Study Abroad
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  • Nice, France
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 which 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. 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

We want you to feel at home in France, so we do everything we can to help you integrate. Our housing options in Nice, just 40-45 minutes from Sophia Antipolis, provide you with ways to meet and make new friends, while our cultural events familiarize you with the French Riviera.

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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 which 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. 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

We want you to feel at home in France, so we do everything we can to help you integrate. Our housing options in Nice, just 40-45 minutes from Sophia Antipolis, provide you with ways to meet and make new friends, while our cultural events familiarize you with the French Riviera.

$4 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 more than $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

Our mission is simple: to provide you with the highest quality academics and cultural experience abroad possible. That is why we partnered with SKEMA Business School.

SKEMA Business School

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

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.

Courses

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

Courses

CLICK here for a list of the current 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.

Advising

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 SKEMA, our staff is available to help you transition into your new home.

On-Site Staff

As an IES Abroad student directly enrolled at SKEMA, 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.

Support

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.

Field Trips & Events

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. Destinations in the past have included:

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.

Marseille
3 Days | Fall & Spring
In France’s second largest city and the biggest Mediterranean port, you will study issues of sustainable development, the immigrant experience in France, as well as the maritime heritage of this city in the vibrant Vieux Port (Old Port).

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.

Orientation

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 SKEMA, where you are introduced to other students and learn about academics and student life.

Housing

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 (Nice) - Stay in a French home in Nice or its surroundings. You are provided breakfast daily and four evening meals a week.

Apartments (Nice) - A limited number of placements in apartments are available throughout the city. The fully-equipped apartment houses other IES Abroad students. Washing machines are available in or near the building. No meals are provided in this housing option.

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 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $12,200 $3,880 $230 $16,310


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017
Academic Year
$11,960
$21,515
$3,800
$7,600
$230
$455
$15,990
$29,570

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 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 more than $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.