French Language School Nice: study abroad French - Practical Information

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French courses abroad in a language school in France
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Study French in Nice - French Riviera - France.

My arrival in Nice

Do I need a visa to come to study French in France?
Nationals of the European Union don’t need a visa. Special agreements exist with other countries and might allow you to stay for up to 3 months without visa.
For detailed information have a look at: http://www.diplomatie.fr/venir/visas/

What do I have to bring along (clothes, etc) ?
You can find all you need in Nice. To get an idea about the weather: in winter temperatures are between 11 and 15°C (50 and 60 °F), in spring and autumn between 16 and 22°C (60 and 70 °F) and in summer between 23 and 30°C (75 and 90 °F). Voltage for electronic devices is 220/240 volts.

If I come by car or motorbike, what do I need to know?

  • We drive on the right side and speed limit is as following: 110 Km/h (65 miles) on the motorway and 50 Km/h (30 miles) in town.
  • Alcohol limit is of 0,5 g for 1 litre of blood. This corresponds to about 2 glasses of wine.
  • Security belts have to be fastened at front and back seats of the car.
  • You are not allowed to use a mobile phone while driving.
  • Motorcyclists have to wear a crash helmet and have to put headlights on.
  • Always fix your motorbike or bicycle to a solid base by using a thief-proof lock.
  • Never leave personal affaires (bags, coats…) or values in your car.

How much « pocket money » will I need during my stay in a French language school?
Currency in France is the Euro.
To get an idea of your budget, here some prices in Nice : 1 coffee : 1,80 € // 1 coca-cola : 3 € // 1 pizza : 8,50 € // 1 sandwich : 3,50 € // 1 lunch : 12 € // 1 entrance in a disco including a drink: 20 € // 1 car rent for a weekend : 100 € // 1 cinema entrance : 10 € // 1 entrance fee to a museum : between 2 and 5 € // 1 bus fare 1,50 €.

Which network is the best for my mobile phone?
In France, 90% of mobile communications are covered by 3 main networks: Orange – SFR – Bouygues.

Life in Nice

Is Nice really expensive?
Nice isn’t more expensive than other European cities of the same impact. Like in any other tourist place, you will of course have to pay more for your coffee. Private beaches, cafés of 4 star hotels or the pedestrian zone mean a price increase of 30 to 70%. It is the same for your meals and your night life. The price for a drink in a well-known pub will be 2 to 3 times higher than in an ordinary place.

I’m ill, what should I do?
If it is urgent, you should go to the the emergency of the Saint Roch hospital:

  • Hôpital Saint Roch (24/24h) - 5 Rue Pierre Dévoluy, Nice - Tel. : +33 4 92 03 33 75

If you can’t go on your own, call 18 or 15 to get an ambulance.
In other cases you might only need a doctor’s visit at your home:

  • S.O.S. Médecins - Tel. : +33 4 93 85 01 01
  • Médecins de garde - Tel. : +33 4 93 53 03 03

Administration and doctors are English – speaking.

 

Emergency pharmacy (from 7 pm to 8.30 am – 7/7)

  • Pharmacy Masséna - 7 Rue Masséna, Nice - Tel.: +33 4 93 87 78 94
  • Pharmacy Riviera - 66 Avenue Jean Médecin, Nice - Tel.: +33 4 93 62 54 44

The formula E111 has to be given to the C.P.A.M. – International Relations, Tel.: 04 92 09 42 64.

Where is my consulate?
Any information at « Secrétariat Général du Corps Consulaire des Alpes-Maritimes » in Nice. Tel.: +33 4 93 88 01 49 or under the link http://www.nice-coteazur.org

Is Nice a dangerous city?
Nice isn’t more dangerous than any other big touristic city in France or in Europe. But you have to pay attention to pickpockets. Especially during summer, take care of your bags in public places (bus, pubs, beach, etc.). At night, we recommend to go home together with other students. You can also take the bus (1,50 € the fare and the night bus is running until 1.30am) or a taxi (about 15€, but ask for the price in advance).

Police? Call 17!
Or contact the Commissariat Central de Police:
1 Avenue Maréchal Foch, Nice – Tel.: +33 4 92 17 22 22

At what time do shops and banks close?
Usually shops are open from 9 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday.
Banks, post offices and administrations are open from 8.30 am to 5 pm.