Syllabi for courses FR101 and FR102 are coming soon!

Cultural Studies

  • PO/CU 312 - Immigration and Multiculturalism in the Mediterranean from the 19th to 21st Century (Summer)


  • HS 210 - A Transnational History of the Mediterranean and Its European Connections, 18th-21st Centuries (Summer)

Political Science

  • PO/CU 312 - Immigration and Multiculturalism in the Mediterranean from the 19th to 21st Century (Summer)


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.

Apartments - While in Nice and Marseille, you will live in centrally-located studio residence apartments. Each unit has a private bathroom and equipped kitchenette. No meals are included.

Homestays - During the Rabat portion of the program, you will live with a Moroccan family and will be provided both breakfast and dinner.

Student Life


The program begins with a 3 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 program with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

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

  • Visits to local art and history museums
  • Community volunteer opportunities
  • Architectural tours

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs below 2.5 considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • No previous French language courses are required

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.

U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in France. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $5,290
  • Housing: $1,675
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $7,100

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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