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.
- Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and partial board to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.
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.
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. Haverford credit can only be granted for grades of “C” or better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Semester / Year
- Semester I: Late August to mid-December or January*
- Semester II: Early January to late May
- Year: Late August to late May
- Semester I: February 5
- Semester II: October 5
- Year: February 5