Program not offered in 2021 due to COVID-19

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, St. Tropez, and Ventimiglia, Italy.

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.

Courses Offered (4 credit program)

  • Online coursework required from TBA, prior to departure.

Program Excursions

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.
  • French is an important international language. It is an official language of the United Nations and is second only to English in use between nations for communication, business, and diplomacy.
  • Currency used is the Euro (sign: ; code: EUR).
  • Read more detailed cultural information on France provided by CultureGrams™.
    France (2020). CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest.

Estimated Program Costs & Deadlines

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.

How to Pay


Program Fee Due: March 20, 2020

$250 Confirmation Deposit Due (towards total program fee): upon acceptance

Confirmation deposit is non-refundable after the program fee payment deadline.

Registration Fee

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

How to Pay



Registration for Summer term begins in March.

Tuition Due: Monday, April 27, 2020

If not a current MCC student, you must admit yourself to MCC prior to registering for courses.

For payment options, visit:

For payment assistance, call 480.461.7400 or contact Cashier Services.

Airfare (estimated cost) $1,600

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 $4,754
No textbook required

Passport Info Here

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 website for current fees and processing times.
Program Application Deadline
Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Complete online application.
Applications are reviewed and approved on a rolling basis.

Space is limited. Apply early to reserve your place!

Scholarships and Funding Your Program

Title Date(s) More Information

International Education

1 application for 2 scholarships!

IE Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Does NOT require FAFSA
  • If you are receiving financial aid from another MCCCD college, please share your FAFSA with MCC (school code 001077) two weeks prior to scholarship deadline.
  • Maximum Award: $1,000

Maricopa Grant

  • Requires 2019-20 FAFSA
  • Maximum Award: Tuition for classes
  • England/France/Scotland program excluded

Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
11:59 pm MST

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

PRIOR to applying for a scholarship, student must:

  • Be accepted into the program you are a applying for a scholarship to
  • Pay the program deposit of $250 online, at Cashier Services, or by calling 480.461.7400.

2020 Nice, France Study Abroad Scholarship Application:

Global Ties Arizona Study Abroad Scholarship

Deadline: October 1, 2019
5 pm MST
Award: $2,000

For students interested in international relations, diplomacy, international trade or any area of international business, Global Ties offers a $2,000 scholarship opportunity.


  • Demonstrate an interest in any of the following areas: international development, international relations, international trade, international economics, or international business
  • Completed at least 12 credit hours of college work
  • Maintained a 3.0 or better GPA (transcripts must be submitted)
  • Priority will be given to youth representing a minority or disadvantaged group in the community that meet all the qualifications as indicated by Global Ties.
  • Letters of recommendation (2 professors/instructors).
  • Submit a 1,500 – 2,000 word research essay on the following subject: How can citizen diplomacy lessen conflict among nations?

MCC Honors Program Scholarship

Up to $500 Award

Deadline: February 14, 2020

Submit to Honors Office

If you are a current MCC Honors Program student in good standing, you can apply for up to a $500 study abroad scholarship!

Honors Program Study Abroad Scholarship Application

Title Date(s) More Information

Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

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

Early Summer Application Deadline
1st Tues. of October (awards announced in February)

October 1, 2019
11:59 PM CST

Summer Application Deadline
1st Tues. of March (awards announced in April)
11:59 PM PST

Maximum Award: $5,000

  • Must be a Pell Grant recipient.  Students apply indicating the school they are receiving their Pell Grant funding from.
  • Applications are reviewed holistically, with consideration of the following selection criteria. View Gilman Presentation here!
  • Review Gilman Statement of Purpose Writing Tips.
  • Review Gilman Follow-on Service Project Writing Tips.
  • Watch videos of Gilman scholars abroad, alumni interviews, and tips from advisors and application reviewers on YouTube.
  • For essay writing tips, feel free to contact Jenna Parker, Gilman Alumni Ambassador (studied abroad in South Korea 2014), at
  • Note for Gilman application: For Program Administrator, select "Other" and indicate Mesa Community College
Gillman-McCain Scholarship

Deadline: March 3, 2020
11:59 PM PST

Maximum Award: $5,000

  • Must be a Title IV federal financial aid recipient.  Title IV funds include:
    • Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans
    • Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
    • Direct PLUS Loans
    • Federal Pell Grants
    • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOGs)
    • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Must be a child dependent of an active duty military service member.
  • Use the same Gilman application system as other Gilman Scholarship applicants.  Applicants will simply confirm that they are child dependent of an active duty military member of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard).
  • If a student is receiving a Federal Pell Grant and is also a child dependent of an active duty military member, then the student is eligible for both Gillman scholarships and will automatically be considered for both but eligible to receive only one. If they are selected for the Gilman-McCain Scholarship, then they will no longer be considered for the Gilman Scholarship.

Information Sessions & Mandatory Orientation

Title Date(s) More Information

General Information Sessions

Room AS196
(Building 4)

TUESDAYS: 1:30-2:15 pm

WEDNESDAYS: 12-12:45 pm

Financial Aid Workshops at Southern & Dobson
2:15-3 pm following Tuesday Info Sessions
12:45-1:30 pm following Wednesday Info Sessions

Financial Aid FAQS

For study abroad financial aid information, contact Adela Bob at 480.461.7436 or at

Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2020 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2020. For infomation, 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

Student Life Conference Room M214
(Mesquite Building)

MONDAYS 11-11:45 am

THURSDAYS 12:30-1:15 pm

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 2021 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2020. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative.  Space is limited so apply early!

Mandatory Orientation

Sat., April 10, 2021

9 am - 2 pm

Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the 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.