Why study languages at ICES ?

Constructing one's professional project


Students are encouraged to think about their future professions from the first year of their studies being required to participate in internships in enterprises or schools through the professional development options Training for the Teaching Professions or Discovery of the Professional World.

Internships in the business world allow the students to put into practice in real life situations, knowledge acquired in their Business and Tourism English courses. Those who wish, can take a National Diploma exam organised by the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce through the Business English and Travel and Tourism optional courses

The teacher training option also requires an internship and the detailed program covers the content of the competitive exam for future primary school teachers (French and mathematics) or future secondary school teachers (didactics and linguistics), giving students the best possible preparation for their future profession.

Studying abroad for one semester

The last semester of the 3rd year is spent abroad at a university in an English-speaking country (South Africa, England, Ireland, Canada) and gives students total language immersion coupled with experience of everyday life in another culture - an indispensable asset in the education of a linguist.
The semester spent abroad can, under certain conditions, benefit from an Erasmus grant or a regional scholarship.

Practicing languages

Although English is the primary foreign language studied at ICES great importance is also given to studying Spanish and German to allow students to build on knowledge previously acquired in secondary school and to improve oral expression and translation. Students can take state-organized tests in these two languages, giving additional qualifications. For students who are considering careers as translators or interpreters it is possible to take up a third, or even a fourth modern language such as Arabic, Chinese, Modern Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Polish or Russian.

After the Licence (Bachelor equivalent)

Every year language students are accepted in schools of commerce, translation, marketing, journalism, tourism as well as teacher training.

Second cycle studies

It is possible to continue studies at ICES to do a first year Masters Degree program to further knowledge of literature, civilization, translation and linguistics. This year of transition also allows students to reflect and decide upon their future careers.

Every year, the Service of International Relations offers posts as French language assistants in English-speaking countries and elsewhere in Europe (Poland, Austria...)

Professional perspectives

Many of our Language graduates become :

  • translators and interpreters,
  • Tourist Office managers,
  • national guides,
  • publicity agents,
  • international civil servants,
  • marketing managers,
  • teachers in middle and secondary schools and universities.

Erasmus and exchange students, contact the International Relations Office for more information