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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Academic Area: French
Program Type: Faculty-Led Program Housing Options: Off-campus student housing
Language of Instruction: English, French
Program Description:

Summer in Nice, France 2018: France and the French
Travel Dates: June 29 - August 5, 2018
Course Session Dates: June 18 - August 9, 2018

Program Closed for 2018
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Program Overview

Immerse yourself in the vast cultural accomplishments and artistic expressions of Nice, the Côte d'Azur and Provence.  Located on the Mediterranean just 25 miles from the Italian border, Nice is an excellent base for discovering the rich and varied towns of Cannes, Monaco, Eze, Menton and the remarkable small towns of Italy, all of them laden with historical and cultural significance.  Faculty-led excursions feature the Archeological and Matisse museums in Nice; the Medieval Grimaldi castle housing the Picasso Museum in Antibes; the Fernand Léger Museum in Biot; the Fondation Maeght, home to many of the greatest artistic achievements of the early 20th Century; the Chapelle du Rosaire created by Matisse; the medieval perched villages of Gourdon, and Saint-Paul de Vence; an olive oil tasting in a 13th century mill; a wine tasting at a traditional vineyard; a cheese tasting at a farm; a ride through the fabled Golden Corniche; a visit to the first Cistercian monastery in France; and a final celebratory dinner in a tribute to the gastronomy of Nice.  Students may also visit this region’s many other offerings independently.  All municipal museums in Nice are free to students and public transportation is inexpensive, safe and easy to use.
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Participants stay in studio apartments equipped with a kitchenette and private bath facilities in a modern residence centrally located near the lively Vieux Nice historical district, which runs right along the Mediterranean Sea.  Linens, towels and cleaning are provided by the residence and Montclair State University has stockpiled dishes, cookware and fans stored in the residence and waiting for our arrival. Participants may prepare their own meals or eat in the many local restaurants and cafés offering authentic Nice specialties at reasonable prices.  Personnel at our residence are particularly warm and helpful, with excellent 24-hour building security.
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Dr. Joanna Dezio, the Program Director teaches interpretation and translation at Montclair State University and French and Italian at New York University. She received her PhD in French from New York University and is a conference interpreter whose clients include the United Nations, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, the U.S.  Department of State, intellectual property and other law firms, selected corporations, the federal and state courts, television networks, the French Embassy and various entities within the French government.  She has studied and taught in France and Germany and has traveled widely.  Her interpreting includes certain yearly conferences held in Nice, Monaco and Paris. Professor Dezio has directed Montclair in Nice since 2004.
Dr. Dezio
Academics: All undergraduates, including French majors and minors select two courses from among the following

FRIN 208 or FREN 208 or HIST 299
:    Mediterranean Civilization and the Origins of French Culture
This course explores the principles of life and culture that have made the Mediterranean region fertile ground for creativity and the art of living well for millennia. Students will study the major innovations of the Roman Empire and the artistic, philosophical and political contributions of Mediterranean cultures with respect to their impact on our lives today.  They will consider the various ways that so many brilliant cultures in the Mediterranean have interacted over time and discuss their significance to our interdependent contemporary world. French majors and minors register for FREN 208 and do their written work in French, guided by Professor Dezio. All others register for FRIN 208 or HIST 299 and do their written work in English. This class will meet every afternoon, with field trips on Wednesday afternoons. Taught in English by Prof. Dezio.

FREN 375-71: French Study Abroad: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Levels of French Grammar and Conversation
Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced French language and civilization courses are taught by faculty from the Université Internationale d'été de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, within the University of Nice.  Each year the UIEN attracts international students from around the world, representing as many as 35 countries. UIEN professors teach all levels of grammar and conversation workshops. This course includes 15 hours per week of all levels of language instruction in small groups. All the courses are designed according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages guidelines. Held at the University of Nice. Taught primarily in French by University of Nice faculty.

FREN 375-72 (Advanced Undergraduate) or FREN 501-72 (Graduate) Study Abroad: Workshops at the University of Nice
These afternoon workshops aim to optimize students’ linguistic mastery of French and to enhance their knowledge of French culture, literature, politics or civilization.  Students will choose two from among several workshops on an advanced level and will write a short paper on their chosen subjects, to be graded by Dr. Dezio. Taught entirely in French by University of Nice faculty. Advanced Undergraduate French majors and Graduate French majors:

FREN 470/ FREN 501-71: “Role of the Arts in the Development of French Society” Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate
What enables one nation to assign a seminal role to the arts, while another considers them expendable?  One reason may be that nation’s beliefs about its origins. Non-native Americans have been taught traditionally to equate their origins with industrialization and their coming of age with war.  But other societies have a much older, pre-industrial consciousness of coming into being, often related to a poem.  La Chanson de Roland in France is one such work; Gilgamesh in Iraq, The Aeneid in Italy and the many Native American genesis stories are others. All of these works offer an identity to a people and forge its values.  What differences might this poetic identification make in a people’s view of the world, its judgment of others, its desire to experience other cultures? How does pre-industrial memory color present day decision-making, personal or political? In this course, we will study the development of the arts in France with the goal of discovering the connection between an identity grounded in the arts as a supreme value and the manifestation of that identity and value in the society itself. This class will meet every morning. Taught entirely in French by Professor Dezio.  

FRIN 145      The Politics of Food: French Gastronomy as a Political Tool      
Gastronomy has been and remains central to French life and politics. This course will examine this tradition from a historical perspective but will also give you sensory experiences. French culinary experts will take you through ancient marketplaces and contemporary producers of traditional products, explaining their use and their history. Taught in English

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Estimated Program Costs: $1,800 plus optional group airfare $1,400 plus tuition and fees for six credits (approx. $2,100). The group airfare is available if a minimum of 10 participants commit by March 15. The program cost includes:
  • Studio apartment with private bath and kitchenette
  • All group excursions, including transportation and entrance fees
  • Wine, olive oil and cheese tasting
  • A celebratory final dinner in Nice
Participants may opt into the group airfare or make their own travel arrangements. The group airfare cost is $1,400.
Confirmation and payment for group airfare due by March 15*. The minimum for group airfare is 10 passengers.
Program Payment Schedule
March 15th 750.00
March 15th (For Optional Airfare Only)* 1400.00
April 15th 1000.00
May 15th $50 (to be confirmed)

Estimated Out of Pocket Expenses:
Participants should plan to pay out of pocket for certain expenses on site.
  • Food: Between $500 and $800 for food depending on how often you cook and how often you eat out. This does not include alcohol or personal entertainment expenditures.
  • Museums and Entrance Fees: mostly free
  • Local transportation: under $50
  • Textbooks- provided
  • Insurance- Required study abroad insurance for approximately $50. 
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Participants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and be in good standing.
Due March 15, 2018:
  1. Office of International Engagement online application, including recommendation
  2. Pre-enrollment Form confirming academic advising interview and approval by the faculty director;
  3. $100 application fee.
  By March 15, 2018
      1.$750 deposit DUE UPON ACCEPTANCE
      2. Optional group airfare $1,400 DUE MARCH 15
      3. Scan of passport uploaded into online study abroad account

Applications will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis.
For Further Information: Contact the Office of International Engagement at 973-655-4185 or email

For information about the program on the ground in Nice or on French courses contact the program director, Prof. Joanna Dezio, at 646-505-7079 or by email at
Office of International Engagement -
Student Center Annex Rm. 207,
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043

Tel: 973 655-4185
Fax: 973 655-7654


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.