Summerfuel Summer Programs: Study Abroad Programs for High School Students



July 3* - July 29, 2016
*Escorted flight departs NY on July 2
Program Fee:
$8,295 + airfare
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Since 1996, Summerfuel has offered high school students the unique opportunity to learn and live in the heart of the French Riviera. In partnership with faculty from the University of Nice, Summerfuel Nice stresses experiential learning, classroom instruction, and cultural enlightenment, but equally values time spent enjoying the summer sun and all that the Côte d’Azur has to offer. During your time in Nice, you will discover many opportunities to combine classroom study of your chosen subject(s) with experiences of day-to-day life in France, and enriching cultural immersion.

The city of Nice—situated in the center of France’s fabulous Mediterranean coastline, the Côte d’Azur—is the quintessential resort town and the perfect place to spend the summer. Once class is done, your days will be filled with adventures on sea and land – wandering Nice’s old town markets, stopping in at world class art galleries and parasailing above the city’s shoreline.


  • July 02 • Group Flight Departs NY
  • July 03 • Welcome to Nice!
  • July 04 • First Day of Classes
  • July 09 • St. Paul
  • July 10 • Rafting on the Var River
  • July 16 • Antibes & Cannes
  • July 17 • Porquerolles Island
  • July 23 • St. Tropez
  • July 24 • Monaco & Eze
  • July 28 • Final Dinner & Dance
  • July 29 • Depart Nice

Learning in Nice

While in Nice, you will have the chance to study the subjects of your choice. You will select a morning and afternoon seminar – choosing to focus your learning in one of our suggested tracks or taking courses in more than one discipline for a more varied and exploratory summer. Whatever you decide, your learning will be experientially based, allowing you to get out of the classroom and utilize all that Nice has to offer.

Course Concentrations

You are in charge of your academic experience and can select as varied or as concentrated experience as you would like. You will be able to choose from courses in French Language, Art & Art History, Digital Photography and more. Academic coursework is complemented by optional workshops that help structure the out-of-class French experience.

Nice Adventures

Summerfuel’s daily activities are designed to ensure you make the most of your time abroad 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. You will also live just steps away from the main stretch of beach in Nice, so afternoons in the sun will be a daily occurrence.

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, such as 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

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Student Life

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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So many choices, such little time!

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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 is the prestigious Lycée Masséna, located just steps from Nice’s lovely Vieille Ville, the imposing Place Masséna, and of course, beautiful beaches. To help further your experience, our on-site team of directors and resident advisors are always on-hand to make sure that you have the most comprehensive and enjoyable residential experience available.


Every student will have a private bedroom at Lycée Masséna. All floors are single-gender and are assigned based on age and geographic diversity. Your room will be cleaned daily, and sheets and towels 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 and answer questions. Masséna is a gated community that is solely occupied by Summerfuel staff and students for the duration of the program.


The Lycée Masséna is renowned for its historic and imposing campus, its stunning architecture with many mosaics, and the clock tower, a school symbol inscribed with the motto “Horas ne numerem nisi serenas” (I want to count only the happy hours). You and your fellow students will have full and exclusive access to the school and its facilities while onsite.


All meals are served in the Lycée’s on-site dining hall during the week, which serves a wide variety of meal options to suit most dietary preferences and requirements. On weekends the group dines out together on excursions, with quality and diversity in mind. Students are provided with three meals a day.


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 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.


Students heading off to morning class at the Lycée Masséna

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A lively class discussion about the latest news

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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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Students enjoying studio art out on the town

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The city of Nice is a wonderful classroom!

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Looking for deals at the local market

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Practicing negotiating skills in French

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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

At Summerfuel, we believe learning should be engaging, inspiring and fun. We have worked hard to design seminars, field trips and guest lectures that provide 'only in Nice' experiences. You will choose a morning and an afternoon seminar that fits your specific interests and goals for the summer. Whether you choose to focus on developing your spoken French or want to explore the worlds of fashion design and advertising, you will be guaranteed a dynamic and enriching curriculum while abroad.

Seminars 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. All students receive a Summerfuel transcript upon completing the program and, while coursework is challenging, homework is limited to ensure that students are able to make the most of their time abroad.

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Academic Tracks

All seminars are offered independently, but you may choose to focus your learning by completing one of our suggested tracks:

  • FRENCH LANGUAGE: AM Advanced French Language | PM French Conversation (Advanced)
  • RT & ART HISTORY: AM Art History On Foot | PM Studio Art
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: AM Digital Photography: Landscapes | PM Digital Photography: People
  • FRENCH CULTURE: AM France Through Film | PM French Culture of Food


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


Morning seminars will meet every weekday morning from 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Intermediate French Language

This course is designed for students who have had one to two years of high school 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. Classroom time is divided into the following areas: practical grammar, written comprehension and expression, vocabulary and conversation. Taught in French.

Art History On Foot

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. Taught in English.

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. Taught in English.

Advanced French Language

This course is designed for students who have had two to three years of high school 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. Classroom time is divided into the following areas: practical grammar, written comprehension and expression, vocabulary and conversation. Taught in French.

Digital Photography: Landscapes

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 covers 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. Taught in English.

France Through Film

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. Taught in English.


Afternoon seminars meet three afternoons per week from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

French Conversation (Advanced)

Practice your spoken language skills in this advanced level conversation class. The course will be structured around group work and presentations and field-trips out into the city to further practice fluent conversation. Students should have studied two to three years of high school French and be comfortable communicating only in French. Taught in French.

Digital Photography: People

Human and portrait photography is often the most challenging, but also the most rewarding. This course covers 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. Taught in English.

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. Taught in French, but French language experience is not required.

Advertising in the Media

By examining the advertising industry in France, students are able to understand Francophone history and culture and how it differs from American culture. In this course, students will study various forms of French advertising – print, television, and digital ads – and consider how they reflect the culture of French society. This is a great introduction to thinking about global advertising and how the message and tactics differ. Students will study the process through which a product is advertised to consumers, and end the course by creating their own advertising campaign for a product of their choosing.

French Culture of Food

In the 19th and 20th centuries, French food was widely considered the world's best; today, the culinary allure of France continue to fascinate people all over the world. This course explores French culinary traditions and highlights the importance of food in French culture. Through various tastings, students will explore how the history of French culinary culture evolved throughout the years. Students will explore the history and culture behind various French cheeses, desserts such as the famous tart Tropezienne, and Niçois specialties such as socca, farcis, and Pissaladière.

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Up, up, up and away!

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Basking in the sun during a visit to Monaco

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A bit of healthy competition is good for the soul

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Exploring the magical mountains overlooking the Mediterranean

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Escargots...not for everyone!

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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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Enjoying some downtime with new friends.

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Rafting down the mighty 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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Ice-cream is an integral part of the French diet.

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Going for gold in the Summerfuel Olympics

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Loving life on la Cote d’Azur with new friends

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Getting ready for another plunge from atop the rocks!

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The chicken got to the Mediterranean by crossing la Promenade des Anglais

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Hats off to our favorite Venezuelans!


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

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.


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


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 crèmes brûlées, this course will introduce students to the delicious and daring world of French cooking. ($100 supplement)

Our summer staff members are at the heart of all that we do. Supported by our New York headquarters, our program directors and resident advisors create an exciting and balanced residential, academic and extracurricular experience each summer.

Senior Staff


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

The Nice senior staff consists of a Program Director, Residential Director, Activities Director and Academic Director. This year, the program is once-again being lead by Christopher Flores. This will be Chris’s eight summer on-site and his third year as the Program Director. During the academic year, Chris works in Summerfuel’s New York headquarters overseeing company-wide staff and faculty recruitment and the planning and logistics for the Nice program.

Meet Chris

Resident Advisors


RAs are an essential part of the Summerfuel experience and are hired 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


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

  • 1 to 8 residential staff to student ratio
  • Team of porters on staff at Lycée Massena
  • Gated campus, only open to Summerfuel students and staff
  • 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
  • Read our full rules & policies here