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The French Riviera (La Côte d’Azur), between glitter and Provençal landscapes, offers a pleasant climate all year round which delights its residents and tourists. The sea on one side, the mountains on the other. The French Riviera possesses exceptional panoramas and proposes numerous attractions favored by this environment.

But beyond the charm of its natural beauty, it is also steeped in culture, a cross between French, Italian and Corsican cultures. With a dominant Niçoise vein, it offers fine, tasty souvenirs as well as unforgettable visual wonders. From folkloric dance, to the local language, to gastronomy (socca, pan bagna, salade niçoise...), you will be surprised to discover this traditional culture which is rich in colors and flavors.

Finally, there are many must-see places to see along the French Riviera, such as the Promenade des Anglais, which spreads out along the Mediterranean Sea with 7.5 kilometers of sunny beaches, the Fort Carré and its protected park, or the Croisette and its Palais des Festivals and Congrès.


UCA Welcome Center, your point of entry


The Welcome Center essentially hosts invited UCA researchers, doctoral students and teachers. This service is dedicated to the accompaniment of researchers and teachers in their administrative procedures and to help them integrate locally. The Welcome Center is member of EURAXESS France and is one of the 31 EURAXESS service centers in France. Fill in the online EURAXESS registration form for yourself and your spouse to join our community and benefit from a personalized service.

The Welcome Center offers invited researchers, post-doctoral students and doctoral students, housing between 20m2 and 64m2, from studios to two-bedroom units at very moderate rates at the Faculty Club Nice Olivier Chesneau. Studio appartments at the Faculty Club Sophia Antipolis Isaac Newton are bow also available. This lodging is short-term (three months maximum, according to availability) to give new arrivals the chance to get started in Nice and in the region and to calmly look for long-term housing.

The Welcome Center also organizes events with the goal of bringing scientists and their families together, allowing them to meet people and to assimilate the habits and customs of the country. Go to the meeting section

The following links provide more useful information to prepare your stay in France and help you settle in:

- Campus France,


- Fondation Alfred Kastler

- Welcome to France by Business France

- Living in France by the French Ministry of the Interior


Doctoral students should contact the center for doctoral schools (maison des études doctorales) for information regarding their doctoral studies at Université Côte d'Azur.


Contact us using the form below or give us a call at 04 89 15 12 26 to make an appointment and meet the Welcome Center team at the Maison de l'Etudiant Olivier Chesneau.