Application guidelines

IMPORTANT NOTICE: all documents not written either in English or in French must be accompanied by an official translation. Translations can be done by your previous University, as some offer this service, or by a certified translator.

All our programs have a specific list of mandatory and optional documents to provide. 
In order to help with your application, we provide guidelines for the documents you have to provide

Cover Letter
  • The cover letter must be in English, one-page long
  • It can be handwritten or typed
  • It must explain your motivation for applying to the program and present your career objectives
Transcripts & Diplomas
  • You must compile all your transcripts in one PDF file (three or four last years of studies depending on the program requirements)
  • You can submit photocopies. In case of admission, the original documents will have to be shown the day of enrollment to the Registrar, who will validate the copies as true.
  • If you have courses in progress send current provisional transcripts.
  • If you have taken extra courses since your last degree and would like those credits counted, send the appropriate transcript and list those courses on your application.
  • If you do not have the possibility of combining multiple PDFs on your computer, you can use this website
Curriculum Vitae

  • Resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae) must be up-to-date and in English, listing your professional experiences, academic achievements, etc...
  • You can also use the European standard format EUROPASS
Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Letters should be from past, current employers, or professors 
  • No more than 2 are necessary 
ID Picture
  • You must submit a recent colour photograph. 
  • It must be passport size (approx. 35x45mm or 1"3x2").
  • You must upload the photo into the appropriate section of the online application.
  • Preferred format: JPG. Other acceptable formats: GIF, TIFF, BMP or PNG. 
  • Please follow the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidelines.
Passport / ID Card

Photocopy (black and white) of one of the following documents:

  • Passport
  • National ID card
  • Certificate of Birth

Language skills (when no English test required)

Eligible candidates' English language proficiency is assessed by the Admissions Committee during the interview.
During the interview, non-English mothertongue applicants will be asked to prove before the Admissions Committe their level of English as being at least intermediate.
In other words, the candidate's English level must correspond at least to the level 'B2' in the CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

  • Applicants may add any of the following proofs to their application materials:
  • Official test score reports such as the TOEIC, Cambridge tests, TOEFL...
  • Official English language grades from recognized educational institutions,
  • Justification of language study-abroad programs,
  • Letter from language teacher(s) stating the candidate's proficiency in English, as well as the criteria used to evaluate him/her.

Proof of your English level is waived if you are native of AND/OR  have earned your higher education degree (complete curriculum in English) one of the countries listed below:
Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Christmas Island, Commonwealth Caribean, Cocos(Keeling Island), Cook Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, Jersey,  Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Isle of Man, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norfolk Island, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis,  St. Helena, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Seychelles,  Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Language test results

One of the following exams is required for admission:
Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
1 copy of the results has to be sent to the IAE from the Testing Service, as requested by the applicant on the test date.

Language Scores are valid for two (2) years after the test date.

For TOEFL: the TOEFL school code is 5999. To register for the TOEFL please visit Free TOEFL preparation information is available here. 
The minimum score required is 81 iBT (Internet Based Test)

For TOEIC: to register for the TOEIC, please visit 
The minimum score required is 800/990

For IELTS: to register for the IELTS, please visit this page.
The minimum score required is 6.5

NOTE: Should you think that you do not need to take the language  examination, please check if you match the language section above which applies to your program.

Payment options

An MBA yields a lifetime of dividends, both professionally and personally. Pursuing an MBA, however, is a serious commitment of time and money and this investment needs to be carefully considered by applicants. To help assess the financial obligations required to attend our programs you should first acquaint yourself with the fees. You should also start considering your financing possibilities (savings, student loans or scholarships) early enough.


The Université Côte d'Azur iis a Public University. As part of the French State Central Administration System, we cannot receive any payment made in cash. All due amount must be paid in one of the following ways:

by French check payable to « Agent-Comptable UNS ».
No European or foreign checks other than French can be accepted

by chip & pin card, debit or credit: Carte Bleue, VISA or MasterCard. No charge card accepted (American Express, Diners Club, CartaSi, etc...)
by wire transfer  (In this case please read carefully and follow the instructions below):


*Use the codes indicated on the wire transfer information form and make sure that this information appears on the wire transfer proof (Attention: Avoid online transactions, unless they provide acceptable wire transfer proofs, see samples below).  

*Be sure to indicate the reference "P941F+your last name and first name" and that it appears on the wire transfer proof

*Make sure that any additional bank fees related to the wire transfer must be paid by you (the sender), so that the exact amount is received by the university.    

*All payments must be paid in currency: EURO €

*Provide an acceptable wire transfer proof to the MBA office in Nice (by regular mail, e-mail or fax). Unacceptable wire transfer proofs will be rejected and applicant/student files will not be processed.

Attention: Acceptable wire transfer proofs (e.g. sample_1 and sample_2) are documents issued by the bank of the sender on letterhead of the bank and containing all necessary information in order to identify sender and beneficiary (such as name, IBAN and Swift Code of the beneficiary).

For your stay in Nice, no matter how long it is, we suggest you to open an account in a French bank. You will be given French checks and a Carte Bleue debit card, which will facilitate daily transactions.

Opening and closing bank accounts in France is free of charge in most cases. 

Component Fees Cost (approximately)
CVEC tax (1) 90,00
University Enrollment fees (2)           57,00
Tuition fees                                                                       Please refer to your program details

(1) CVEC tax ( payable to CROUS) : Contribution Vie étudiante et de Campus : 
CVEC certificate is required for enrollment. Access to sports facilities at UCA is included in the CVEC tax ( payable to CROUS). Attention : Extended learning students are note concerned. 
(2) The updated amount for each academic year is published by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research every year in July.