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Why Nice?

The glittering blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the friendly ding of the tram as it passes by, the taste of fresh seafood, the smell of fresh-cut flowers at the Old Town Market—Nice is a feast for your senses, and this majestic city will enchant you, welcome you, and always leave you wanting more.

Nice’s ideal location on the sea makes it a jewel in the Mediterranean region—one of the oldest trading regions in the world. (It’s often described as an area of mutual economic, social, and cultural exchange). It’s this rich history, as well as the city’s spectacular beauty, that has attracted immigrants from a variety of countries. Enjoy all that this wonderfully diverse city on the Côte d’Azur has to offer while studying Business, Sustainability, Immigration, and other issues unique to France and the Mediterranean region.

What You'll Study

You will take your area studies courses at the IES Abroad Center. You will also have the options of supplementing your IES Abroad courses with Business courses at the AACSB- and EQUIS-accredited SKEMA Business School, named one of the best European business schools by the Financial Times. The school is committed to promoting sustainability and corporate social responsibility, with more than 20% of their courses devoted to these principles. SKEMA is located in nearby Sophia Antipolis, a global research park known as the French Silicon Valley, and home to more than 1,300 high-tech companies and start-ups.

Nice and the French Riviera will be your classroom. Imagine yourself walking the medieval cobblestone streets of the Old Town, hiking the incredible biodiversity of the region, or visiting Monaco for the day. Whether you’re an advanced French language student or a beginner, this program offers full immersion into the culture of Nice through courserelated trips, cultural activities, and volunteer opportunities.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Nice, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the region. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.


Our mission is simple: to provide you with the highest quality academic and cultural experience abroad possible.

We offer unique courses that explore international business, liberal arts, French language, and more through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our professors from the Grandes Écoles (French elite schools) and course options at SKEMA Business School enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

While in Nice, you take 15-19 credits per semester. All courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • French language courses (required, 3 credits)
  • IES Abroad area studies courses (optional, 3 credits)
  • SKEMA Business School courses (optional, most are 3 credits)
  • Internship placement and seminar (optional, 3 credits)


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

To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.

Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU 221 - Dialogues on Difference Seminar Fall, Spring English 1
Environmental Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
GE/ES 310 - Global Risks, Regional Vulnerabilities and Sustainable Development Pathways in the Mediterranean Region Fall, Spring English 3
GE/ES 320 - Dangerous Liaisons: Cities and Water in the Mediterranean Fall, Spring English 3
French Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
FR 101 - French Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Fall, Spring French 4
FR 102 - French Language in Context: Novice Abroad II Fall, Spring French 4
FR 301 - French Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I Fall, Spring French 3
FR 441 - French Writing Skills Workshop: Emerging Competent Abroad Fall, Spring French 3
Film Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS 240 - A History of French Cinema Fall, Spring English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
GE/ES 310 - Global Risks, Regional Vulnerabilities and Sustainable Development Pathways in the Mediterranean Region Fall, Spring English 3
GE/ES 320 - Dangerous Liaisons: Cities and Water in the Mediterranean Fall, Spring English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS 210 - A Transnational History of the Mediterranean and Its European Connections, 18th-21st Centuries Fall, Spring English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
MG/IB 371 - International and Intercultural Management Fall, Spring English 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
MG/IB 371 - International and Intercultural Management Fall, Spring English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO 340 - Democratic Transition and Democratic Sustainability in the Mediterranean Fall, Spring English 3
PO 370 - French Politics: Power, Actors and Issues in the 5th Republic Fall, Spring English 3
SO/PO 380 - Immigration in the Mediterranean Basin Fall, Spring English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/PO 380 - Immigration in the Mediterranean Basin Fall, Spring English 3

Partner Institution(s)

SKEMA Business School

Located in Sophia Antipolis, SKEMA Business School has both AACSB and EQUIS accreditation. SKEMA is for students interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, business, sustainability, and internationalization. 

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.

Classes range from 1-4 credits, with most courses being 3 credits each.

CLICK here for a list of current SKEMA course offerings for FALL 2018. CLICK here for a list of the past SKEMA course offerings for SPRING 2018. 

CLICK here for a list of SKEMA course descriptions.


Interning while you study in Nice gives you a rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life, everyday culture of your host country
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school
  • Improve your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a 3-credit seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship.

Personalized Placements

Once you indicate your interest in an internship, we work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. We’ve placed students with a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If we don’t currently work with a business or organization in your field of interest, we will search for a placement that’s right for you.

Placement Examples

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—we are always seeking out new opportunities for our students.

  • Art & Culture
  • Business & Marketing
  • Environment & Sustainable Development
  • Immigration & Social Inclusion

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Nice, our field trips and course-related trips 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.

3 Days | Fall & Spring
Explore France’s second-largest city and the biggest Mediterranean port. With its diverse population, you’ll learn about the immigrant experience in France, as well as the maritime heritage of this old city’s picture-perfect Vieux Port (Old Port).

Coeur Riviera
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Explore the French Riviera between Nice and the Italian border, including forts, perched villages, and seaside resort towns.

Italian Border Towns
1 Day | Fall & Spring
Visit a few off-the-beaten-path Italian medieval villages, including Bussana Vecchia, Rocchetta Nervina, and Dolceacqua.

Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Trips

Course-related trips are organized as an integral part of the IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of French culture and society. Participation is based on course registration. Students not enrolled in these classes may participate (on a space available basis) for an additional cost. Possible course-related trips are listed below:

Visit the historic village of Sospel, tucked away in the mountains along the French-Italian border. You will have the opportunity to harvest the local olives that are sent to the mill to produce olive oil.

Ventimiglia is the first town across the border from France to Italy. The charming Riviera town is also a frontier of the immigration crisis. You will visit the Italian Red Cross and learn about their humanitarian relief efforts.

Daily Life

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.


IES Abroad Orientation

The program begins with a three-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Nice staff, your fellow students, and the city and culture of Nice.

Following IES Abroad orientation, students interested in SKEMA Business School courses will be given a tour of the SKEMA campus and an overview of SKEMA’s academic offerings.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.


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 - Apartments are available throughout the city. The fully equipped apartments house other IES Abroad students. Washing machines are available in or near the building. No meals are provided.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

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

  • Visits to local art museums
  • Tours of perfumeries
  • Regional cooking classes
  • Kayaking
  • Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Abroad

When you volunteer in Nice, you have the chance to make a difference in the local community while meeting new people and gaining a new perspective on the world. If you are passionate about volunteering abroad, just let the on-site staff know at the beginning of your term. Volunteer opportunities in Nice include:

  • Animal shelter
  • Charity shop
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Soup kitchen

Get to Know Your New City

Hit the Beach!

Soak up the sun, go for a swim, or just sit and gaze at the beautiful blue of the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll see why so many artists (Picasso, Dufy, Matisse, Renoir, Chagall) found inspiration here.

Appreciate the Art

Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse, two iconic 20th-century artists, both have museums dedicated to their works here.

Climb Castle Hill

Take an easy hike up Castle Hill for stunning views of the majestic coastline and the port. Pack a picnic or enjoy a sandwich and a perfect cappuccino at the charming café.

Enjoy Socca

Try this savory pancake made of chick peas in Cours Saleya, a market in the heart of the Old Town, amidst stands of colorful fresh flowers and produce.

Cycle the Cote D'Azur

Rent a Vélo Bleu (Blue Bike) and pedal down on the promenade to the adjoining fishing village of Villefranche-Sur-Mer, one of the most beautiful places on the French Riviera.

Program Cost

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.

Term: Spring 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $12,610 $4,010 $230 $16,850

Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018
Academic Year

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

The IES Abroad Center is strategically located in the heart of Nice and near public transportation. Features include:

  • High-speed Internet
  • Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Student Lounge & Resource Room
  • Printer access

Our Staff

Maria Stallone

Center Director

Maria Stallone has been working in study abroad for more than 18 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 SOAS University of 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

IES Abroad Staff
Renaud Vély
Student Affairs and Program Coordinator