Studying in Nice Sophia-Antipolis

DSTI Nice Sophia-Antipolis Campus
950 Route des Colles
Les Templiers, Sophia-Antipolis
06410 Biot, France

Nice, France, with its very fitting name, is unlike any other city a student could study abroad in. With its famously spectacular beaches along the French Riviera, its towering mountain ranges and explorative trails, its libraries full of fascinating history and legends, and its quick accessibility to neighbouring European countries, Nice offers relaxation, adventure, history, and so much more.

Arguably the most talked about aspect of Nice is its location on the French Riviera. As part of the Southeast coast of France and neighbouring Italy, the French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, is one of the most well-known and popular resorts in the world. With seemingly endless beaches, spectacular hotels, and unforgettable shops, the French Riviera plays host to everyone from the world’s biggest celebrities to the average family looking for the ultimate vacation. It is also attached to Cannes, which plays host to the Cannes Film Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the industry.

Nice, which is the administrative capital of the Alpes-Maritimes Department, offers more than magnificent beach resorts, however. It is a very culturally diverse city with strong Italian and Corsican influences and a large influx of immigrants from as far as Africa being added into the melting pot. The location of the city allows easy access to other French cities as well as Italy, Spain, and other European countries. It has spectacular mountain ranges with impressive nature trails and relishes in its small town feel despite its high tourist rate.

Sophia-Antipolis is a technology park northwest of Antibes and southwest of Nice, France. Much of the park falls within the commune of Valbonne. Created in 1970-1984, it houses primarily companies in the fields of computing, electronics, pharmacology and biotechnology. Several institutions of higher learning are also located here, along with the European headquarters of W3C and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.

In the early years, one of the main challenges of Sophia-Antipolis was to connect people and to create a sense of community. The “Human Factor” is what was to distinguish the Science and Technology Park in the world as a landmark of science, invention, innovation and research. It was to focus on building an international environment, creating an international community. This means taking into account and improving tenant interaction, networking and cross-fertilisation of ideas.

The concept was that bringing together people from different intellectual horizons and “making” them meet, would bring added value and generate innovation. Many professional clubs were thus launched, of which the Sophia Business Angels club, the Sophia Nordic Link, Art Sophia and Telecom Valley are just a few.