French Riviera

Study Abroad in French Riviera, France

French Riviera

At the crossroads of Provence, Italy, and the Alps lies the French Riviera, locally known as the Côte d’Azur. Over the centuries, artists, authors, musicians, and royalty, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Elton John, Queen Victoria to the Jolie-Pitts, have made this scenic Mediterranean destination their (vacation) home. Today, students from around the world join high-profile residents in the French Riviera, making it an ideal place to gain cross-cultural communication experience while honing French language skills. Immerse in French language and culture in Antibes at our partner university, the Centre International d'Antibes, or take science, engineering, and business courses in English at SKEMA Business School, located in Sophia Antipolis (a.k.a. Europe’s Silicon Valley). Whichever program you choose, internship, service learning, and volunteer opportunities are available to enrich your experience in this beautiful, vibrant destination.

About the Country


Study abroad in France and discover why this country is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. France is home to some of the most iconic monuments on the planet. In Paris alone, you can see Le Pantheon, L’Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the ultimate symbol of France, the Eiffel Tower. Stop at Le Pantheon, an 18th century Gothic cathedral turned mausoleum, to visit Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Marie Curie, Emile Zola, and other great French citizens buried there. Drive past L’Arc de Triomphe, a famous monument honoring French veterans killed in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, at the equally well-known Champs-Élysées avenue. The Notre Dame Cathedral, a 13th century architectural masterpiece and the inspiration for Victor Hugo’s Hunchback novel, welcomes you to admire its stained-glass windows and hear the ringing of its bells. Snap a photo of yourself with new friends next to the one-of-a-kind Eiffel Tower or better yet, climb to the top of it for a view of the French capital that can’t be beat. You can find just as much French history beyond Paris as in it. The extravagant Palace of Versailles, once the home of Queen Marie Antoinette, looks much the same as it did in the 18th century. Walk through its Hall of Mirrors and around the ever-beautiful gardens on the palace grounds, in the footsteps of French royalty. To go all the way back to ancient times, picnic on the riverbank next to the Pont du Gard Roman Aqueduct outside Avignon. Visit the beaches in Normandy where a decisive World War II battle took place.  

Kristin Kerr, Program Director, French Riviera & Berlin

Kristin's role is the day-to-day management of CEA's French Riviera and Berlin programs, including student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, program academics, student evaluations, health and safety, and office administration. More

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Fabulous French Riviera


Local Highlights

Great Outdoors

Enjoy the great outdoors when you study in the French Riviera, because swimming, kayaking, hiking and skiing are all within easy reach! For hiking, hop on a train to Le Trayas, where you’ll find direct access to the Esterel Mountains and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. For winter sports, catch an inexpensive bus to the skiing slopes in Auron or Isola 2000.

Marché Provençal

Stay healthy and make local produce the center of your meals when shopping at Antibes’ Marché Provençale fruit and vegetable market. Open six days a week, you’ll find fresh organic produce from Provençale farmers, as well as local specialties like pissaladière, onion pie garnished with anchovies and olives, and ratatouille, pan-fried vegetables in tomato sauce.

Cannes, Nice, and Monaco

Tap into the Riviera's electricity when you study in the region that hosts star-spectacled events like the Cannes Film Festival, Nice Carnival, and Monaco Grand Prix. There’s always something exciting going on in Antibes, but with Cannes, Nice, and Monaco only a short train ride away, you’ll find it hard to decide exactly which fabulous thing you should do today.

Le Dramont Beach

The beach of Le Dramont was the site of an amphibious landing by 20,000 U.S. 36th Texas Infantry Division troops in 1944, part of the Mediterranean D-Day assault. Here, you’ll find a U.S. landing craft on a square dedicated to Dwight D. Eisenhower. You’ll also see the Ile d’Or, a tiny island with a mock medieval tower; Tintin fans will recognize it the inspiration for Hergé’s The Black Island.

Ste. Marguerite Island

Board a ferry for the 20-minute ride to Ste. Marguerite Island, where you’ll be greeted by the fragrance of eucalyptus and pine. Make your way to Fort Royal, the former residence of “the Man in the Iron Mask” and now the Museum of the Sea. After exploring all the cultural attractions, you can snorkel in the crystalline sea before cracking open a picnic on one of the island’s many secluded beaches…a.k.a. the perfect day.

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Simron Heer, Fall 16 MOJO, French Riveira.

This program exceeded my expectations. The French Riviera is the perfect place to study abroad and CEA helped me make the best of the experience every step of the way.

Olivia Hosey
Belmont University,
Spring 2016, French Riviera, France
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