Gap Year in Nice, France

This sun-soaked, cultural gem of the French Riviera combines old-world grandeur and lively street life.

  • CLIMATE: Fall: 50-70 °F
    Winter: 45-55 °F
    Spring: 55-70 °F
  • CURRENCY: Euro

Wouldn't it be nice to learn French with sweeping views of gorgeous, sandy beaches?

We had to make at least one Nice joke. Meander through this city of bright colors and imagine painting with them just as former residents Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall did.

Nice has long attracted visitors who crave adventure, Provençal cuisine, and a slower pace of life. Your French skills will soar as you negotiate with market vendors, determine which trail to hike with new friends, and ask your neighbors for help when the wind carries your beach umbrella away.

Find your beach. What’s French for “I need to put on more sunscreen?” Take your classwork to the same beaches Europeans have flocked to for centuries.

Pick out some petals. A picturesque, pastel-lined road hosts the Cours Saleya Markets. Some days you can visit the flower market, other days the famous food market, and once a week, the flea market.

Visit your favorite artists. Both Matisse and Chagall lived in Nice and have museums with large collections of their work here.

Are you more of swimmer or a lay-out-with-a-great-book-and-relaxer?

Eat it all up at Gare du Sud. This converted railway station is now a fantastic food hall with cuisines from all over the world.

Hike up Colline du Château. Climb the winding staircases of Colline du Château to walk through a beautiful park, glimpse the best view of Nice’s rooftops, and look all the way through to the Alps.

Get lost in Vieux Nice. Dwarfed by Baroque architecture, you’ll have your pick of paintings, boutiques, and restaurants to see close up in the alleyways of Nice’s cultural capital.


Get to know EF Nice
  • Our Napoleonian-style language school building is light and airy with terraces and wide-open spaces.
  • You’ll be just a block walk from the Promenade de Anglais, rated one of the top 5 most beautiful beaches in the world.

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