Nice

French language and culture in Europe's favorite summer destination.


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Dates:
July 02* - July 22, 2017 (3 Weeks)
*Escorted flight departs NY on July 01
Program Fee:
$6,695 + airfare
Housing:
Private Dormitory
Grades:
Completing grades 8-12
Program Fee includes:

Tuition, room, 3 meals per day, use of select campus facilities, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.

Not Included:

Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.

The city of Nice—situated in the center of France’s fabulous Mediterranean coastline, the Côte d’Azur—is famous the world over as a cosmopolitan center of art, culture, cuisine and exclusive summer resorts. It’s the perfect setting for high school students to experience French language immersion and France in its real-life context.

Students enjoy unique opportunities to combine experiential study of the French language with day-to-day life in France, and enriching cultural immersion. Summerfuel in Nice is an exciting and rewarding program for teenagers that encourages exploration, develops independence, and provides a foundation for academic success and personal discovery.



 

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

  • JULY 01 • GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS NY
  • JULY 02 • WELCOME TO NICE!
  • JULY 03 • FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
  • JULY 08 • VENCE & ST. PAUL
  • JULY 09 • RAFTING ON THE VAR RIVER
  • JULY 15 • ANTIBES & CANNES
  • JULY 16 • MONACO & EZE
  • JULY 21 • FINAL DINNER
  • JULY 22 • DEPART NICE

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

  • 09.00 am • BREAKFAST
  • 09.30 am • FRENCH SEMINAR
  • 12.00 pm • LUNCH
  • 01.00 pm • ACTIVITIES/FREETIME
  • 03.00 pm • WORKSHOP
  • 05.00 pm • AFTERNOON SEMINAR
  • 07.00 pm • DINNER
  • 09.00 PM • ACTIVITIES/FREETIME
  • 11.00pm • CHECK-IN

Alumni Testimonial

“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

 

Summer in France

 

French Language Immersion

Students perfect their French language skills under the guidance of professors from the University of Nice in a dynamic learning environment. Students are divided by language experience and ability and placed in small, intimate classes of no more than 10. Discussion-based classes enhance students' knowledge of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, and improve listening and speaking skills to improve day to day integration into French life. Classes are enhanced by frequent visits to local shops and there are plenty of opportunitiesfor students to meet local people.

Cultural Electives

Students immerse themselves in the richness of French culture by selecting one of our four afternoon elective courses: Art History, Photography, Fashion Design or International Relations.

Nice Adventures

Summerfuel’s daily activities are designed to ensure students make the most of their time in Nice. Outdoor activities such as swimming, parasailing, scuba diving, paddle-boarding and beach volleyball are complemented by cultural trips to unique destinations, including the Chagall Museum, Matisse Museum, Picasso 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, such as Cannes and Monaco and Antibes.
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OUR SUMMER HOME

Our students' summer home is the prestigious and historic Lycée Masséna, located just steps from Nice’s charming Vieille Ville, the imposing Place Masséna, and of course, beautiful beaches. A true Nice institution and landmark, we are lucky to have called the Lycee home for almost 20 years.

Housing

Every student will have a private bedroom room at Lycée Masséna. Students’ rooms are cleaned daily, and sheets and towels are changed on a regular basis. A Resident Advisor (RA) will live on each hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help students get the most out of their stay in Nice. To help further students' experience, our on-site team of directors and resident advisors are always on-hand to make sure that students have the most comprehensive and enjoyable residential experience available.

Campus Facilities

The Lycée Masséna is renowned for its historic and imposing campus, its stunning architecture with detailed mosaics, and the clock tower, a school symbol inscribed with the motto "does numerem nisi Horas Serenas" (I want to count only the happy hours). Students have full and exclusive access to the school and its facilities for the duration of the program.

Dining

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.

Security

A dedicated team of porters staff the gated entrance to the Lycée to monitor, 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.
 

NICE HIGHLIGHTS

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 and is located just 100 meters from the Lycée.

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.

MAMAC

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 Château

The ruins of this 12th century chateau sit high on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean, making it an ideal spot for students to take 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.
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Our Partnership with the University of Nice

The Summerfuel Nice curriculum is specifically tailored for Summerfuel students and taught in its entirety by the University of Nice Faculté des Lettres.

The French language course is based on the official recommendations of  the  CECRL (Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues / Common European Reference Frame for Languages) which defines the various competences to be acquired at different levels. Interactive oral practice is never separate from some revision of grammatical and structural fundamentals. The curriculum combines classroom instruction, experiential learning and daily practice to develop proficiency for all levels of French.

Interactive Seminars

The academic program is composed of a 2-1/2 hour French language seminar each weekday morning and a ninety-minute cultural elective seminar three afternoons per week. Upon arrival in Nice, students complete a comprehensive French language placement test and are placed into several levels. No previous knowledge of French is required to attend Summerfuel in Nice.

Afternoon cultural seminars complement the morning language classes to offer students a deeper insight into French culture. All afternoon seminars are taught in English. Students receive a Summerfuel transcript upon completing the program.

Alumni Testimonial

“My French has improved tremendously. My success in French this year reflects that so much. Also after three weeks in France, my accent has improved more than from years of French in America." 
--David N., Beverly Hills, CA


MORNING LANGUAGE SEMINAR

French Language Study

This class is taught at various 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 help students develop fluency in all aspects of the French language. Classes meet 2-1/2 hours each day, five days per week, and classroom time is divided into the following areas: practical grammar, written comprehension and expression, vocabulary and conversation. Classes are enhanced by frequent visits to local shops and opportunities to meet local people.
Course taught in French.

AFTERNOON CULTURAL ELECTIVES

Art History

The objective of this course is to provide students with the tools they need 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. 
Course 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.
Course 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. 
Course taught in English.

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 with students. 
Course taught in English.
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INCLUDED TRIPS

Each weekend students will travel to fantastic, historic sites to make sure they 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.

Eze & Monaco

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

DAILY ACTIVITIES

Summerfuel offers a wide range of activities for students 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

OPTIONAL WORKSHOPS

Students can supplement their summer in Nice with one (or both) of our Nice Workshops. Each workshop meet once per week during the afternoon activities block.

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 Montagard. From croissants to créme brulee, this course will introduce students to the delicious and daring world of French cooking (supplemental fee: $100).

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 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. 

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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.

Meet Michel

RESIDENT ADVISORS (RAs)

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 & 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. 
  • No more than 1:10 residential staff to student 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
  • Read our full code of conduct here