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Nice Summer – Multiculturalism & Immigration in the Mediterranean

Why Nice?

There are many reasons why people from all over the world travel to Nice in the summer—the sunshine, the famous coastline, and lively arts scene. Nice is an ideal location on the French Riviera, which is what also has attracted immigrants from a variety of countries and has made the region so wonderfully diverse.

What You'll Study

Designed for students who are interested in learning about the growing diversity of France, the Mediterranean basin, and Europe as a whole, our Multiculturalism & Immigration in the Mediterranean Program allows you to deepen your understanding of the immigrant migration in the region across several centuries of history. The program features a two-week trip to Marseille, France, and Rabat and Tangiers in Morocco, where you will expand upon your area studies courses in actual field-based study of these highly diverse and multicultural regions of the Mediterranean basin.

Witness ethnic influences everywhere in Nice—see the Roman ruins on Cimiez Hill, walk the medieval cobblestone streets of Old Nice, visit the largest Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Western Europe, breathe the sea air on the 2,600 year-old Port of Marseille, and taste regional Niçoise and Marseillaise fare, which is inspired by French, Spanish, North African, Arabic, and Italian cuisines.

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 Scholarships & 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 scholarship and 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. We offer unique area studies courses that integrate an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our professors from the Grandes Écoles (French elite schools) enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

While in Nice, you enroll in two area studies courses for a total of 6 credits. Both courses will be taken at the IES Abroad Center and will continue during the course-related trips to France and Morocco.

  • IES Abroad Area Studies Courses take place for the full six-weeks. A two-week study tour to Marseille and Rabat, Morocco is an integral part of the area studies courses and takes place during the fourth and fifth week of the program. All students participate in the trip to Marseille and Rabat.
    • Cultural Studies
    • History
    • Political Science


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

Please note that IES Abroad reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment.

Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/CU 312 - Immigration and Multiculturalism in the Mediterranean from the 19th to 21st Century Summer English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS 210 - A Transnational History of the Mediterranean and Its European Connections, 18th-21st Centuries Fall, Spring, Summer English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/CU 312 - Immigration and Multiculturalism in the Mediterranean from the 19th to 21st Century Summer English 3

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Nice, our course-related trip takes you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country and beyond. The cost for this trip is included in the program fee.

Marseille & Rabat
2 Weeks | Summer
While in Marseille you will live in the center of the city within walking distance to the colorful Vieux Port, where ships have docked for more than 26 centuries. Regular class time will be supplemented with course-related trips such as the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, the Aubagne headquarters of the French Foreign Legion and historical tours of the city.

From Marseille, you will travel to Rabat, Morocco, a city that boasts a cosmopolitan mix of European Modernism and North African and Islamic tradition. Rabat is an ideal place to learn about the languages, cultures, and religions of North Africa within the francophone world. During your time in Rabat, you will live with a Moroccan homestay family to experience first-hand the culture, traditions and cuisine of this colorful city.

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 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. This is just one of the things we’re known for.


The program begins with a 3-day 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. You will also have time to partake in refresher language sessions, which will be offered at various levels.

CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the program with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.


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.

Apartments - While in Nice and Marseille, you will live in centrally-located apartments. No meals are included.

Homestays - During the Rabat portion of the program, you will live with a Moroccan family and will be provided both breakfast and dinner.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

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

  • Visits to local art and history museums
  • Community volunteer opportunities
  • Architectural tours

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: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019 $5,440 $1,725 $135 $7,300

Scholarships & Aid

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and 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