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  • Locations: Nice, France; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: Abbey Road Programs 
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, French Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 1-first year, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Housing Options: Apartment (alone) Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Art, Art History, Culinary Arts, Culture, French, Literature, Photography
Program Type: study abroad
Program Description:
Nice France Study Abroad

Residential French Immersion 
French Studies in the Arts, Language, Literature and Culture

A spectacular coastline stretching from Nice to the small harbor town of Beaulieu-sur-Mer exemplifies the best of the French Riviera. The bay of Villefranche, the dramatic cliffs of Mount Boron and the forested peninsula of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat form what the locals call the "Golden Triangle."

Nice's famous Promenade des Anglais offers dazzling views of the Mediterranean, while the many outdoor cafés, restaurants, and boutiques of the vibrant Rue de France pedestrian street bring alive the café culture of Southern France. Students participating in this pre-college summer study abroad program will have the chance to experience a variety of communities and activities, while making new friends, traveling and having great fun! Advanced French students will benefit from intense language immersion, and have the opportunity to directly enroll in University courses for the chance to receive college credit. 

Our summer program in Nice is designed for high school students who are interested in French language, art, culture, literature and cuisine. You will experience the French way of life, while living in an apartment residence, shopping for groceries in local markets, preparing traditional French meals and having time to simply enjoy southern France.


All students are enrolled in the daily French Language course as their program major. The experiential nature of the course takes students out of the classroom and into the community thus allowing them to practice their French in real settings. Students are placed in the appropriate level upon arrival. In addition to their French Language major, students select one of the following options to serve as their tri-weekly elective. Advanced students may sign up for university courses when offered. University schedules and course options are made available during the spring by special request.
• Survey of French Literature (elective) 
• Digital Photography (elective)
• Studio Art: Drawing (elective)
• French Conversation (elective) 
• French Cinema (elective)
• French Pop Culture (elective)
• Université de Provence Course (major/elective)

French Conversation (Elective)
The goal of this course is to strengthen communicative competencies and vocabulary in the target language in a fun and relaxed environment. Exciting discussions on pop-culture, current events and history are geared toward the practical improvement of pronunciation, syntax and oral comprehension, while fostering a deeper understanding of contemporary French culture and civilization. All levels welcomed. 

French Pop Culture (Elective)
Study the key values underlying France's cultural identity from WWII to the present day. With particular emphasis on France's rapidly evolving society, the course covers a broad range of issues confronting contemporary French youth and their families. Emphasis on current events as reflected in the press and other media. All levels welcomed. 

French Cinema (Elective)
An integral part of France's artistic legacy, the cinema is an excellent way to intimately acquaint yourself with the French culture. During this survey course, classes are dedicated to film viewing, followed by discussions of thematic elements and their relationships to modern French society and culture. All levels welcomed. 

Survey of French Literature (Elective)
Considered an introduction to French literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, students will read selected\ works from key authors of the time followed by in-class discussion. Intermediate and advanced levels.

Digital Photography (Elective)
This course serves as an introduction to the basic principles and applications of digital photography as an artistic medium. Classes emphasize visual concepts, as well as basic image capture and camera functions. Important topics covered include the manipulation of camera settings, controls, lighting and exposure. No knowledge of French required. 

Studio Art: Drawing (Elective)
The wealth of sculpture and painting in Nice serves as inspiration, while students learn the basics of drawing, such as lighting, shading, dimensionality, movement and the human form. The course covers a variety of drawing techniques, ranging from the classical to the contemporary. Throughout the course, students work with a variety of materials and are encouraged to utilize their skills in capturing the essence of the city. No knowledge of French required. 

Throughout the program students have the option of participating in cultural workshops and seminars. Enrollment is optional and space is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Options include:
• Local Community Service Project
• Water Sports
• Art History and Architecture of Southern France
• Cardio Kickboxing
• Pre-College Seminar: Study Abroad in France


Abbey Road students and staff enjoy life together in the modern university apartments located right in the heart of the historic district of the French Riviera's most vibrant city, Nice. After an exciting day of group activities, students love coming home to their own private studio apartments to freshen up for the evening's adventures. Each studio is equipped with a kitchen, private bathroom, and Internet access.

Perfectly located, just steps away from Nice's picturesque Vieux Port, and an easy walk to lively markets and mouth-watering restaurants of Vieux Nice, this upscale residence provides an ideal home from which to explore all that makes Nice one of France's most stunning destinations.

Abbey Road's meal program is always a point of distinction: The students savor fresh French food from local markets, delight in group meals at Nice's gourmet restaurants, and learn French recipes as they cook and dine together with their roommates and staff.


Every week students explore French language and culture through their chosen major and elective courses and a never ending array of activities, events and weekend excursions. Just picture yourself jump starting the week by kayaking off the coast of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Test your knowledge of French from Monday's language and culture class by conversing in a real French café, showing the locals how it's done during Tuesday's beach volleyball tournament or trying your hand at French fashion during Wednesday's afternoon free-time. Take refuge from summer heat by sun bathing on the glamorous beaches of Cannes, Antibes or Beaulieu-sur-Mer and welcome the weekend with snorkeling or sailing beneath the rugged cliffs at Villefranche. The possibilities are endless, and we have not even mentioned the arts! Abbey Road students in Nice may see some of the world's most celebrated works of Western art during visits to the Musée Matisse, the Musée Picasso, the Musée Chagal, MAMAC and more. You may even have the opportunity to attend the world-famous Nice Jazz Festival, not to mention one of the many summer outdoor music festivals or dance performances.

Nice is literally surrounded by some of the most beautiful sites in France, and you can bet that Abbey Road students will spend many afternoons and weekends getting a good taste of nearly everything the French Riviera has to offer. Be prepared to wonder at Picasso's master works in incredible Antibes, bask in the opulence of Monte Carlo with its princely palace and its storied casino, keep watch for the stars around the Palais des festivals in the ever glamorous Cannes and experience the tranquil beauty of the Iles de Lerins. If that is not enough to inspire you, picture yourself in the youthful and vibrant center of Juan les Pins where, strolling the lovely streets of Villefranche- sur-Mer, or delighting in the atmosphere of the exclusives cafés of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. Prepare yourself for a journey back in time during our exploration of the medieval perched village of Saint Paul de Vence and be transported further still as we tantalize our senses at Fragonard Parfumerie located in the picturesque village of Èze. Who knows, we may even skip over the border into Italy for a visit to Ventimiglia's famous outdoor market...the possibilities are endless!

Group evening activity in Nice


No trip to France is complete without seeing Paris! At their program's end, French program participants have the option of spending 4 nights in this celebrated European capital, famous for art, music, fashion and cuisine. Students who choose to participate in the optional travel extension will explore every corner of the city. The itinerary balances guided museum and historical site visits with time for exploring Paris's famous neighborhoods and shopping centers. Site visits include the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Centre Pompidou, Notre Dame Cathedral and Eiffel Tower. Students will also have time to tour the River Seine and enjoy the famous café scene.


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