Sweet Briar College in Nice

  • Location: Nice, France
  • Language of Instruction: French
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors


The capital of the French Riviera, Nice is the fifth largest city in France with a population of about 350,000. Nice is known for its beautiful beaches, seaside promenade, exquisite architecture, many museums (second only to Paris), and bustling street life. It has a Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures year round.

  • Requirements

    Students must have junior class standing by the start of the program. Students must have completed two years of pre-college French and two years of college-level French (or the equivalent), with at least one course in literature, language, or civilization beyond the intermediate level. It is preferred that students be enrolled in a French course the semester before they are expecting to study abroad. The Spring GPA requirement is higher than the Fall. Some exceptions are made based on French faculty recommendation. A course in French or European history is also recommended. French majors/ minors must take at least two of their courses in French at the University of Nice.

    Academic Credit

    Students normally take nine units for the year (one for the preliminary period in the fall and four each semester). A unit is a semester course. Students take four courses per semester. In the fall, the preliminary course is awarded 1 credit. In the spring semester, the preliminary course is very short, and is therefore, not awarded any credit. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


    Sweet Briar courses offered in French Language, French Literature, French Civilization, French Cinema, Art History, French Theater, and International Relations. Students are encouraged to take most of their courses at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.

    Course Highlights

    Anthropology, Art History, Arabic, Archaeology / Archeology, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chinese, Chemistry, Classics, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Dance, East Asian Studies, Economics, Fine Arts, French Literature, Geography, German, Greek, Growth and Structure of Cities, Hebrew, History, Instrumental Instruction (includes Voice), Italian, Linguistics, Literature,Math, Molecular Biology, Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Portugese, Psychology, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Theater

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad

  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: Fall: Intensive orientation program which includes language classes, methodology classes in Literature and Art History, and short cultural excursions takes place in Tours, so students should plan to fly into Paris for the Fall. Spring: very short orientation.

    Number of Students: An average of 5 students usual attend the SBC program each semester. Approximately 26,500 students attend the University of Nice SoVia Antipolis including 4,836 foreign students.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Homestay. Students received 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners a week with their host family. Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Field Trips: SBC arranges for day trips to Villefranche, Eze, Grasse, Beaulieu, Antibes, Cannes and Monte Carlo. Each semester there is a weekend excursion to Avignon, Marseille or Paris

    Internships: First offering in the spring of 2012. Subject to change. Students must have the approval of their Dean and a faculty sponsor on their home campus. One unit of credit (3 or 4 credit hours) is granted for the research paper, which accompanies the internship.


Semester I: *Some examinations must be taken in January. The program will pay for extended housing.

Program Notes: Students take regular courses with French students at the University of Nice SoVia Antipolis on three main campuses: Valrose (Sciences), Trotabas (Law, Economics, and Management), and Carlone (Letters, Arts and Humanities). The university also operates on secondary locations like the new Saint-Jean d’Angely campus and Villefranche-sur-Mer outside Nice.

Application Requirements for Recommendations
-You can ask your professors to mail their recommendations directly to Sweet Briar         OR
-Ask your professors to put their recommendations in a sealed envelope with their signature across the flap, and include these in your final application so you are mailing everything at once

Apply to Study Abroad!

  • Semester / Year
  • Semester I: Late August to mid-December or January*
  • Semester II: Early January to late May
  • Year: Late August to late May
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: February 5
  • Semester II: October 5
  • Year: February 5
Faculty Contact

Koffi Anyinefa

David Sedley