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Nice Direct Enrollment – Université Nice Sophia Antipolis

Why Nice?

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).

What You'll Study

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 them are international students). At UNS, you can take courses in a variety of areas, including Humanities, Liberal Arts, Political Science, and Science. Students interested in Engineering courses will attend classes at Polytech Nice Sophia, located in Sophia Antipolis, known internationally as the French Silicon Valley.

Daily Life

When you’re not attending class, 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.

While in France, 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.

Nice and the French Riviera will be your classroom. Involvement in the local community enriches your learning experiences and provides excellent opportunities for cultural integration. Imagine visiting world-renowned perfumeries and olive oil factories to see how local goods are made. Enjoy French cooking classes to learn how to make French favorites. Stroll around Old Town and practice your French with local merchants. It’s all part of the experience that fully immerses you in the Niçois way of life!

We want you to feel at home on the French Riviera, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Nice. From our housing in homestays and apartments to helping you navigate public transportation in and around the city, and organizing events where you will make new friends and learn about the region’s culture, our job is to make sure you thrive in your life abroad in Nice.

$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 best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. That is why we partnered with Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS).

While in Nice, you take 15-19 credits per semester. Courses range from 1-6 credits each. Students will also take FR441 French Writing Skills Workshop, which will provide additional linguistic support for your coursework at the University.

Université Nice Sophia Antipolis

Founded in 1965, 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. 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). Certain courses may have prerequisites, and all courses are taught in French.

Some courses of special interest include the following (courses change from term to term):

  • Balzac, the Bible & French Literature
  • Biodiversity
  • The Classical Period of Cinema
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Contemporary Art
  • Ecology
  • European Economics
  • Geography of France
  • Great French Texts of the 19th & 20th Centuries
  • History of European & International Economic Institutions
  • Marine Biology
  • Medieval History
  • Migrations, Exiles & Diasporas
  • Social History
  • Pascal
  • Urbanism & Urban Politics

Polytech Nice Sophia

The Engineering school Polytech Nice Sophia 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 for a French Corporation with a group of French and international students.


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.

French Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
FR 441 - French Writing Skills Workshop: Emerging Competent Abroad Fall, Spring French 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/PO 380 - Immigration in the Mediterranean Basin Fall, Spring English 3
Research Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
RE 496 - Field Research Seminar Fall, Spring English 4
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/PO 380 - Immigration in the Mediterranean Basin Fall, Spring English 3

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.

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.

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.


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
  • Tour of a perfumery
  • Regional cooking classes
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Day trip to surrounding villages

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.

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

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

Berit Wader

Interim Center Director

Berit holds a Master of International Business Law from the University of Rostock, Germany. She had her own law firm in Rostock for a few years before relocating to Nice, where, for the past four years, she has worked in customer service and training for Questel, a software manufacturer. Berit also teaches IES Abroad Nice’s Business Ethics course.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Staff
Laetitia Levasseur
Student Affairs and Program Coordinator