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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma Associates Bachelors
Apartment Host Family


Price Details
Included: Personalized Pre-departure Advising; Tuition & Registration; Travel Medical Insurance; On-site Orientation; Housing; Volunteer Opportunities; On-site Staff Support; Excursions and Cultural Engagement; Host Institution Services & Amenities and more. Scholarships available.
What's Included
Some Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes
Feb 15, 2022
Sep 06, 2022
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About Program

With its 300+ sunny days a year, world-class museums, galleries, and sandy beaches, the Côte d’Azur (literally “azure coast”) or “French Riviera,” as English speakers refer to it, affords 71 miles of Mediterranean coastline along the southeast corner of France. The region’s sub-tropical climate has drawn many famous visitors and expats, including Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, and Pablo Picasso.

There, you can immerse yourself in French language and culture at our partner university, the Centre International d'Antibes, or take science, engineering, or business courses in English at the Bachelors Program at SKEMA Business School. As it is home to the Cannes Film Festival, the French Riviera is a great location to engage in a hands-on internship during this world-famous event. Excursions to cities like Provence and Grasse will round out your experience abroad.

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Program Highlights

  • Hands-on learning experiences that transform the world abroad into a classroom
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone
  • Career workshops, Internships Abroad, and Alumni Ambassador positions


CEA Scholarships

CEA Scholarships and Financial Aid

Studying abroad will change your life, improve your employability, and enhance your global competence. That's why we commit more than $2.0 million each year to our financial and scholarship programs.

$400 - $3,000

Program Reviews

4.94 Rating
based on 18 reviews
  • 5 rating 94.44%
  • 4 rating 5.56%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4.05
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

Fall Semester 2021

My experience was very special because it was my first time out of the United States. I was anxious and frightened about what lied ahead not knowing how traveling that far went. All together, it was the most life changing experience I have ever had and I am so grateful for the opportunity. The program made me felt so safe and after a week or so of adjusting; I felt at home. The little things like going to the grocery store were so fun because of the culture difference and scenery. Studying abroad helped with my self growth and self reliance.

  • Self growth
  • Independence
  • One in a lifetime chance
  • Homesick (very rarely)
  • Time difference from family
  • Goes by too fast
36 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Pj Carney's time in the French Riviera

While abroad, I engaged with my local community by going to the daily farmers' market and interacting with the local community. I signed up for the local gym, would have everyday conversations, and building relationships with the workers and the regulars at the gym. I also went to a couple of different cafes daily and would practice my french with them and be friendly to me when I mess up. I interned at the Cannes Film Festival. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience where I was able to work for a french film company as a videographer, party meister, and personal assistant. I will never forget the first-weekend trip I took abroad when I went to Paris with my friend for his 21st birthday. It was jaw-dropping and eye-opening and made me fall in love with traveling for the rest of my life. Now, I genuinely believe traveling is the best thing you can do in life and what truly helps you discover who you are.

  • Beauitful
  • Unique
  • Fun
  • Not as practical / set up for study abroad
37 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The best study abroad I could of ever asked for!

CEA French Riviera is the absolute best program you can choose for study abroad. First things first, you get to live in Antibes, which is the yacht capital or Europe, and one of the most gorgeous coastal towns on the French Riviera. Think about it, how many people get to say they did that! If your there at the right time of year, you can go to class in the morning, and go to the beach in the Afternoon! Antibes is a short train ride away from many other destinations in the area such as Nice, Monaco, Cannes, and Grass, not to mention all the other little Eagle nest villages to visit in your spare time.

This program puts you at one of the best business school's in Europe (SKEMA), where you will have professors from all over the globe teach your classes.

The absolute best part of this program is the onsite director Kristen. Kristen will be there for you every step of the way, I have never met such a nice and caring person in my life. She ensures that you have a comfortable transition into the semester, and takes you on many different excursions. She is truly an expert on the area. Kristen also host many onsite activities such as Wine Tasting.

You truly cannot go wrong with this program! Trust me you'll be glad you spent your semester abroad in Antibes!

What would you improve about this program?
I would just improve the relationship between Skema and CEA.
80 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you so much for your thorough and thoughtful review, Jared! Your recommendations will help serve as a guide for future students when researching their own France study abroad programs with CEA (and your kind words about our wonderful program director, Kristin, echo the same sentiments as so many of our French Riviera alumni!). We are so glad you had a wonderful CEA experience and we wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself in Antibes!

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Yes, I recommend this program

My semester abroad

I throughly enjoyed my time abroad. I met some of my best friends while there. We continue to travel the world together. My roommates taught me so many things about their own culture while I taught them mine. The program director was absolutely amazing she was able to help us in a moments notice and she was fluent in English, French, and German. She made us feel very welcome and answered all of our questions via email before we even arrived. I would highly recommend this program. Antibes was very safe all of the time. We never felt like we had to be on edge.

What would you improve about this program?
The school that we went to was very difficult based on how it was set up. I enjoyed the materials that we talked about in my classes, however it was very difficult to understand some of the professors or figure out how to contact them. They rarely checks their email or answered our questions. Most of the classwork was group projects. And there was a little homework for most of the grading was done through the tests and exams that we had.
75 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Andrew! We are glad to hear you had a wonderful experience in the French Riviera with CEA. We value your candid feedback and are always working to improve our programs for our students – if you would like to share any other feedback about your time abroad, we would love to hear from you at StudentFeedback@ceastudyabroad.com. Thank you for sharing your perspective and your wonderful photos – we wish you all the best and hope you’ll stop by and say “bonjour” the next time you’re in France!

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Yes, I recommend this program

An Experience of a Lifetime

I can very easily say that studying abroad in the French Riviera through CEA has been one of the best experiences of my life. Our on-site coordinator, Kristen, was like a second mom to our group of 24 college students. The excursions and activities that she planned made my four months that much more special. Our housing was very centrally located and the public transportation made it easy to visit other neighboring cities like Nice and Cannes. Living in a different country for a semester can be scary, but it didn't take long before Antibes felt like my home. I feel so connected to Antibes that I plan to go back and visit every three years. And I have CEA to thank for it. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is considering studying abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Even if you do not have any experience speaking French, I recommend learning a few key phrases like how to order at a restaurant or ask for directions.
76 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Hannah! “I feel so connected to Antibes that I plan to go back and visit every three years” = major goals! Your suggestions for future students are helpful and we so appreciate your positive words about your semester with CEA!

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Fall Semester in the French Riviera

This program is really great! I am so glad that I chose to come to the Riviera, and I think that everyone needs to know more about the South of France in general! The program was small, so it made it easier to get to know the people in our group really well, as well as get to know anyone they met here as well! The city we are located in, Antibes, is quaint, easy to get around in, and has just the right amount of locals to make it exciting and always buzzing. I have also never seen so many yachts in my life! Our program director is seriously the best person to have here, she is so helpful and really makes it feel like home from the moment you get here. The experiences here will last me a lifetime and it really has become one of my favorite places in Europe to be! I will really miss living in France, and I will definitely be back some day!

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe just teaming with a new school. The current school is quite unorganized and difficult to communicate with and get answers from when things go wrong. This is not just because we were having a level of culture shock, its just pure lack of organization on the school's part. Nothing that CEA could do about it, other than to look into new schools that will work better for students in the future.
83 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your wonderful review, Evelyn! We are so proud of our CEA French Riviera staff and are so glad you had a positive experience in making Antibes a second home. We are always looking for ways to improve our programs and appreciate your insight. If there is anything you would like to share more specifically with our team regarding your host university, please email us at ProgramManagement@ceastudyabroad.com. We wish you all the best, and be sure to stop by and say “bonjour” should you find yourself in the French Riviera!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Choice I've Made-French Riviera study abroad

Studying in the French Riviera was the best choice I have ever made. Since being here, I have traveled to so many different cities and after spending 3 days in a busy, touristy area it truly feels like home once I get back to Antibes. It is a good size city with so much to do, with a beautiful climate and rich culture. It is also a 20 minute train ride each way to Nice or Cannes, very big cities in the South of France giving you even more exposure in the relaxed French culture. The CEA coordinator and fellow group members feel like a family and it is always fun when we get together for excursions or weeknight events. It is also very easy to get to and from the airport to travel while studying here. I traveled almost every weekend, of course determined by finances and school schedule, but this program was very good at promoting weekend travel and our coordinator was always willing to help with planning or giving tips for each city. This is an experience I will never forget and I will only ever speak highly of this program and country!

What would you improve about this program?
More help with the visa process would be very appreciated. It is a very heavy and stressful experience and each visa city does things very differently which made it hard for personal help.
77 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Kathryn, thank you so much for your in-depth review! This will help guide future CEA students when deciding on a program, and we’re so glad to hear you had a positive experience in the French Riviera! We wish you all the best in your continued endeavors.

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Yes, I recommend this program

CEA Antibes Spring 2018

This was one of the most growing, most exiting, and by far one of the best four months of my life. CEA made all the pre-abroad paperwork easy to understand, they handled the logistics of lodging and schooling, welcomed us at the airport when we arrived, and the onsite specialist, Kristin, continued supporting us through the entire semester. CEA organized multiple different weekend excursions that allowed us to travel and experience cultures without the headache of planning. We also had the flexibility of adjusting our school schedules. For me, that meant I got every Friday off to spend exploring Antibes and other cities with new friends. Studying in the French Riviera is such a treat because the town of Antibes is a paradise in itself. My apartment was a five minute walk from the Mediterranean beaches and there were plenty of little nooks to sit and enjoy nature. There is a little Italian Gelato shop right by the beach where my friends and I would alway go to get the best gelato in town and say "ciao" to the owner. I would highly recommend this slow-paced, quaint environment to spend your four months abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
The program itself is wonderful. The school associated with it is a bit difficult to work with. I would recommend the site specialists possibly doing interviews with students to hear their thoughts on each class. This would give a better idea of how the school could be improved or how to better prepare CEA students for the culture at SKEMA.
91 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Katelyn, we are thrilled that your time studying abroad with us was the best four months of your life. Thank you for sharing your experience and for the candid feedback on how we can improve. We would like to speak with you further to find out how we can do better in the future. Please contact us at ProgramManagement@ceastudyabroad.com.

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