Summerfuel Summer Programs: Study Abroad Programs for High School Students


Experience the French language, culture, art and cuisine this summer in the heart of the Riviera.

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July 2*-27, 2014
*Group flight departs NY on July 1
Paris Extension, July 27-31
Program Fee:
$7,995 + airfare
Completing grades 9-12
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Since 1987, Summerfuel has offered high school students the unique opportunity to go beyond the classroom to experience France in its real-life context. The city of Nice—situated in the center of France’s fabulous Mediterranean coastline, the Côte d’Azur—is the site of Summerfuel’s French language program. Famous the world over as a cosmopolitan center of art, culture, cuisine, and exclusive summer resorts, Nice is the perfect setting for this unique learning experience.

The program stresses active learning, individualized instruction, and cultural enrichment. During your time in Nice, you’ll discover many unique opportunities to combine classroom study of the French language with experiences of day-to-day life in France, and enriching cultural immersion. Summerfuel in Nice is a rewarding program for teenagers that encourages exploration, develops independence, and provides a foundation for academic success and personal discovery.

Program Schedule

  • July 01 • Group Flight Departs NY
  • July 02 • Welcome to Nice!
  • July 03 • First Day of Classes
  • July 06 • Vence & St. Paul
  • July 07 • Rafting on the Var River
  • July 13 • Antibes & Cannes
  • July 14 • Porquerolles Island
  • July 20 • St. Tropez
  • July 21 • Monaco & Eze
  • July 26 • Final Dinner & Dance
  • July 27 • Depart Nice
  • July 27-31 • Paris Extension

French Language Study

Perfect your French language skills under the guidance of professors from the University in Nice in a dynamic learning environment. Enhance your knowledge of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and improve your listening and speaking skills!

Cultural Electives

Immerse yourself in French culture with one of our six afternoon elective courses: Art History, Digital Photography, Fashion Design, French Cinema, International Relations and Studio Art.

Nice Adventures

Summerfuel’s daily activities are designed to ensure you make the most of your time in Nice. Outdoor activities such as swimming, parasailing, paddle boarding and beach volleyball are complemented by cultural trips, including the Chagall Museum, Matisse Museum and the Nice Jazz Festival.

Exploring the Riviera

Each Saturday and Sunday, Summerfuel offers unforgettable excursions that allow students to experience the Côte d’Azur in all its diversity, from quaint medieval villages like Eze and St. Paul, to bustling resort towns, including Cannes, Monaco and St. Tropez.


This experience has changed me for the better. I have learned to be more independent, and how to not be afraid to speak up."

Nikki K., Greenwich, CT

Student Life
Life in a day

Every day in Nice is a combination of learning, exploration and fun

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Professors from the University of Nice instruct French language courses

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The beach is the center of the action for afternoon activities

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Students master the art of French cooking with the help of chef Jean Montagard

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Elective courses expand students’ knowledge of French arts and culture

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From Niçois dinners to barbeques, Summerfuel offers a range of dining options

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The evenings are reserved for outdoor concerts, food tastings, French films and more

Your Summer Home

Your summer home is the prestigious Lycée Masséna, located just steps from Nice’s lovely Vieille Ville, the imposing Place Masséna, and of course, beautiful beaches.


Every student will have a private room at Lycée Masséna, complete with its own shower and sink. Students rooms are cleaned on a daily basis, and sheets and towels are changed on a regular basis. Your Resident Advisor (RA) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay in Nice.


A dedicated team of porters staff the gated entrance to the Lycée to monitor the entrance, sign in visitors, assist with lost keys, answer questions, and provide first-aid response. Lycée Masséna is a gated community that is solely occupied by Summerfuel staff and students for the duration of the program.


You’ll have full access to the Lycée’s imposing campus, including athletic facilities, a dance studio, computer labs, musical practice spaces and a student lounge.


All meals are served in the Lycée’s on-site dining hall during the week, and on weekends the group dines out together on excursions. Students are provided with three meals a day for the duration of the program.


Nice offers students endless opportunities for cultural engagement and entertainment, just a short walk from our residence.

Promenade des Anglais

Nice’s famous seaside boulevard is the perfect place for a scenic stroll and first-class people watching.

Vieille Ville

Complete with winding cobblestone streets, charming cafés and bustling squares, the old town is the center of activity for Summerfuel in Nice.

Place Masséna

The heart of Nice’s new town, this recently renovated square boasts a stunning 19th century fountain and cutting-edge art installations.

Rue de France

This pedestrian zone is lined with countless boutiques and restaurants, and is home to an impressive array of street performers during the summer months.

Cours Saleya

The Vieille Ville’s open-air market features fruits, vegetables and flowers on a daily basis, and antiques and ephemera once a week.

Opera Plage

This beach is the perfect place to bask in the Mediterranean sun and engage in a range of sports, including volleyball, parasailing, sea kayaking and snorkeling.

Nice Jazz Festival

This world-famous music festival attracts top talent, from jazz greats like B.B. King and Herbie Hancock, to rap and hip-hop stars like Kanye West and John Legend.

Matisse Museum

Situated amidst the Roman ruins of Cimiez, this museum boasts an excellent collection of Matisse’s drawings, paintings, collages and sculptures.

Chagall Museum

The artist himself was integral to the planning and design of this unique museum, including a scenic garden, stained glass windows, and a classic Chagall mosaic.


The centerpiece of Nice’s Promenade des Arts, this museum features seminal works by Niki de Saint Phalle, Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Le Chateau

The ruins of this 12th century chateau sit high on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, making it an ideal spot for an afternoon hike.

The Negresco

This hotel is a stunning example of Belle époque architecture, and is the perfect location for attending a formal afternoon tea.


Appreciating French poetry in a morning language class

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A lively class discussion about the latest French news headlines

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Digital Photography students document life in Nice

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Experiencing art first-hand at the Picasso Museum

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Taking a stab at abstraction in Studio Art

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Fashion Design students perfect their figure drawing

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Students in French Cooking prepare a tarte aux fruits

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Working on aural comprehension during French class

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Academic Director Michel Remy shares his enthusiasm for Surrealism

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Relaxing during a break from class

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Students in the scuba diving workshop take a breather

The academic program is composed of a three-hour French language course each weekday morning and a ninety-minute cultural elective course four afternoons each week. Upon arrival in Nice, students complete a comprehensive French language placement test and are placed into six different levels. No previous knowledge of French is required to attend Summerfuel in Nice.

French language classes are taught by native professors from the University of Nice Faculté des Lettres, and the curriculum combines classroom instruction, experiential learning and daily practice to develop proficiency for all levels of French. Afternoon cultural electives complement the morning language classes to offer a deeper insight into French culture. All students receive a Summerfuel transcript upon completing the program.

In addition to the morning and afternoon courses, Summerfuel offers optional workshops, which meet once or twice a week in the late afternoon. These workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and carry a supplemental fee.


Academically, my French has improved tremendously. My success in French this year reflects that so much. Also after one month in France, my accent has improved more than from years of French in America."

David N., Beverly Hills, CA


French Language Study

This class is taught at six levels of ability, ranging from absolute beginner to advanced French. The class integrates classroom lectures, audio materials, video presentations, workbook exercises, and a variety of texts from the French press to develop fluency in all aspects of the French language. Classes meet three hours each day, five days a week, for a total of eighteen days (51 classroom hours + 3 hours of placement testing). Classroom time is divided into the following areas: practical grammar, written comprehension and expression, vocabulary, and conversation.


Art History

The objective of this course is to provide students with the tools to understand and evaluate art across a variety of mediums. In this largely field-based course, Professor Michel Remy offers guided visits to local art institutions, including the Chagall Museum, the Matisse Museum, and the MAMAC, to illustrate the history of art from Impressionism through Surrealism.

Digital Photography

Nice provides an ideal setting for students to pursue their passion for photography and apply their own artistic touch in the digital darkroom. This course cover the fundamentals of compositions, use of manual features on a DLSR camera, and use of photo editing software to conceive and create images with beauty, purpose, intent and meaning.

Fashion Design

France and fashion make for a formidable pairing. In this course, students learn the essentials of sketching, figure drawing, creating an inspiration board, conceiving a collection and assembling a fashion portfolio. Students also visit local fashion boutiques and learn about the business side of the fashion industry from local professionals working in the field.

International Relations

In this course, students study current events relating to war and terrorism, diplomacy, refugee status, human rights, and aid for the developing world in order to think critically about the arguments made in international politics. Readings and class discussions are augmented by guest speakers who share their knowledge of global affairs and international politics.

Studio Art

Designed for students of every level, this course focuses on the essential techniques of sketching and painting and takes advantage of the many picturesque neighborhoods in Nice and the natural beauty of the French Riviera. Under the guidance of artist Christophe Girard, students strive to master the art of figure drawing, still life, portraits and abstractions.

French Cinema

France is home to a rich and complex cinematic tradition. In this course, students study the history of this celebrated art form, from the first half of the 20th century until today. Students develop an appreciation for French film not only as a form of entertainment, but also as a platform for social commentary, political dissent and aesthetic invention. For students with at least 2 years of high school French.


French Cooking

For centuries chefs have flocked to France to master the art of French cooking. In this weekly workshop, students will gain hands-on experience in a professional kitchen under the guidance of internationally recognized chef Jean Montegard. From croissants to créme brulee, this course will introduce students to the delicious and daring world of French cooking. ($100 supplement)

Scuba Diving

Nice’s Baie des Anges is the perfect place to learn the basics of scuba diving under the guidance of professional instructors at the Poseidon Dive Center. This workshop will include three diving sessions. ($200 supplement)

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Parasailing offers an unparalleled view of the Baie des Anges

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Basking in the sun during a visit to Monaco

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A beach volleyball match gets heated

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The Mediterranean is perfect for sea kayaking and paddle boarding

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Summerfuel students show off their musical chops at the talent show

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Taking a swim on the magical Porquerolles Island

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Enjoying a boat tour of celebrity homes near St. Tropez

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The Acropolis sports center is perfect for bowling and billiards

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Rafting down the might Var river

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Cooling off during a visit to St. Paul de Vence

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Students perfect their jumps in Villefranche

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Trying to untangle a human knot in the Summerfuel Olympics

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A lovely view of the Seine in Paris

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Queuing up for ice cream at the world renowned Berthillon

Included Trips

Each weekend you’ll travel to fantastic, historic sites to make sure you see the best the Riviera has to offer.

Vence & St. Paul

Enjoy a private viewing of Matisse’s final work, La Chapelle du Rosaire, and explore the cobblestone streets and countless galleries in the medieval town of St. Paul de Vence.

White Water Rafting

Get back to nature with a day spent rafting on the scenic Var River in the foothills of the Alps.

Antibes & Cannes

Tour the lovely Musée Picasso and search for treasures at Antibes’s outdoor market, then experience the glamour of Cannes, including the famous Palais des Festivals.


Hike and bike your way around this ruggedly beautiful island off the coast of the French Riviera, and enjoy pristine white sand beaches.

St. Tropez

Take a boat tour of the stunning coastline off St. Tropez, and prepare for celebrity sightings in this beloved town!

Eze & Monaco

Visit the famous Fraggonard perfume factory or the lush botanic garden in Eze, then cross the border for a day in the glitzy principality of Monaco.

Something Extra

Summerfuel provides the following optional trip at an extra cost. Space is limited, and registration takes place on a first-come, first-served basis.

Paris Extension: July 27-31, $1,395

What better way to complement your month abroad in Europe than to travel to one of the continent’s cultural capitals? Enjoy a five-day visit to the City of Lights, featuring organized tours and activities highlighting Paris’s greatest monuments and some of its more off-beat attractions. Climb the Eiffel Tower, visit Notre Dame and experience some of Europe’s greatest museums. In the evenings, take a cruise on the River Seine, explore Ile Saint Louis or just watch the world go by from a Parisian café.

Daily Activities

Summerfuel offers a wide range of activities each and every day on campus and around Nice.

Past favorites include

  • Parasailing
  • Volleyball
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Tubing
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Food Tastings
  • Films
  • Concerts
  • Bastille Day Celebration
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Biking
  • Rollerblading
  • Summerfuel Olympics
  • Karaoke
  • Bowling
  • Billiards
  • Fashion Show

Senior Staff


At Summerfuel we are particularly proud of our extraordinary program directors, staff and faculty. We believe that strong, nurturing and experienced leadership sets the tone for a successful program.

The senior staff consists of a Program Director, Residential Director, Activities Director and Academic Director. The Academic Director Michel Remy has been with Summerfuel in Nice since its inception in 1996. Program Director Anne Fenton joined Summerfuel in Nice in 2005, and also serves as Vice President for Summerfuel’s language and cultural immersion programs during the academic year.

Resident Advisors


RAs are an essential part of the Summerfuel experience and are hired solely to support and act as role models to our students.

RAs are college upperclassmen or recent graduates with experience in residential life. They live on each floor, with one RA for every ten students. RAs will always be available to organize activities, provide tours around Nice, answer questions and make sure our students get the most out of their summer.

Safety and Supervision

Safety & Supervision

The safety, security, and overall well-being of our students is our top priority. We implement the following measures to ensure our students are well cared for and safe at all times.

  • 1 to 8 student to residential staff ratio
  • Team of porters on staff at Lycée Massena
  • Gated campus, only open to Summerfuel students
  • Designated zone in which students can travel
  • Buddy system to ensure students never travel alone
  • 11pm daily curfew
  • Zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use