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.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
All students are required to complete partner university exams before departure and depart IES Abroad housing the following day
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 Antipolisunice.fr/
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:
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):
Polytech Nice Sophiawww.polytechnice.fr
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 but a limited number of English courses are available in the upper division.
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. Full year students may be eligible to remain in France for the summer in a paid internship.
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.
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 apartments house other IES Abroad students. Washing machines are available and cleaning service will be arranged. No meals are provided.
Students interested in engineering courses will live in Antibes, a beautiful resort town just a 30-minute drive from Nice, where students on the SKEMA Direct Enrollment Program also live.
Part of making you feel at home in Nice is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.
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.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Nice through our cultural events, such as:
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.
Even though your adventure starts in Nice, our field trips and course-related excursions take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country and beyond. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Here are a few possible destinations:
2 Days | Fall & Spring
Walk through the medieval ramparts of Avignon and discover the vast historical treasures encircled within. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city center includes the Cathedral of Notre-Dame des Doms, the Pont d’Avignon, and the largest Gothic palace in the world, the Palais des Papes.
3 Days | Fall & Spring
Best known for being the ancestral home of Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica's outstanding geographical diversity ranges from historical coastal cities, fabulous beaches, breathtaking valleys, and much more.
2 Days | Fall & Spring
In Italy’s historic port city, you will be able to compare the experience of immigrants in Italy to their experience in France.
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Tour the second largest city in France and the biggest Mediterranean port. Discover the maritime heritage of this city in the vibrant Vieux Port (Old Port) and overlook the city from Notre Dame de la Garde.
Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.
About the Center
The IES Abroad Center is strategically located at IPAG Business School, located close to the heart of downtown Nice. Features include:
Maria Stallone has been working in study abroad for more than 14 years and has been the Center Director in Nice since 2015. Maria's formative years were international, with her family living and traveling between the United States and Europe. She first traveled to Asia in 1993 with the prestigious Rotary Foundation Fellowship. She completed her graduate work, achieving an award of Merit, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Her other academic distinctions include a diploma in Indian Classical Music and Hindi from Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi and, most recently, graduate work in Thai Studies at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Previously, she was the Center Director of our Delhi Center for four years. Maria speaks five languages and has been the recipient of several grants and scholarships promoting her interests and research.
IES Abroad Staff
Caitlin RichardsonProgram Assistant