Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Mary Aldridge

English Department
P:  480-461-7361
Office: LA3 - 13


A valid passport is required to travel abroad.  Passport Info Here

Program Cancelled for 2019

The Nice and French Riviera (Cote d’Azur) program visits one of the most beautiful parts of the world in order to learn and practice conversational French as well as to learn more about the history, language and culture of this area that is bordered by the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean and the grandeur of the French Alps. 

The program’s home is Nice, the 5th largest city in France, and classes are held in a school in the Liberation-Borriglione quarter of the city, where participants can enjoy the Mediterranean sun between classes in the school’s garden.  Nice is home to the famous Promenade des Anglais, which runs along its famous pebbled beach as well as several open-air markets and unique buildings. 

Participants spend two weeks exploring the rich heritage of one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse areas with excursions to Cannes, Les Iles de Lerins, Antibes, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, and Beaulieu sur Mer. Students will also visit sites in Nice such as Villa Massena, Museé Marc Chagall, Musée Matisse, Musee Archeologique, and Vieille Ville (Old Town).

Because the course focuses on the humanities, no knowledge of French is necessary.  However, students will benefit from some short French lessons, taught by native speakers, that will help them converse in everyday situations in shops, restaurants, markets, train stations, and other everyday locations and activities. 

In addition to our planned excursions, participants may also take part in optional excursions to Eze, Ventimiglia, Italy, and Monaco, as well as in activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and hiking.

Did You Know?

  • Under the monarchy, the heir to the French throne was called le dauphin (the dolphin), in reference to his coat of arms.
  • Pets are very important in French culture, and pet dogs are allowed in public places like airports, malls, and many restaurants.
  • France attracts more tourists than any other country in the world.
  • The French population tends to resist foreign fast food because of concerns about genetically modified foods and globalization, which is seen as a threat to France's small farmers.
  • Currency used is the Euro (sign: ; code: EUR).
  • Read more detailed cultural information on France provided by CultureGrams™.
    France (2017). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.

Course Offered (3 credit program)

HUM107: Humanities Through the Arts (3 cr), [HU]

Program Excursions

Nice Program Details

  • Benefit from a French language immersion experience while studying the culture of Nice and the French Riviera.  No previous French language skills are required.
  • Homestays are provided with local families that include daily breakfast and dinner.

Estimated Program Costs

Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

Program Fee
Includes homestay lodging, academic facilities, cultural excursions, in-country ground transportation, daily breakfast and dinner while living with your host family, and secondary medical insurance.

$ Program Fee Due: March 22, 2019

Registration Fee

In-state: $85 per credit hour
Out-of-state: $205 per credit hour



Registration for Summer term begins in March.  Register prior to TBA

Tuition Due: Upon registration for course.

For payment options, visit:

Airfare (estimated cost) $

Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program. Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.


Breakfast and dinners are included while living with your host family.  Lunches are not included.

$ Not needed until you land in France!
TOTAL Estimated Costs $  
No textbook required
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your return to the USA.
$ 145/110 (new/renewal)
Be sure to allow at least 6 weeks of processing time for first time applicants and renewals.
Visit the U.S. Department of State Students Abroad website for current fees and processing times.

Passport Information Available Here

Dates to Remember

Title Date(s) More Information

General Information Sessions

Southern & Dobson

TUESDAYS: 1:30-2:15 pm

February 13, 2018

Enrollment Center EC115A (Building 39)

WEDNESDAYS: 6-6:45 pm

February 14, 2018

Room 608 AB in Building 38 (Use Compliance Services entrance at the south side of Bldg 38.)

Financial Aid Workshops at Southern & Dobson
2:15-3:15 pm following Tuesday Info Sessions
12:45-1:45 following Wednesday Info Sessions

Financial Aid FAQS
For financial aid information, contact Juan Carlos Sanchez at 480.461.7312 or at

Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2018 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2017. For information,  contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative.  Space is limited so apply early!

General Information Sessions

Red Mountain

MONDAYS 12:30-1:15 pm

February 12, 2018

Student Life Conference Room M214 (Mesquite Building)

THURSDAYS 1:45-2:30 PM

February 15, 2018

Student Life Conference Room M214 (Mesquite Building)

Financial Aid Workshops at Red Mountain
11:45 am-12:30 pm following Monday Info Sessions
1:15 pm-2 pm following Thursday Info Sessions

Financial Aid FAQS
For study abroad financial aid information at Red Mountain, contact Tori Stanton at 480.654.7760 or at

Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2018 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2017. For information,  contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative.  Space is limited so apply early!

International Education

Friday, February 15, 2019
11:59 pm MST

Maximum Award: $1,000

Get information on financial aid, grants, and scholarships for study abroad here.

Study Abroad Scholarship Application for France

Student must be accepted into a program and make a confirmation deposit (refundable until March 22, 2019) PRIOR to applying for a scholarship.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Must be a Pell Grant recipient!

Students apply through the college they are receiving financial aid from.

Early Summer Application Deadline
2nd Tues. in October
(awards announced in February)
11:59 PM CST

Summer Application Deadline
March 5, 2019 (awards announced in April)
11:59 PM CST

Maximum Award: $5,000

MCC Honors Program
Study Abroad Scholarship

Friday, February 15, 2019

Maximum Award: $500

Must be in the Mesa Community College Honors Program.
Awards announced in March.
Applications are due by February 15, 2019 to the Honors Office.  For more information, call 480.461.7143.

Program Application Deadline

Thursday, March 22, 2019

Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Complete online program application.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Space is limited, so apply early to reserve your place! 

Payment Deadlines

Friday, March 22, 2019

Program Fee Deadline: March 22, 2019

Tuition Deadline: 35 days prior to course start date
(Registration begins in March.)

Cashier Services

Mandatory Orientation

Saturday, April 6, 2019

9 am - 2 pm

Room LB145 in the Elsner Library
Southern & Dobson campus

You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation!
There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.