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13 French Language Schools in Nice Ranking 2024

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TOP Rated by
Students < 18 years
Study & Live in your Teacher's Home
Students < 18 years
4.7

Rating: 4.7

(3)
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TOP Rated by
Students 18-30 years
Actilangue
Students 18-30 years
4.3

Rating: 4.3

(46)
TOP Rated by
Students 31-49 years
Actilangue
Students 31-49 years
4.5

Rating: 4.5

(22)
TOP Rated by
Students 50+ years
Study & Live in your Teacher's Home
Students 50+ years
4.6

Rating: 4.6

(9)
TOP Rated by
Students all ages
Study & Live in your Teacher's Home
Students all ages
4.4

Rating: 4.4

(18)
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Quality of teaching
EF International Language Center
Quality of teaching
5.0

Rating: 5

(3)
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Leisure programme
Study & Live in your Teacher's Home
Leisure programme
4.5

Rating: 4.5

(15)
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Value for money
Study & Live in your Teacher's Home
Value for money
4.4

Rating: 4.4

(18)
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Location of school
International House
Location of school
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(51)

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How our students rated their experience in Nice

4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Overall attractiveness of Nice
541 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Nice
Nightlife
4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Friendliness of locals
4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Interesing things to do
4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Geographic setting
4.9

Rating: 4.9/5.0

Public transport
4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Climate
4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Cleanliness
4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Affordability
3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Shopping
4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Safety
4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

What our students said about Nice

5.0

Rating: 5/5

Very beautiful town. The sea view is beautiful and it's a 5-minute walk from the school. Nice has a wonderful size. In a fortnight, we were able to explore the city well and even some places in the surrounding area. The school hands out a student card that allows free entry to almost all museums - great! There is good public transport, but I hardly used it within Nice. From the main train station, Monaco, Menton and Eze can be reached in 20-40 minutes. To the south, you can also get to Cannes by train or by bus to St. Paul de Vence - highly recommended!

Kathrin
Germany
4.0

Rating: 4/5

Nice is a wonderful city. There is a lot to see, the public transport is great, you can easily get to Monaco, Menton, Cannes, Antibes and within the city for 1.50€ per ride (or 1€ if you buy a 10-ride ticket). There are great museums, the opera has a very good programme and there is something to see on every corner or you can just sit on the beach or the promenade and enjoy the fantastic weather, which is there almost all year round.
The only downside: unfortunately, dog owners leave dog poop all over the pavements!!!

Astrid
Germany
3.0

Rating: 3/5

Nice is very well located as it is about halfway between Monaco and Cannes. Public transport works quite well and in general it is a nice city. Nice is not very clean as you could find dog shit in many corners or rubbish on the ground. Although it is a bit more expensive than most of France, you can always find cheaper places if you look for them. The weather is generally pleasant although it is very hot in July and August. Nice is safe during the day but at night it is uncomfortable to walk the streets alone.

Camila
Switzerland
5.0

Rating: 5/5

I had an amazing 2 months stay. Nice is the perfect town to relax, meet people and study French. I recommend staying here and visiting all "Cafe des langues" after class. Profitez-vous :) I felt the same and may do the same as Matisse: "Quand j'ai compris que chaque matin je reverrais cette lumière, je ne pouvais pas croire en mon bonheur. J'ai décidai de ne pas quitter Nice et j'y ai demeuré pratiquement toute mon existence."

Lilian
Brazil
3.0

Rating: 3/5

Some must-see museums in Nice and the surrounding area. Interesting excursions to other coastal towns or to the mountains are possible by bus or train. In the city the castle hill with the ruins, beautiful view, the old town of Nice, various churches, squares, the view from the roof terraces of the 4 or 5 star hotels. Good geographical location (near Monaco, Italy, Marseille, French Maritime Alps).

Erica
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Perfect place for language learning and vacationing with a blend of culture and nature. crystal clear sea, mountains, Nice itself is a nice, decently sized city with bars, shops and museums, and many smaller, interesting towns nearby. excellent seafood. The locals seems a little rough at first but will help you if you need it.

Tina
Austria
5.0

Rating: 5/5

I had Brigit and Laurence as my teachers. Both of them are enthusiastic and you can tell they like teaching. I was pleased with them very much for showing genuine interest about where I’m from. I’ve taken many French Lessons in my life and this school was by far the best.

Sachiko
Japan
3.0

Rating: 3/5

Nice is really one of the nicest large cities in France. The Promenade des Anglais and the sea are unforgettable. There are many very interesting small cities and places to visit nearby a short train ride away. Italy, too, is very close.

Sam
4.0

Rating: 4/5

Nice is highly recommended. Offers many pedestrian zones with bars and restaurants to linger, the public transport works punctually and reliably, the beach is always inviting for a swim despite the pebbles, the city is clean and safe.

Fritz
Switzerland
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Cosmopolitan, busy, sunny, beautiful traditional architecture, lovely light colours and blends of blonde and peach and jade and ochre. Friendly natives who help you learn the language.

Helen
England UK
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Nice is a great place to spend your holidays. And you can just hop on a train to visit some of the nearby towns and villages, of which many are worth a day tour.

Julian
Germany
4.0

Rating: 4/5

Nice place to visit as far as culture and geographical location, but extremely dirty and polluted. Streets smell urine and cigarette smoke. Difficult to breath.

Tatyana
Russia
4.0

Rating: 4/5

In winter the climate is mild, and the city is very safe and full of cultural attractions and tours to discover the landscape that surrounds it. Sensational!

Renato
Brazil
4.0

Rating: 4/5

Carnaval, shopping, dining out (which I don't do), seaside walk, park, vista point, museums, opera, shopping, nearby towns (Cannes, Menton, Eze, Monaco...)

Andy
France
5.0

Rating: 5/5

A delightful city full of people spending money and going out to eat and generally enjoying themselves. I am very glad I got to experience it.

Karl
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Great place, not too small not too large. Right in the centre of the Côté d'Azur, many other interesting places are easy to reach by train.

Julian
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Overall, it has become very expensive. A beer in the beach bar for 11 euros is simply too expensive. The restaurants are also expensive.

Matthias
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Everything was amazing! The school, the family, the city. I am so glad to have spent my vacations in Nice!!!

Chiara
United arab emirates
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Very beautiful city. Unreal views from the mountain, from the sea, and in fact from anywhere in the city.

Mariia
Russia
4.0

Rating: 4/5

City administration does a lot for the appearance, expansion of green spaces, parks, museums

Wilfried
Germany

What school directors said about Nice

Librati

Nice is the second most visited city in France. It attracts tourists from all over the world thanks to its history, architecture, landscapes, climate.

LibratiDirector of Azurlingua, ecole de langues, lives in Nice since 1964
Romain ADAMI

Nice is the best known French city after Paris. Warm climate all year round, a busy nightlife, is close to other beautiful cities, is easily accessible by plane, has cheap means of transport and is a safe and dynamic city

Romain ADAMIDirector of International House, lives in Nice since 1984

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Nice

Actilangue

Very warm and friendly Experienced teachers I learnt a lot Nice class size

29 January 2024
Course: Course No 1 - General - 2 weeks
Student age: 64 years

4.3

Rating: 4.3

| 100 reviews
ChristaActilangue
International House

The approach was very personal, and a perfect combination of speaking and grammar. The teacher Annick was excellent!

15 January 2024
Course: General French Course - GR20 - 1 week
Student age: 35 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 103 reviews
International House

Good teachers, great location and friendly atmosphere.

28 November 2023
Course: General French Course - GR20 - 1 week
Student age: 45 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 103 reviews
Azurlingua, ecole de langues

My teacher was very good, and the course format and materials were good too. People in class were at about the same level overall.
School seemed rather large and impersonal.

1 November 2023
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 76 years

4.1

Rating: 4.1

| 188 reviews
International House

Central location, very good teachers, small classes, good equipment with audio-visual technology, everyone very friendly and helpful.

3 October 2023
Course: General French Course - GR20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 68 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 103 reviews
International House

Most teachers are friendly and try to involve students in lessons. There are many oral activities that encourage learning.
In general, it lacks a lot of organisation.

14 August 2023
Course: Super Intensive Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 20 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 103 reviews
Azurlingua, ecole de langues

Alicia the teacher was a joy - I had fun while I learned! Eric in Administration at the HQ was very prompt with handling manners and courteous. He was a pleasure to deal with.

4 August 2023
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 54 years

4.1

Rating: 4.1

| 188 reviews
Azurlingua, ecole de langues

Strong point the helpfulness of the management and staff, air conditioning, beautiful outdoor garden

24 July 2023
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 49 years

4.1

Rating: 4.1

| 188 reviews
Les ateliers FL

It was good for me as a two week immersion experience. It convinced me that with some additional effort I could actually speak French.
Good program.

11 July 2023
Course: Intensive Programme - 2 weeks
Student age: 68 years

4.1

Rating: 4.1

| 93 reviews
EF International Language Center

Staff were excellent, strict but inclusive, good content

26 June 2023
Course: Intensive Course + Accommodation - 2 weeks
Student age: 16 years

4.3

Rating: 4.3

| 6 reviews
Azurlingua, ecole de langues

The admin team was very efficient, especially when I needed to change to another host family.
Their Friday lunchtime 'food tasting session' during lunch hour was interesting, and was rather unique.

5 June 2023
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 41 years

4.1

Rating: 4.1

| 188 reviews
Azurlingua, ecole de langues

Blandine is a very good and dedicated teacher. Entrance test was thorough and comprehensive.
good organisation and nice people

22 May 2023
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 57 years

4.1

Rating: 4.1

| 188 reviews
Azurlingua, ecole de langues

The teachers are very knowledgeable regarding grammar and how to teach it.

27 February 2023
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 52 years

4.1

Rating: 4.1

| 188 reviews
EF International Language Center

I loved the course, the teachers, staff in general. They are super professional!

6 February 2023
Course: Intensive Course + Accommodation - 2 weeks
Student age: 42 years

4.3

Rating: 4.3

| 6 reviews
Actilangue

Very nice teachers, good course material

31 January 2023
Course: Course No 2 - Half Intensive - 2 weeks
Student age: 28 years

4.3

Rating: 4.3

| 100 reviews
KathrinActilangue
International House

The school is well located, has ample space, and air-conditioned and adjustable classrooms.

25 January 2023
Course: General French Course - GR20 - 3 weeks
Student age: 33 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 103 reviews
Azurlingua, ecole de langues

Very nice building with a beautiful inner court and garden. Very friendly and helpful staff. Good teaching methods.

31 August 2022
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 33 years

4.1

Rating: 4.1

| 188 reviews

Information about Nice

Why Nice? Nice is situated in the south of France on the Cote d'Azur. It is an old historic city also known for its boulevard, Le Promenade des Anglais, the lively old quarter and the wide sweep of Mediterranean seafront. The cuisine Niçoise is worth investigating with treats such as Socca, Panisse, Pissaladière and Pan Bagnat to name just a few of the local delights from the city. One of the most enticing things about Nice is its perfect annual climate which attracts visitors throughout the year. Nice is divided into a modern, cosmopolitan city which is bubbling with innovation and the old,colourful quarter, packed to the brim with history. There is something for everyone in this fabulous city.
What we like about Nice

The charming city of Nice has perfect temperatures year round. Even the wettest months boast of more than 20 days of sunshine. Nice is located in the French Riviera whose habitat ranges from long stretches of sandy white beaches to excellent hiking trails in the hills. Nice is close to the border of Italy, which makes it a foodie’s dream. A mixture of the French cuisine with strong Italian influences results in a scrumptious local cuisine. There are a lot of cultural events going on throughout the year. Check well in advance and see if you can combine your visit with a jazz festival or carnival. Make the most of your study abroad experience!

What we dislike about Nice

Nice has a lot of cultural influences, which means it is not viewed as an authentic French experience like other larger French cities. Despite this, many people still spend their vacations in this beautiful city. Due to the excellent temperatures, this means that the city is crowded for most of the year. Prices are also high throughout the year, but with a bit of forward planning, it is still possible to find reasonably priced accommodation.

Population:   339,000
Elevation: 25 m. above sea level
Time zone: +11h. (GMT +1)
Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.0705 USD)
Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01 Dec. 2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of France in your country. List of embassies and consulates of France on the official website - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.
High season: July
Low season: December
Average course price per week (High season): 430 €
Average course price per week (Low season): 375 €
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Price index excluding rent: 87* (13% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index including rent: 60* (40% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:78* (22% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (France average): 4.46 €
    (7% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type E
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz
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Night-time Temperature
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec40 °F45 °F50 °F55 °F60 °F65 °F70 °F75 °F80 °F85 °FTemperature in °F
Hours of Sunshine
4.85.46.57.68.79.9119.986.65.24.9
Water Temperature
55.4 °F53.6 °F55.4 °F57.2 °F60.8 °F68 °F71.6 °F73.4 °F69.8 °F66.2 °F60.8 °F57.2 °F
Rainfall
69mm45mm39mm69mm45mm34mm12mm18mm73mm133mm104mm93mm
Best time to take a language course in Nice
February
Carnival
Carnival

17 February 2024 - 03 March 2024Carnival in Nice is one of the most important carnival events around the world, in a league with Rio and Venice. Parades, paper maché characters and elegant flower battles, the celebrations, both day and night, continue for a little more than two weeks.

May
Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival

14 May 2024 - 25 May 2024The prestigious Cannes Festival is one of the most important film festivals internationally. An invitation-only event, the festival showcases European films especially, but not exclusively.

F1 (Monaco Grand Prix)
F1 (Monaco Grand Prix)

24 May 2024 - 26 May 2024Stage of the F1 Grand Prix

Casino
Casino
Saint-Tropez Beach
Saint-Tropez Beach
Vieille Ville
Vieille Ville
Cimiez
Cimiez
Nice
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Nice Côte d'Azur International (NCE) - 6 km. from Nice city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 30 minutes, 10 minutes.

Main stops: St-Laurent-du-Var, Nice Ville

Every 60 minutes, 25 minutes.

Main stops: Aéroport T.1, Alsace-Lorraine, Thiers/Gambetta, Gare SNCF

Taxi: 10 minutes drive to city center of Nice

Q&A - Questions and answers about Nice

  • We always ask former students in the evaluation if they have any tips for new students. You can see all these tips on our Nice page, under 'city reviews'. There are bound to be fantastic ideas about what you could do once you are there.
    Robin Rebecca Pietersma, LanguageCourse.Net - Jul 20, 2023
  • It is important to know your current language level, because then we can estimate approximately how many weeks you will need to reach the fluent French level. You can book most courses by the week, as many weeks as you like.

    And I also recommend, if you want to use your French for business purposes, to take some specialised classes for that as well. Two schools in Nice that offer business French courses are Riviera French Institute and Idiom.
    Robin Rebecca Pietersma, LanguageCourse.Net - Jul 20, 2023
  • Azurlingua in Nice has the perfect offer for you! They offer a 50+ course that includes a wine or cheese tasting, a cooking evening and excursions around Nice. Doesn't that sound great? The course has specific start dates, but let us know and we'll send them to you.
    Lisa Saskia Schiwy, LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 29, 2023
  • Azurlingua (8-12 years old) and Riviera French Institute (4-17 years old) both have options for young students. Azurlingua most likely only has the kids course running during summer, while Riviera has lessons all year round, starting every Monday.
    Robin Rebecca Pietersma, LanguageCourse.Net - Feb 20, 2023
  • Senior courses (50+) in nice are generally available in February, May, September and December. These are available for 1 or 2-week programmes.
    Fraser Provan , LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 16, 2022
  • Yes, usually the first available dates are in early to mid-January and during the year at least one date every month. The minimum level required to enter is B1 and the schools check with a pre-test whether or not the student can enter the preparatory course for the exam. As it is a specialized course in addition to the set dates it also has a mandatory duration.
    Antonio Zoppo, LanguageCourse.Net - Nov 21, 2022
  • That is great. If you are looking for the Mediterranean coast, Nice, Montpellier or Cannes could be a very good fit for you.

    We have many options for immersion programmes with Homestay accommodation in these areas, giving you a great chance to live the full immersion experience of studying in France.



    Please let us know your requested dates, either via our chat or email, and we will get some quotes over to you straight away.
    Fraser Provan, LanguageCourse.net - May 05, 2022
  • The schools can arrange one-to-one lessons at the language school, however, if students are interested in a specific school we can always check with the school if they would be willing to arrange lessons in cafés or any other place outside of the school. Lessons outside of the school may involve additional costs (e.g. travel expenses of the teacher).
    Angela Ligartova, Languagecourse.net - Mar 03, 2022

FAQ about schools in Nice

  • None of the schools in Nice offer scholarship or financial discounts.
    Angela Ligartova, Language Travel Consultant English from LanguageCourse.Net - Sep 29, 2023
  • The minimum required age for the adult courses in Nice is 16 - 17 years. The adult programmes don't have a maximum age therefore older students can attend as well. We can't guarantee the age of students as it depends on the language level of students, however the average age during summer is lower: 20-26 years. Older students might be attending the courses as well. The Actilangue school in Nice offers a junior course for 16-20 year old students, however students under the age of 18 years can only book homestay accommodation. The Azurlingua school offers courses for 12-17 year old students with accommodation in residence. Availability always has to be checked with the school.
    Angela Ligartova, Language Travel Consultant English from LanguageCourse.Net - May 31, 2023
  • None of our partner schools offer 30 plus courses. The average age at the schools is 22-28 years. Students are placed with the right group according to their level. They get along well during the lesson as their language level and their goals are the same.
    Angela Ligartova, Language Travel Consultant English from LanguageCourse.Net - May 03, 2023
  • The Azurlingua, ecole de langues language school offers many different options for juniors (8-17 year old students) during summer. Students can book the lessons only in the morning (20 lessons per week from Monday to Friday, schedule: 8:45 - 12:00). They may book the day programme, which includes the mentioned course, lunch from Monday to Saturday, 4 cultural or sport activities per week, 1 half-day excursion per week and 1 full-day excursion on Saturday. They can also book the junior package which includes French lessons, full board accommodation in homestay or residence, activities and excursion, airport transfer (return trip).
    Angela Ligartova, Consultant from LanguageCourse.net - Apr 14, 2022
  • The senior courses in Nice are not in the summer holidays. They are usually in spring or autumn. In the summer months, there are many young students on the road and so most schools choose to form good groups based on language level, rather than age.

    You can also join the general French course as a senior. I checked which school has the highest average age in the summer months in Nice and that is International House Nice (summer 25, all year 30). Furthermore Actilangue, Nice, France (summer 20, whole year 30) and Azurlingua, ecole de langues (summer 22, whole year 25) are also very good options and you are more than welcome in the general French courses.
    Robin Rebecca Pietersma, Dutch Consultant from LanguageCourse.net - Mar 02, 2022

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