Conveniently located between Cannes and Monaco, Nice is well-known for its breathtaking waterfront and idyllic lifestyle on the French Riviera. 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.
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 directly enroll in business, engineering, and/or science courses while improving your skills with French language 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.
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 experience abroad.
The French Riviera will become your classroom. Involvement in the local community or SKEMA student clubs enrich your learning experiences and provide excellent opportunities for cultural integration. We want you to feel at home in France, so we do everything we can to help you integrate. Our housing options in Antibes, just 30 minutes from Sophia Antipolis, provide you with ways to meet and make new friends, while our cultural events familiarize you with the French Riviera.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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, business, engineering, and STEM programs. 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.
You take 15-19 credits per semester. Classes range from 1-4 credits, with most courses being 3 credits each.
SKEMA offers courses in various disciplines, which are grouped into the following categories:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Student apartments (Antibes) – Live in a student apartment with other IES Abroad students in Antibes, a beautiful resort town on the Riviera, 12 miles from Nice. The apartments feature fully-equipped kitchens and WiFi access. In Antibes, you can take the bus line 100 Express to the SKEMA campus. No meals are included.
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.
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. 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.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Nice through our cultural events, such as:
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.
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:
2 Days | Fall & Spring
Walk through the medieval ramparts of Avignon and discover the vast historical treasures encircled within. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city center includes the Cathedral of Notre-Dame des Doms, the Pont d’Avignon, and the largest Gothic palace in the world, the Palais des Papes.
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.
3 Days | Fall & Spring
Best known for being the ancestral home of Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica's outstanding geographical diversity ranges from historical coastal cities, fabulous beaches, breathtaking valleys and much more.
Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.
About the Center
The IES Abroad Center is strategically located at IPAG Business School, located close to the heart of downtown Nice. Features include:
Maria Stallone has been working in study abroad for more than 14 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 School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 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
Caitlin RichardsonProgram Assistant