Bienvenue à Nice!
JYF is an advanced academic immersion study abroad program in Nice, France. Available as a semester (fall or spring) or academic year program, our aim is to provide opportunities for students to expand their international perspective, hone their French language skills, and live like a native while taking courses in their major within the French university system.
Students live with a host family, take courses at the University of Nice, may volunteer or intern in addition to their studies, and participate in cultural events and excursions organized by JYF. As an immersion program, all courses are taught in French and students are expected to maintain use of the language.
The program is small, which ensures each student will have access to individual academic support and attention from program staff in Nice.
JYF Nice is open to undergraduate students in good standing at any accredited U.S. institution of higher learning who meet the requirements in French. Sweet Briar JYF opened its Nice location in August 2010.
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Nice is a thriving, vibrant city situated between the coast of the French Riviera and the Alps in the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur region of southeast France. It is pedestrian friendly and intimate, yet also large enough to have many cultural events and a wide range of activities.
The warm weather along the Mediterranean Sea make Nice an ideal place to enjoy the outdoors. It is a city full of cafés, patios, and markets, as well as recreation such as the beach, tennis courts, and hiking in the nearby mountains.
Nice’s Greek and Roman roots have influenced the architecture and culture of the city, which is full of colorfully painted buildings, squares, fountains, and plentiful green spaces. The vibrant and colorful environs have long been a draw for the artistic community. Nice was a popular destination for painters like Chagall, Picasso, and Matisse, and continues to be a center for musicians, visual and performing artists. Nice is home to many theaters, the opera, ballet, philharmonic, and art museums.
Travel to and from Nice is convenient thanks to its airport and convenient downtown train station.
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JYF students are able to take courses in various subjects while studying in Nice. Each term JYF offers a seminar in Art History and a writing workshop exclusively for students on the program. In addition, students take courses at the University of Nice. A typical course load is 4-5 classes per semester and all courses are taught in French.
There are three campuses at the University of Nice where students may enroll and each houses several academic departments. The student’s individual goals and academic interests determine where they will take classes.
- Campus Valrose - Chemistry, Physics, Electronics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Life Science, Department of Earth, Environment & Space
- Campus St. Jean d’Angély - Economy and Management, Business Administration, Psychology, Sociology
- Campus Carlone - Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities, History, Philosophy, Modern Letters, Music workshops, Arts, Theater, Dance, Ethnology/Anthropology, Languages, Space and Culture, Geography
Students are registered as regular students at the University of Nice and do the same work as their French counterparts.
More information about academics and the University of Nice is available on the JYF Nice University Courses page.
*Extra-curricular and recreational courses in painting, sculture, drawing, photography, film, music and dance are also available at several private studios.
Internships & Volunteering
Get involved and gain international experience in your field! JYF provides the opportunity intern or volunteer in addition to your studies.
Volunteer in a classroom as a teacher’s assistant.
A limited amount of internships are available to students in Nice.
Excursions & Cultural Focus
Get to know Nice and the south of France!
Each semester JYF organizes a weekend trip and several local excursions to places of cultural interest. The group usually goes to Aix, Avignon (Provence), or to Paris for the weekend and on several day trips to nearby cities such as Monte Carlo, Cannes, St. Paul de Vence, Villefranche, Eze, St. Tropez, Beaulieu, Antibes, and St. Jean Cap Ferrat.
The Resident Coordinator in Nice also arranges and accompanies the group to cultural events each semester such as the opera, theater, museums, and to the Carnaval, the major springtime festival in Nice.
Fall semester and academic year students have orientation in the city of Tours with the students on the Paris program. During orientation students lice with host families in Tours and go on several excursions to castles in the Loire Valley.
For the best results in language improvement and cultural advantages, students will be lodged in selected French homes in Tours (fall and academic year orientation) and Nice, where they can hear and speak French and be exposed to French life and customs.
In Nice, students are placed with host families located in the busy city center or in quieter neighborhoods. All living locations are easily accessible by public transportation to the university campuses. Requests for independent arrangements must be made at the time of application or as soon as possible afterwards.
Host families usually accept students on a demi-pension basis (7 breakfasts and 6 dinners per week). Students are responsible for their own lunches. Room and board is provided until the end of semester or the day after the student’s last examination if later.
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