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Study in Nice, France

Population: 338,620

City Overview

There’s a reason that Nice has the nickname Nice la Belle, which means Nice the Beautiful – it’s because you won’t find a much nicer place to study a graduate program.

Located in the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice locals enjoy 300 days of sunshine every year. It is the second largest city in the region after Marseille, and with its combination of city and beach living is a top French holiday destination.

As one of the oldest settlements in Europe the city has a long and interesting history which is backed up by a strong cultural tradition of museums, a national theatre, opera house, concert halls and casinos.

Education profile

There are several options to undertake graduate study in Nice. The city is home to two universities, the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie.

Founded in 1965 University of Nice Sophia Antipolis is made up of 8 faculties, 2 autonomous institutes and an engineering school offering a range of postgraduate options.

The Université Pierre et Marie Curie is the largest scientific and medical complex in France, undertaking world-class research in many fields. It is highly prestigious with many university rankings regularly putting them at first place and it has often been ranked amongst the best universities in the world.

The city is also home to grandes écoles (literally in French "higher schools") which are higher education institutions in France that are outside the university framework and other schools offering postgraduate programs. These schools are:

Immigration and visas

If you are looking to study for a postgraduate degree in Nice and are an EU citizen you will be accepted onto a graduate program provided you fulfil the following:
  • Are studying in Nice for more than three months.
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution.
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate program in France for its duration.
  • Have health insurance cover.
Non-EU students will need to apply for an extended-stay student visa, with residency permit (VLS-TS).

When a VLS-TS visa is issued, students will be given an official form that they must present to the French office of immigration and integration (OFII)

A VLS-TS holder must, upon arriving in France, send to the OFII by registered mail (return receipt requested):
  • The official form received from the consulate that issued the visa.
  • A copy of passport pages showing the visa holders identity and the stamp indicating entry into France (or into the Schengen area).
You can find out more about visas at Campus France -

Life in Nice

Life in Nice is liberal and lively, like many major European cities. There is much in terms of excitement and nightlife for students wanting to study a graduate program in the city.

The city is laid-back and open, with a highly tolerant society. In fact there are many places (especially in the old city) which are classed as ‘gay-friendly’. 300 days of sunshine certainly plays a part in Nice’s happy and relaxed way of life.

You can spend the day on the beach, or shopping in the city’s great shops and boutiques before enjoying a fine array of bars, restaurants and clubs in the evening.

Nice is famed for its food and has many local dishes and specialities including a local tart made of onions and anchovies (or anchovy paste), named "Pissaladière". They also have Socca a type of pancake made from chickpea flour.

Nice is easily accessible from all over Europe and the rest of the world being served by the third largest airport in France Nice Côte d'Azur Airport. The high speed TGV train connects Nice to Paris in less than 6 hours and Marseille in 2.5 hours.

Working In Nice

If you are a postgraduate student from inside the EU you are entitled work in Nice provided the institution you are enrolled at provides access to the student social security scheme.

For other foreign students, since 2007 the student residence card has replaced the need to get temporary authorisation to work in France. Foreign students can also work up to 60% of the statutory annual work time, the equivalent of a maximum of 964 hours per year. 


Generally student accommodation in France is considered expensive.

There are two main types of accommodation while studying:
  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
University accommodation is in very short supply, so most students end up living in private accommodation. The number of private student residences is on the increase, making it easier to find student accommodation in France.

CNOUS CROUS (the student social support service) and is usually reserved for government scholarship holders.

Campus France can help you with problems you might have with student housing in France, such as locating and reserving accommodation except for places in Paris.

Weather and Climate

Nice enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winders and hot, mostly dry summers. The coldest months are December, January and February with July and August being the hottest.

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