May 19-June 12, 2024
Contact the Program Director
The Nice and French Riviera (Cote d’Azur) program visits one of the most beautiful parts of the world in order to learn more about the history, language, culture, and marine habitats 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. The location also offers easy access to other cities such as Cannes, Monaco, and St. Tropez.
Participants spend three weeks exploring the rich heritage of one of the world’s most beautiful and diverse areas with excursions to Antibes, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Cagnes sur Mer, Monaco/Monte Carlo, and Beaulieu sur Mer. These excursions will offer participants the opportunity to visit historic sites, to go kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and whale watching. 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 and on marine biology, 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, and train stations.
View 2022 France Marine Biology blog!
Summer Courses You Will Take During Program
- 4 credit program - Registration for courses will begin in March.
- HUM107: Humanities Through the Arts (3 cr), [HU]
- Instructor: Dr. Mary Aldridge
- BIO149SV: Field Biology: Ecological and Environmental Field Experience (1cr)
- Instructor: Dr. Alex Cheroske
- REQUIRED predeparture online coursework: May 16-18, 2024
- Mandatory study abroad orientation on Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 9 am - 2 pm at MCC.
- Guided tour of Nice
- Excursion to Beaulieu sur Mer (Tempe Sister City)
- Excursion to Antibes including kayaking in Cap d' Antibes
- Excursion to Monaco and Musee Oceanographique
- Visits to Nice Museums: Musée Masséna, Musée Marc Chagall, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice
- Excursion to Villa Euphrussi de Rothschild
- Walking tour of Cagnes-sur-Mer estuary
- Whale watching and scuba/snorkeling near Villefranche-sur-Mer
In addition to our planned excursions, participants may also take part in optional activities such as excursions to Cannes, Corsica, and Italy.
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.
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.
- The currency used is the Euro (sign: €; code: EUR).
- Read more detailed cultural information on France provided by CultureGrams™.
France (2023). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.
- Diversity Abroad France Destination Guide
Estimated Program Costs & Deadlines
|Expense Type||Estimated Cost||Deadline|
Tuition: 4 credits
|Airfare (estimated cost)||$1,700||
Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program. Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.
Breakfast and dinners are included while living with your host family. Lunches are not included.
|$ 300||Not needed until you land in France!|
|TOTAL Estimated Costs||$5,629|
|Insurance for Participants 60+ Years of Age||$3.56 per day||The program fee includes secondary insurance for participants ages 18-59. There is an additional insurance charge of $3.56 per day for students 60 years and over.|
No textbook required
ETIAS travel authorisation (scheduled to go into effect in 2024)
Entry requirement for visa-exempt nationals travelling to any of these 30 European countries. Linked to a traveller’s passport, it is valid for up to three years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new ETIAS travel authorisation. Cost will be 7 euros which is estimated to be about $8.
Must have passport first!
Most applications are processed within minutes.
It is possible however that your application may take longer to process. If so, you will receive a decision within four days. Please note that this period could be extended by up to 14 days if you are requested to provide additional information or documentation, or up to 30 days if you are invited to an interview. This is why you should apply for an ETIAS travel authorisation well in advance of your planned journey.
|Passport||$165/130 (new/renewal)||Be sure to allow at least 14-18 weeks of processing time for first time applicants and renewals.
Visit the U.S. Department of State website for current fees and processing times.
Program Application Deadline
Space is limited. Apply early to reserve your place!
If program reaches full capacity, you will be put on a waitlist.