Why study French literature and Classics at ICES ?

Why choose literature studies ?


This course, above all, helps students acquire an excellent command of the French language, written skills as well as oral (communication skills) and also gives them a solid literary and general culture. The broad based study program allows students to evolve and develop the necessary versatility for today's professional careers.

Modern Literature

Students acquire tools and knowledge through a teaching content that is both classical (classics and comparative literature...) and contemporary (fantasy literature, science fiction...). Students have a number of options: languages, drama, writing workshops, journalism, political sciences, photo-video... ICES also offers students work experience opportunities (newspapers, publishing houses...).


Apart from a sound knowledge basis in language and literature (Latin, Greek, French), students can also take subjects in Hellenic or Hebrew civilization and learn Greek and Modern Hebrew.

Future in teaching... or many other professions

The option "Training for the Teaching Professions" prepares students for the teaching profession competitive exams and allows them to participate in internships in primary, middle and secondary schools.

Thanks to the variety of core subjects and other options available, those students who prefer, can gradually determine their future careers in the publishing professions (text genetics, manuscript editing...), political sciences, journalism, cultural professions or communication

The results speak for themselves

Almost 90% of students successful in obtaining their Licence (Bachelor equivalent)., a high rate of success among ICES students in competitive exams and... in their professional lives as well !

After the Licence

After obtaining a Licence, students can start the second study cycle which opens the way to the CAPES and Agrégation competitive exams, to other types of exams at level A, or, through a Doctorate, to higher education and research in universities or research institutes.

The International Dimension

Students in the 3rd year can do one or two study semesters in Quebec, Nova Scotia, Greece, Italy or Spain. Students in 4th year can do one semester in Israel. These foreign stays are organized at catholic or non-confessional universities and students are helped by the International Relations Office of ICES to organize these stays. The course of study abroad is integrated into the French diploma which greatly adds value to a student's CV.

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