Université Côte d’Azur: Migration Studies

The Master in Migration Studies (MMS) is a new international, multidisciplinary specialisation provided by Université Côte d’Azur within 3 Master programmes: social sciences, international and European law, and political science. It provides students with in-depth knowledge and specific skills in the field of migration, asylum, integration and discrimination. It is an excellent preparation for further academic study or careers in international organisations, NGOs, local and national administration, or the media.

For more information, please see http://web.univ-cotedazur.fr//en/education/trouver-sa-formation-1/masters/parcours/migration-studies/

Course offer

  • Master 1 (M1) provides a general grounding in one of the three main disciplinary fields (taught in French), while also introducing students to the broad field of migration and ethnic studies (through 2 multidisciplinary courses taught in English). Please see the detailed M1 syllabus for: social sciences, political science, international and European law.
  • Master 2 (M2) offers an advanced-level specialisation in migration and ethnic studies. The specialisation in Migration studies is offered jointly by 3 different masters’s degrees: in social sciences, in political sciences and in international and European law. Students have to choose their disciplinary major by choosing to be enrolled in one of these Master’s degrees. Most courses are common to the 3 degrees and based on a pluridisciplinary approach. The language of instruction is English. Migration and ethnic issues are approached through disciplinary courses (e.g. history of migration, asylum law, sociology of interethnic relations, etc.) and interdisciplinary seminars focusing on specific topics (such as human trafficking, prejudice and discrimination, for example). Students also acquire methodological skills in research and analysis (qualitative and quantitative techniques, methodologies in legal studies). They gain organizational skills through dedicated courses and training experiences. To be accepted directly into the second year, Master 2, students should have previously completed a 1-year postgraduate degree, or have at least a Bachelor degree and be able to demonstrate their interest and experience in the field of migration and ethnic studies. Please see the M2 syllabus for more details.

Language of study

The languages of study at the Université Côte d’Azur are French and (partially) English. For the Master’s programme in Migration Studies:

  • Master 1: 85% French and 15% English
  • Master 2: English only

Online French courses are available here https://www.fun-mooc.fr/courses/univnantes/31001S02/session02/about

For more information, please see http://web.univ-cotedazur.fr//en/international/international-mobility/venir-a-univ-cote-dazur/Erasmus-exchangestudents#.XyZv5UlS_OQ

Language Resource Centre (CRL) http://www.unice.fr/scl/crl/

Practical Information


  • A Room or flat at a student accommodation ranges between 150 and 300 euros per month, depending on size and the location. The University can provide accommodation. Please note that University accommodation is means-tested and the number of rooms is limited. For more information about university accommodation, please contact the CROUS: http://www.crous-nice.fr/
  • Private, furnished studio or room in a shared flat ranges between 250-300 euros minimum.

International students should find accommodation before they leave to France.

The CAF (Caisse d’Allocations Familiales) offers financial support (APL or ALS) to both French and international students for accommodation expenses (150€/month). This is paid from the second month of living in the accommodation.

Visa requirements

Depending on your nationality and the duration of your stay, you may need to obtain a visa to study in France.

If you are a citizen of a country in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, an identity card is sufficient and there is no need for a visa.

If you are a national from outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you must take the necessary steps with the Consulate or Embassy of France in the country of your current residence. Remember that your passport is essential and must be valid for at least the entire duration of the stay:

  • VLS – TS Student Visa : "Visa long séjour valant titre de séjour" (VLS/TS) for a duration of 4 to 12 months. This visa allows you to pursue studies at a higher education institution in France for a minimum duration of 4 months. The normal validity period of the long-stay visa is one year. This visa is renewable. Holders of the VLS-TS visa marked "étudiant" are exempted from applying for a temporary residence permit in the first year of their stay in France. However, you must carry out formalities with the OFII upon your arrival in France in order to validate your visa. Be careful: in the case of non-compliance with this requirement, the VLS-TS visa will lose its validity. This visa is extendable for the continuation of studies in France
  • VLS – T Visa : “Visa long séjour temporaire” for a duration of 4 to 12 months. This visa also makes it possible for you to pursue studies in France for a maximum duration of one year. The VLS-T visa waives all formalities with the OFII and the residence permit requirement. This visa is not extendable on French territory. A web site established by the French Government, allows you to check if you need to apply for a visa (by using a simulation) and provides all the detailed information, including where to submit your application, the list of documents to be provided, the cost of the visa and other important information. For more information, please see http://web.univ-cotedazur.fr//en/international/international-mobility/venir-a-univ-cote-dazur/Erasmus-exchangestudents#.XyZv5UlS_OQ

Health insurance

For students from the European Union, European Economic Area, or Switzerland

Holders of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are covered by the corresponding social security agency in their home country, which will continue to take care of their reimbursements. In case of illness, there is only a co-payment due after presenting the EHIC.

If you do not have an EHIC or a temporary certificate, you must register with the French health insurance agency on the website etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr.

  • For students not from the European Union nor European Economic Area

These students must register on the website (etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr). This procedure enables a portion of all healthcare charges to be covered by the French health insurance agency upon arriving in France.

The following are required to register:

  • ID (national identity card, passport, etc.)
  • Proof of registration at an institution of higher education for the academic year in question
  • Bank account details (RIB) for reimbursements
  • Civil status certificate for the attribution of an ID number (social security number). Permissible documents are:
  • Full copy of the birth certificate
  • Extract from the birth certificate with parents listed (or any such document issued by a consulate)
  • Family record book
  • Marriage certificate
  • Residence permit (For information on the procedure to obtain one, contact the French consulate in your country or consult the information available on https://www.campusfrance.org/en/the-different-types-of-visas

Home insurance

On arrival in France, if the student rents the same accommodation for more than one month, he has to take out a home insurance. This subscription is mandatory and covers the risks and damages related to student housing (e.g. fire, theft, water damage ....) for a maximum of one year. The contract must be renewed each year. If the student moves, the contract evolves because the characteristics taken into account in the evaluation of the pricing are no longer the same. It is therefore important to warn the insurance company during the move to ensure the protection of the new place of residence.

The home insurance generally offers the assumption of liability insurance. This insurance is obligatory and makes it possible to compensate an individual if the student unintentionally causes him damage or deteriorates one of his property. If this insurance is not included in the student's home insurance policy, it can be purchased separately from any insurance company

Mentor system

We know that it is not easy to study in a new country, with different cultural practices and new University rules to adapt to. That is why the University has set up a buddy system between students. Your French buddy will help you in your everyday life in Nice, on a wide range of issues: life and rules at the University, leisure activities, cultural events, learning the French language, and so on. This will help you integrate into the University and the city. Your buddy will also be happy to learn about a new culture and a new language, thanks to you!

There are two possibilities:

  1. You can choose to have a buddy in a different study programme at the University of Nice. For more information on this system, please see http://nice.ixesn.fr/buddysystem
  2. Or you can opt for a buddy who is also part of the Master in Migration Studies. Information about volunteer students will be given to you by the programme coordinator at the beginning of the academic year.

For more information about international mobility, please see http://web.univ-cotedazur.fr//en/international/international-mobility/venir-a-univ-cote-dazur/Erasmus-exchangestudents#.X5viZJNKjUp

Estimated Expenses (in €, as of 2020)

Costs per Month
Accommodation Costs € 150 – 600 (depending on category)
Food and drink € 200 - 350
Study, Personal Requirements € 70 – 150
Local transportation
Tram monthly card 28,60€

Nomination and application procedure for pre-selected incoming candidates

  • Nomination deadline
    • May/June for first semester (September-January)
    • October/November for the second semester (January-June)
  • Application

Accepted student receive a confirmation e-mail within 4 weeks after the application deadline at the latest.

Contact person and further details

EuMIGS academic coordinator:

Lucie Bargel

Programme Coordinator

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EuMIGS administrative contacts:

Magsud SAFIN

Head of International Office

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Marie-George GROUSSET

Erasmus Coordinator

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