Many great advances in civilization began in FranceGothic architecture, the code of chivalry, the Enlightenment, and the science of gastronomy among them. Until recently, French was the language of diplomacy and the lingua franca of educated people around the world. While France retains influence over its former colonies in Africa and Asia, it is a major force in the European Union.

Choose Nice for the opportunity to live and learn in an international metropolis, with strengths in research, business, technology, and innovation—all while enjoying what the rich culture, delicious cuisine, and beautiful climate that the French Riviera has to offer. Choose Paris for a wide-angle exposure to one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities and some world-class universities. Choose Nantes for full immersion into French culture. Choose Arles for a summer immersion experience in the south of France.