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Science & Engineering
Spring 2024 Semester French Riviera

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About the Program

Take core courses for your science or engineering major or general electives in math, sciences, and humanities. You’ll attend class with French, European, and North American students at one of France’s leading schools in Europe's very own "Silicon Valley". Here, you'll have an extraordinary opportunity to study hard sciences—such as chemistry, biology, and physics— as well as courses in computer science and artificial intelligence or chemical, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering, all taught in English. Most courses are geared toward first- or second-year students to provide a solid foundation in science and engineering. Supplement your studies with business, and communication courses, as well as general education courses such as humanities and psychology. While not required, you're encouraged to study French language, offered at all levels.


  • Overview
  • Location:
  • French Riviera
  • Dates:
  • 1/3/24 - 4/20/24
  • Price:
  • $18,795
  • Credits:
  • 12 - 16
  • Deadlines
  • Apply by:
  • 9/28/23
  • Withdraw by:
  • 10/26/23
  • Application Requirements
  • $95 Online Application Fee
  • Transcript - Official
  • Complete Application
  • Eligibility
  • Minimum GPA:
  • 2.5
  • Education
  • High School Graduate
  • Foreign Language Proficiency:
  • All Levels
  • Course Prerequisites:
  • Some courses may have prerequisites.

Renowned as one of Europe’s most prestigious business schools, the SKEMA Business School offers courses taught in English and courses accredited by AACSB. You’ll attend classes with French and other international students at this small, private university.

When you study abroad in the French Riviera, you can choose standard CEA housing—in an apartment or homestay—or arrange your own independent housing. CEA housing assignments are based on availability and confirmation date; we make every effort to match your housing requests, but we can’t guarantee housing preferences.

Program Structure

Choose from a wide range of courses and earn up to 16 credits (up to 240 contact hours). Courses each meet for 15-60 contact hours/1-4 credits. Classes meet Monday-Friday.

Before you leave for France, you'll pre-select courses directly through a SKEMA online course registration form. You’ll receive your class schedule during on-site orientation; you may make changes during a two-week add/drop period. If you're taking a French language course, you'll take a language placement exam on-site. SKEMA reserves the right to make changes to course lists, course times and pre-selected courses right until the start of the semester.

It is in your best interest to have multiple alternative courses approved by your home university prior to your departure due to course availabilities. Please consult with your academic advisor at your home university on credit pre-approval guidelines.

Spring students may also apply for an optional, non-credit internship at the Cannes Film Festival. This résumé-building internship at one of the largest media events in the world takes place in mid-May and is a wonderful complement to your studies in France. A film or communications background is preferred, but students from other disciplines will be considered. Submit your application once you're on-site. Please note, internship placements are highly competitive.


The host institution has offered the following courses in the past. Please note that course listings may not be finalized until the start of the term; we’ll post an updated list when the host institution finalizes its offerings.

*Courses with an asterisk indicate that the course has been associated with multiple subject areas.
Please click on the course title to view additional subject areas and detailed course information.


Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered between two to three excursions and summer study students are typically offered between one to two excursions. You'll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we've offered in the past.

Monaco-Monte Carlo

Monaco-Monte Carlo

CEA staff will take you on a tour of this tiny independent state. Nestled between the French Alps and the Mediterranean, an impressive 30,000 people live on only .7 square miles, making Monaco-Monte Carlo the second smallest European state. We’ll take a spin around the Monaco Formula I Grand Prix circuit (by bus, of course) to see the famous Casino and Belle Epoque district, the opera house built by Charles Garnier, and the Hotel and Café de Paris. Next, we’ll drive high above the Mediterranean along the Moyenne Corniche to the medieval village of Eze, where you’ll discover exotic gardens and breathtaking views of the Riviera coast.

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Grasse, the perfume capital of the world since the Renaissance, is located high in the hills above the Mediterranean. This unique medieval site is recognized by the Caisse National des Monuments Historiques as a city of art. Surrounded by jasmine and roses, Grasse has retained its narrow winding streets, cobblestones, archways, medieval squares, and market places.

Today, three-quarters of the world’s essences are produced in Grasse, at chez Fragonard. Many designer perfumes, such as Chanel n°5, are still produced here. We’ll tour the Fragonard factory and observe the procedures involved in creating and producing perfume, followed by a visit to the "Musée International de la Parfumerie" where you’ll learn about 3000 years in the history of this extraordinary art. Finally, finish the day at the Fragonard factory shop, where you can browse a large selection of well-known perfumes at discount prices.

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Cannes & St. Marguerite Island

Cannes & St. Marguerite Island

In 1834 the Lord Chancellor of England, Lord Brougham, spent the night in a small fishing village en route to Nice. Since that fateful night, Cannes has been synonymous with glamour and glitz. The star of the French Riviera, Cannes is world-renowned for its International Film Festival, yachts, cruise ships, designer shopping, palatial hotels, belle époque architecture, and golden beaches.

We’ll explore the Tour de Mt. Chevalier. Located in the narrow winding streets of the old town known as "Le Suquet,” this fortress from the 11th century houses an amazing collection of archaeological and ethnographic exhibits in the Musée de la Castre. The tower and the 12th century Notre-Dame-de-l'Espérence church add a touch of medieval flavor to the town.

From the port of Cannes, we’ll take a boat to beautiful St. Marguerite Island, known for its crystal clear water and untouched nature. Also included: a visit to the fortress where the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask was held prisoner.

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St. Tropez

St. Tropez

St. Tropez, a.k.a. the Riviera’s most glitzy destination, became popular in the 1950s when movie stars, artists, and writers fell under the spell of this quaint Mediterranean fishing port. With the arrival of Brigitte Bardot in the 60s, the myth was installed for good. We’ll travel along the scenic Esterel Mountains to the beautiful bay of St. Tropez. Today, visitors to this lovely town still love to stroll through the market and sit in outdoor cafés hoping to catch a glimpse of celebrities like Brad Pitt or George Clooney. For the art lovers, a visit the Annonciade Museum is also included where you can admire works of Matisse, Signac, Braque and other famous French Riviera artists.

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Sample Budget

This budget contains costs that you can take to your financial aid office. Please note that amounts may fluctuate; we’ve included a range of costs.

Federal law allows the use of financial aid to cover “reasonable” costs of study abroad including round-trip transportation, tuition and fees for the program, living costs, passport and visa fees, health insurance, and more.

Please note that all costs and charges listed below are subject to change without notice. With the exception of Program Price, all costs are estimates and may vary.

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Sample Calendar

Below is a tentative itinerary for your program. Please note, dates and events below may change without prior notification. Contact CEA CAPA before purchasing airline tickets.

You will receive a finalized itinerary once you arrive onsite.

Note: Additional cultural activities/excursions or required course-related activities may be incorporated into your final itinerary. You are advised not to make personal travel arrangements until you have the final dates.

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