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  • Nice, France

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Why Nice?

The idyllic lifestyle along the French Riviera makes traveling along the coastline one of life’s great pleasures, with Nice conveniently located between Cannes and Monaco. 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, and is where you’ll be taking your classes at SKEMA Business School.

What You'll Study

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 enroll in English-taught business 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.

Daily Life

The French Riviera will be your classroom. Involvement in the local community or SKEMA student clubs enrich your learning experiences and provides excellent opportunities for cultural integration.

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 time abroad. We want you to feel at home in France, so we do everything we can to help you integrate. Our housing options in Nice, about an hour from Sophia Antipolis, provide you with ways to meet and make new friends, while our cultural events familiarize you with the French Riviera.

$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 experiences abroad possible. That’s why we partner with SKEMA Business School.

About SKEMA Business School

Located in Sophia Antipolis, SKEMA Business School is a global business and research school for students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, and business programs. SKEMA is comprised of three knowledge economy themes: internationalization, sustainable performance, and entrepreneurship and innovation.

With high Financial Times rankings (6th in MSc Financial Markets & Investments and 25th in Master of Management worldwide), AACSB and EQUIS accreditation, SKEMA Business School gives international students the tools they need to be current in the competitive global market.

SKEMA’s Sophia Antipolis campus is home to approximately 1,920 students every year, 43% of whom are international. This campus is one of SKEMA’s six campuses worldwide, including France, China, Brazil, and the United States.

You take 15-19 credits per semester. Classes range from 1-4 credits, with most courses being 3 credits each.


  • CLICK here for a list of the 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.

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 directly 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.

On-Site Staff
As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, you have access to the IES Abroad Nice Center and 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. 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.

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.

Daily Life

Part of making you feel at home in the French Riviera 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. Following IES Abroad orientation, you begin a short orientation program at SKEMA Business School, where you will meet other students and learn about academics and student life.

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 France, 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
  • Tour of a perfumeries
  • Regional cooking classes
  • Kayaking
  • 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.

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
Laetitia Levasseur
Student Affairs and Program Coordinator