Sophia Antipolis


Sophia Antipolis (the Silicon Valley of Europe) is a technology park . It is located 20 minutes inland from the Mediterranean Sea, halfway between Nice and Cannes on the French Riviera in Southern France. Much of the park falls within the commune of Valbonne. Sophia Antipolis is named after Sophie Glikman-Toumarkine, the wife of French Senator Pierre Laffitte, founder of the park, and incidentally, Sophia, the Greek word for wisdom, and Antipolis, the ancient Greek name of Antibes. Many of the roads within the technology park have Greek names. There is a giant sculptured Greek urn as a centre-piece on one of the roundabouts.

However most students studying in Sophia Antipolis, live in Cannes. Cannes is one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes film festival. It is a Commune of France in the Alpes-Maritimes department. The city is also famous for its various luxury shops, restaurants, and hotels.

Cannes is an ideal place to live for students. The city has it all: sunshine, sandy beaches, a magnificent bay and a historic city centre . Moreover you can find casinos, shop, and discothèques.

Furthermore you have a very good connection from Cannes to the rest of Europe. If you want to travel by train you have the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport close by (24km). TGV rail services to the Gare de Cannes provide access from major French cities, including Nice, Marseille, Lyon, Paris and Toulouse and many other cities outside France. In addition Bus and Ferry Services are offered.

Universities in Sophia Antipolis

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