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Université de Nice


Program Snapshot

Located on the French Riviera, Nice offers something for everyone. Whether you are interested in the beaches of the Cote d'Azur, the snow of the Alpes-Maritimes, the archeological ruins of the old city considered to be one of the oldest human settlements in the world, or the well known art museums, students will have plenty to explore. Cannes, Monte-Carlo and Italy are just 20 miles away. The local international airport offers low-cost fares for travel through out Europe. The Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis offers an array of courses taught in French on eight campuses. Students are required to have taken at least one French literature or advanced composition course.

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Nestled alongside the Baie Des Anges on the Mediterranean, Nice is dominated by its mountaintop observatory which overlooks all eight campuses of the university. Flanked by beaches and close to Alpine skiing areas, the city has fine museums, year-round arts festivals, opera, theaters. Nice is half an hour by train from Cannes and Monaco.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: September to May
Semester 1: September to January
Semester 2: January to May

Fast Facts
Nice, France (pop. 350,000)
Student Enrollment: 26,000
Language of instruction: French
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Full year or semester enrollment in regular university courses:

Faculty of Civilizations: history of ideas, architecture, arts, classics, communication, environmental law; area, regional & urban studies, Provencal studies, theater

Business and Economics: business administration, management, finance, marketing, economics

Law: International law & finance, environmental law, law of development

Letters and Humanities: applied foreign languages, archaeology, art history, classics, modern letters, English, ethnology, geography, German, history, Italian, linguistics, music, philosophy, psychology, Russian, sociology, Spanish

Physical Education

Sciences: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, electronics, mathematics, physiology, physics, structural & materials science

Technical Institute (undergraduate only): business administration & merchandising, computer science, electrical engineering

Courses taught in English
You can find Business courses offered in English here

Academic Notes

Students typically enroll in 4-6 classes per term which averages to15 hours in class per week. A term runs for 14 weeks.


Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations. Transcripts will be sent to ISEP in April for semester 1 students and September for semester 2 students.

Language Notes

Language Requirements: A minimum of 5-6 semesters of university-level French of its equivalent must be completed prior to program. Students should have taken at least one literature or advanced composition course.

Language Notes: A language course is offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year for 10-weeks for 90 mins a week. Students may take additional language and culture courses at the language institute for an additional fee for all levels.

Pre-session: A 4-week pre-session, intensive French language course is offered in both July and August for intermediate and advanced levels for an additional fee.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP French Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Special Academic Conditions
ISEP participants must have at least junior-level standing.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
All students studying in France must purchase French health insurance (la Sécu) upon arrival for approximately 215 euros in addition to purchasing ISEP Health Insurance prior to departure.

Hints for Researching Courses
Click on the link "Courses" above.

Housing and Meals
Students are housed in residence halls located on the different campuses as well as in other parts of the city. Each major campus center has its own restaurant-universitaire. A meal stipend is also provided. Apartment living arrangements are also possible. No married student housing is available, but students can opt for renting a private apartment and receive a housing stipend in the amount of 350 Euros per month.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at 150 euros. Students interested in having access to the sports facilities at the University must pay 30 Euros to enroll. For some sports, an additional fee will be charged.

Students will receive housing information and instructions on health insurance prior to arrival thorugh e-mail. Upon arrival, students will be introduced to the International Relations Staff. They will receive a briefing on the French style of education in addition to other administrative details including information on Social Security and medical assistance procedures, VISA procedures, administrative enrollment for courses, etc. Students may also be invited to a welcome lunch with the International Relations staff and ISEP coordinator.


Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet

Student Activities
Many student organizations exist in Nice proposing and organizing different activities. International students can easily find one that meets their interest. The ESN brings together international and French students for cultural exchange and social activities. Excursions to nearby locations are organized and you can visit Cannes, Monte Carlo, Italy, and many other interesting places... Students can also choose between numerous extra-curricular activities such as chorus, symphonic band, theater, dance, sports and so on. There are also a lot of cultural activities within the city of Nice: exhibitions, concerts, performances, and movies.

Université de Nice, a comprehensive university, was founded in 1639; it traces its origins to the distinguished 17th-century college of law that became the modern university's law faculty. Administrative and academic facilities include a computer center, general and subject-area libraries, language labs and audiovisual classrooms, and athletic facilities for swimming, tennis, gymnastics and skiing. Sophia Antipolis is the largest tech hub in France located 20 km from Nice. It is know as the French Silicon Valley. Frequent bus service connects the campuses. Total enrollment: 26,000.