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Gap Year in Nice, France

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

EF Gap program in Nice, France

    Fall: 50-70 °F

    Winter: 45-55 °F

    Spring: 55-70 °F





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.

Nice, France beach on a gap year

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.

Flower market in Nice, France

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.

Main square in Nice, France

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

Nice, France beach on a gap year

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

Market in Nice, France on a gap program

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.

Nice, France gap year programs

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.

Old Town of Nice on a gap year

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.

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