Nice is a thriving tourist port city in France, ideal for international students looking for university programmes and a sophisticated lifestyle by the sea, with 300 days of sunshine yearly. “Nice the Beautiful” has been a well-known tourist destination throughout history and source of inspiration for artists. Study a degree abroad in a number of competitive universities, enjoying captivating beaches, activity trips, and cultural exposure.
The GDP of Nice is just slightly lower than the French average, with a great percent of income coming from tourism – second in France after Paris. Nice also has the third most used business airport in France.
The city has several business and technology parks and many shopping centres. Investors from France and abroad find an open economic climate ready for offering local assistance.
The main industries in the city include: tourism, computing, electronics, pharmacology and biotechnology, services, film production, transportation. Among the companies with offices in Nice you will find brands like: Auchan, IBM, NVIDIA, HP, CISCO, McDonald’s, Schneider Electric, Decathlon, Air France. Internship opportunities are offered by higher education institutions in Nice.Postgraduate students from inside the EU, are entitled to work in Nice if a series of regular conditions are met.
Nice has a strong cultural tradition of museums, a national theatre, opera house, concert halls and casinos, owing to its history as an old tourist European destination.
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Party and have a relaxing time in beach clubs with loungers, restaurants, beach volleyball courts, water sports, playground areas. Take up rollerblading, running, skateboarding, cycling, snorkeling. or rent a boat on the Mediterranean. Nice has one of the longest running street carnivals in history. Attend light shows, flower battles, fireworks, street markets, or unforgettable music events.
The French Riviera is very easy to explore, offering easy access to other French marvel-cities like Cannes, Monaco, Antibes, the islands of Ventimiglia, and San Remo.
Nice has over 4 million international visitors every year and it has been known as a luxury destination for the British aristocracy. So, you won’t have trouble running into English speakers, weather they are tourists, international students, or the local population. Around 10% of the population has foreign citizenship, with the largest immigrant groups including people from Tunisia, Italy, Morocco, Algeria, Portugal or Spain.
The city is laid-back and open, with a highly tolerant society, with many places that are friendly to the LGBT community. The international airport in Nice, is a great connection point with the rest of Europe and the world.
While studying abroad in Nice you will enjoy hot sunny summers and mild winters. The average maximum temperature in the warmest summer months is about 27 °C (81 °F). Frost is unusual and snowfalls are extremely rare during winter, with average minimum temperatures of around 5 °C (41 °F).