The clean fresh ocean breezes, soft lights, ‘belle epoch’ architecture and beautiful people make study abroad in Nice, France an educational experience in a relaxing, inspirational paradise. There are at least 101 reasons to study abroad in Nice, but here are just a few of the big ones.
Geography & Demographics
No matter how far you go, or where you have been, nobody can argue that the natural landscapes and architecture of Nice is among the loveliest in the world. Regardless of how much the city has grown, developed, or altered throughout history, Nice remains unchanged in its ability to captivate, inspire and charm. Over time, it has become a destination of diversity: perfect for a beach or family holiday, mountain or activity trip, culture visit, historical pilgrimage, or lavish shopping spree.
Food & Culture
Nice has had many titles and loyalties throughout history. It began with the Greeks, then moved along through the Romans, Moors, Sardinians, French, and Italians all trying to lay claim to this captivating place. With so many influences it is said that the Nicoise people wear the French nationality loosely, allowing for a creative independent streak that runs through the veins of this proud population. In 1517 an Italian cleric suggested that Nice was neither French nor Italian, and suggested that the city’s emblem should reinforce this sentiment: “An eagle with one foot raised, and not resting anywhere.”
The stunning buildings of “the beautiful era” construct the heart of this elite city. When they took form, they shaped Nice into one of the most glamorous cities that the world had ever seen, where international elite flocked to spend their vacations. A few notables who called Nice their home away from home: Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Coco Chanel — who ever boldly wore a deep golden tan in winter, shaping fashion yet again.
Things to Do
Nice Beach is a pebble beach, stretching for seven kilometers with the Promenade des Anglais running alongside it. Beach clubs with loungers, restaurants, beach volleyball courts, water sports, sandy playground areas, and more are all here. The Promenade is ideal for rollerblading, running, skateboarding, or cycling. If you want to explore the sea, you can rent a boat with some friends. This is the best way to get out onto the water and explore the beauty of the ocean. Don’t forget to bring snorkeling gear!
Nice has one of the longest running street carnivals in history. If you’re spending your spring semester abroad in Nice, prepare for outrageous fun. Originally starting and ending right before Lent, these days the street carnival goes for two full weeks! Light shows, flower battles, fireworks, street vendors, and more are all here. Another fantastic event is the Nice Jazz Festival during the summer months. These weeks are filled with stunning outdoor venues amid Roman ruins, where international musical superstars take the stage. The city of Nice is very concentrated, making it very easy to get around town.
Studying abroad in Nice is an adventure in itself, but its access to other beautiful parts of France and Europe shouldn’t be understated. Once you have explored all the nooks and crannies of this city, travel beyond the city limits. The French Riviera is very accessible by train. The rail runs along the seafront, giving passengers unlimited access to a large number of different stops along the ocean. Great places to visit are Cannes, Monaco, Antibes, the islands of Ventimiglia, and San Remo.