Abbey Road High School Summer Immersion Program in Nice, France

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Abbey Road High School Summer Study Program in France
Abbey Road High School Summer Study Program in France
Abbey Road High School Summer Study Program in France
Abbey Road High School Summer Study Program in France
Abbey Road High School Summer Study Program in France
Abbey Road High School Summer Study Program in France
Abbey Road High School Summer Study Program in France
Abbey Road High School Summer Study Program in France
Abbey Road High School Summer Study Program in France
Abbey Road High School Summer Study Program in France

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Explore the beautiful French Riviera with Abbey Road in our Summer High School French Immersion program in Nice, France! Wander through the cobblestone streets of Old Nice, indulge in the local culture, and practice speaking French with locals at cafes, fashion boutiques, and art festivals. Study the French language, art, and history with other international teens, go on exciting excursions to Cannes, Monaco, Antibes, Ezé, Saint Tropez, and more! Experience living independently abroad in France in your very own student apartment, just steps away from Old Nice and Place Garibaldi. Opt into our Travel Extension to Paris and get the most out of your journey! Visit Abbey Road’s site to learn more about other high school summer programs in Europe and North America, or to Apply Now!

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Reviews

96%
based on 11 reviews
  • Growth 9.3
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.3
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John
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great program

My daughter (15) attended the Abbey Road Nice program in July 2019 and had an amazing experience. It was her first trip to Europe and this was certainly a memorable time. We were very pleased with the program's communication, organization, and program offerings from language instruction to numerous fields trips. I will note, not so much a criticism as simply for others to be aware, that the program does offer a fair amount of free "exploration" time without supervision. My 15 year old certainly gained independence and confidence, though at times I felt she may have been a little too free. The language program seems solid and appropriate, but it is no so strict as in forced total immersion with penalties for speaking english.

We were very pleased with the program. I felt it was great value for what was offered.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Maybe air conditioning in the residence. The free time exploration allowed for growth and adventure, and I think the student should have appropriate maturity to know how to properly conduct themselves in a foreign country.
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Kevin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Cultural Immersion

In addition to the facilitated instruction, we had many opportunities to interact in the local setting in Nice to talk with shopkeepers, locals, etc. This was my favorite part of the program. Having my own room with own bathroom was very nice also, and staff were all very responsive and helpful. We spent many evenings at the beach, and there were opportunities for water sports, cultural tours and photography and writing electives.

The office staff was very helpful and responsive in making all the arrangements, it felt like they knew me personally. The electives (included in the cost) allow the kids to pick what suits them best. I think most students picked watersports, but a number also did photography, drawing and I picked culture. We got to go to a perfume factory in Monaco, some museums and the theatre in Cannes. I think this allowed us to spend more time doing what we actually had interest in.

What would you improve about this program?
I would do it for longer next time. Most students were not highly proficient in French, but they made a small group to help those that were so we could continue to expand our knowledge.
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Julianna
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

2 Weeks in Nice, France

Overall, this was a wonderful program to learn about French culture, food, and language. I would not recommend it for hardcore language immersion; this experience was highly cultural and social, and language came second to that. A typical day included waking up and eating breakfast in your dorm or going out to a patisserie with friends, morning French classes, and then an afternoon activity such as a museum, the beach, or going to a nearby town. There was hours of free time afforded each day, usually spent in Old Nice or at the beach. The location of the residence was absolutely perfect; it was in the heart of Nice, just a five-minute walk from the historic Old Nice, ten minutes from a shopping mall, fifteen from the train station, and only one minute to find a pharmacy or multitudes of cafes and eateries to choose from. The residence itself is technically a youth hostel, but each student gets their own room with plenty of space for themselves and their belongings, along with a private bathroom. Some of the rooms were more dated than others, and some were found in cleaner states than others at the time of arrival, but the overall rooms were nice and functional, if not "beautiful". Naturally, since it is Europe, there is no A/C. However, the program is thoughtful enough to appoint each student with a fan, and the mini-fridge in each room has an ice tray. After a few summer days, even as someone from the Northeast United States, the heat becomes manageable. The best part of this program is the weekend excursions to nearby places such as the medieval village St. Paul-de-Vence, or Antibes. Once there, students are given the freedom to roam. As far as food goes, there is a mixture. Breakfast foods were always available in a room down the hall in the residence, but the pickings were slim: one kind of breakfast bar, some fruits, and a cereal or two. The better option was always to get up early with some friends and visit a patisserie/bakery and make it back to the residence by 9:00am, just in time for classes to begin. Lunches were either provided at the residence or students were given 10 euros apiece to go out and get whatever kind of lunch they pleased in Nice. (10 euros never completely covered the cost, but it helped). The food provided at the residence was usually good, but by no means exceptional on a regular basis; however, it is hard to feed a large group of students with varying taste buds. Vegetarian options were always present. Dinner was the same as lunch, either provided or stipends. Additionally, UberEats at the student's expense was always an option for the tired student who didn't fancy the choices provided by the program in the residence hall. Discussing food does bring us to the topic of beverages. If the student chose to do so, acquiring and drinking alcohol was incredibly easy to do on this trip. The legal drinking age is 18, so you didn't have to look terribly old to be served or to purchase alcohol in Nice, and carding was uncommon at best, especially if you knew the right places to look. Hiding drinking habits from the adult supervisors was very simple for those who chose to indulge, and it wasn't really the fault of the adults when it did happen. There wasn't much to be done to prevent it, being that each student was essentially living by themselves, and often going to restaurants in groups of friends. Curfew, however, was strictly enforced with a face-to-face check-in being nonnegotiable, and sneaking out at night was made nearly impossible by the fact that a security guard polices the residence and knows the faces of the students in the program. I never felt unsafe in the residence (or in the city of Nice in general), and many students even took the liberty to hardly ever lock their apartment doors; theft was never an issue, although there were just regular youth also living on other floors of the hostel at the same time. The trip was really what you made it. There is lots of free time to do whatever makes you happiest and explore the city to your heart's content. It is such a beautiful place with a rich history to live and learn, and you must try as much gelato as possible (Fenocchio's in Place Rossetti is my personal favorite)!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
The gorgeous beaches have smooth pebbles/rocks, NOT sand! It makes life much cleaner, but you're going to need flip-flops or insensitive feet in order to walk on the beach.
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Lindsey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best part of my entire summer!

I came into this program very unsure of whether I would like the experience or not, but within the first several days I was having the most fun I had in my entire life! This trip has been over the top amazing in all perspectives. I personally am not a fan of learning, as most teens, but Abbey Road truly made it enjoyable for everyone. To add on, the freedom given was so relieving, and the friends I made there will continue to be for the rest of my life. We also got to do so many fun activities, like parasailing, and tubing. The best part of the trip was being able to go explore the city with friends without having an instructor watching over you, because it truly gave me a higher sense of responsibility and freedom. I couldn’t have possibly asked for a better way to spend my summer.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is to be open to making new friends, because the best part of the trip are getting to hang out with the friends you make.
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Austin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Abbey Road Nice

So far I have loved the entire experience! I made friends on the first day and I know hat I’ll be friends with them forever. My favorite part about the program is how much freedom we get in the city. The administration trusts us so much and it really makes me feel independent. Another fun part about the program is the weekends. Every weekend we go to a new place outside of Nice. So far we have gone to Cannes, Monaco, Italy, Antibes, and a couple other places. They give us leniency in foreign cities too which is fantastic. I enjoy the ability to live with other people my age. It is great to know that if I want to hang out with someone there are 30 people right down the hall. I feel like I have grown so much over the duration of this program and would surely do it again!

What would you improve about this program?
The only change I would make is to give us more free time. We already have a lot but a 10:30 curfew is a little too early.
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Alejandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great

I have had a lot of fun at this program !! I have also improved my français!! This program has also allowed me to experience independence as well as learn new things about myself. I would highly recommend this program to my friends and family !! This program allows students to experience living in France for a shirt period of time while going on adventures, meeting new people, and improving your French skills !!! I am very satisfied with this program and I am happy that I chose Abbey roads to improve my French skills !! To be able to speak français and spend time in France has always been my dream and I feel like this program is the perfect way to start mon rêve français !! My family and I are very satisfied with Abbey roads and the program has been a lot better than I expected !! Thank you !!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Enjoy your time here, have fun, and try to focus on your French !!
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Barry
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A wonderful month in Nice

Overall, I cannot think of anything that I would have made the program any better than it was; everything was really perfect. In the town of Nice, there was so much opportunity to learn. Old Nice was filled with shops and markets, where the venders rarely could speak any English. Near Old Nice, in Garibaldi Square, I made friends with some local skateboarders, who not only gave me an opportunity to learn colloquial and slang French, but also provided some great action photography for my elective course. And when we were not in the town area, my friends and I would go down to the beach, get gelato, do some shopping, or learn some more French with our educators.

Every weekend we would take day trips to different towns nearby. From Antibes we could see the Alps, others gave a fantastic view of the French countryside or the Mediterranean. St. Paul de Vence even gave us a view of all three at once! Some trips were to the beach, others to old medieval style towns, and we even took a trip to Italy for a day. The day trips were really fantastic because they let us experience not only our “home” town, but others as well, many of which were actually quite different.



One of the most amazing things is that everybody got along. From the start, we were all friends, and we got along like one big family. Some people were from US, Canada, and other countries, and we had no problems getting along wonderfully. I was friends with everyone on my trip, and ended up spending my time with all of them at some point or another. It was truly a perfect group of people. My trip with Abbey Road was the best experience of my life. I had so much fun learning and experiencing France first-hand.

The teachers were fantastic, the other kids were fun to hang out with and as excited and enthusiastic as I was, and we were in what I now consider the best place on Earth, while experiencing other cities as well. It was the perfect situation, and the people running the program were extremely accommodating, telling us that anything we wanted to do would be seriously considered. And these suggestions often came to fruition, which led to an amazing experience for everyone on the trip. My travel with Abbey Road was perfect, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Annaleise
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience

I went on this program in the summer of 2018. I would definitely make the same choice if I had to again. I had a really great experience, Nice is a lovely city. I thoroughly enjoyed the amount of free time the students were allowed, it gave me the opportunity to be independent and responsible and spend my time in Nice exactly as I wanted. The food there was spectacular, and the beach is by far one of the best parts of the city. The best part of the program is the weekend trips that are scheduled, some highlights including Monaco, Eze, Antibes, Cannes, and San Remo. I did the four-week option, which was a lot of time away from home, but I am so happy that I chose to spend as much time in France as possible. The staff is supportive and friendly. I loved the facilities, the location of the building is perfect and I loved the privacy of the single rooms and private bathrooms. This trip helped me grow as a person and a French speaker and was overall a life-altering experience.

What would you improve about this program?
If you are looking for a language-intensive program, this might be a little too mild for your taste. My listening and speaking skills improved vastly because of the language immersion, speaking and ordering in French often, and my personal work at tutoring hours and commitment to studying. However, this program has much more focus on culture and personal growth than I was initially expecting.
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Katie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Katie's Great Time in Nice with Abbey Road

My daughter, Katie, had a wonderful time with the Abbey Road program.

She found the classes to be interesting and practical. She learned conversational French and was more fluent in French after the program. There were optional classes like snorkeling and painting in the afternoons which she also enjoyed.

The program offered wonderful trips to places like St. Tropez, San Remo and Monte Carlo.

The rooms were small, and it got hot with the warm weather, but Abbey Road provided them with many fans. She went on the program with a friend from school but many students did not know anyone and it was easy to make new friends. She is still in touch with most of the students on Snap Chat or Instagram.

I felt pretty comfortable about the supervision they were given. Curfew was strictly enforced. The students were given freedom to explore with parameters and the teachers checked to see where they were going and with whom. All and all it was a comforting experience as a parent.

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Marissa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Nice French Immersion Program

I completed the Nice summer language immersion program the summer before my senior year of high school. Abbey Road's program is one of the best experiences I have had in my life thus far. There are many reasons why.

Academically: I believe that the way they organized their classes is what was most helpful. What I liked about the program is that you spend half of your time in a classroom learning the material and the other half outside of the classroom practicing what you learned. This really helped to solidify the knowledge in my mind and make the information more permanent. I also took the French Conversation elective that made me converse in French for an hour or so every other day. They would take us to museums, galleries, and more. And here we would have tours by our instructor in French and then we would talk about what we were seeing.

Recreationally: Abbey Road provides quality weekend excursions that really helped to enhance the trip. We were able to see all of the places you would want to go in the South of France such as Eze, Monte Carlo, the Alps, and more. It was a great balance between structured activities and free time. There were also a lot of great activities scheduled during the week such as cooking workshops, zumba classes, movie outings, and more.

Socially: I made the best friends of my life on this trip. The program truly brings together a set of unique teenagers from across the world and we all bonded together. Everyone was from different places with different life stories and outlooks, but we all came together as one in the learning experience of living abroad. The friendships I made are certainly the most valuable thing walked away with from this trip.

Personally: I grew a lot on this trip and learned about myself. The program really values teaching you how to live independently in a foreign country and in doing that you grow up a lot.

This was a wonderful experience and one I would do again if only I had a chance.

What would you improve about this program?
Program wise, there isn't anything that I would change. Personally, I would have chosen the photography elective over the French conversation because I feel like I missed out on learning about something new and improving my non-existent photography skills.
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Kylie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was the best experience of my life !

I chose Aix because I just thought it was a great way to improve my French and I loved it. We had French dinners, with a great food where we would only speak French. There were a lot of activities during the week. We had French movie night, Fashion Show, French Conversations classes, cooking evenings... Our residence was fantastic. My room had two floors. We had a huge living room and kitchen. Our apartment was usually the one chosen for cooking nights because it was so big. My roommate ended up becoming one of my dest friends. We still keep in touch.
Aix was like a mini Paris, without all the tourists. It was perfect.
It was such a small town and I felt like everyone was more of a family and people actually knew each other.
On the weekend we would have excursions and we get to take a break from classes.
The classes actually challenged you. I liked that our teacher taught us French slang so we could communicated with the people of Aix without sounding too professional and a little bit more colloquial. Our teacher was a native French and could actually teach us terms not just from a textbook.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish to have little bit more of free time during the evenings.

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