ICES - University School TM

Our mission

Our mission is to develop free-thinking minds, which means allowing each person to be who he or she is. This is the same adventure of risk and audacity to which Christ call us.

The school's mission is to create a spirit of cooperation between teaching staff and students in the acquisition of knowledge and to establish a personalised partnership with each individual student in order to help realise his or her professional aim. ICES' 900 students follow classes, conferences and symposiums given by nationally and internationally renowned professors from France and abroad.

Our concept


The main goal of our institute is to achieve academic excellence through an enhancement of the Christian and human dimension in seven areas of study. Founded in 1989, ICES has pioneered a new concept in higher education, that of the "University School" : halfway between the French Grande École and the traditional state university.
In France, diplomas in broad subject areas such as Biology, Law, History, Languages, etc. are mostly proposed in state-run universities. The prestigious Grandes Ecoles in France are elite schools that have very high standards, selective recruitment, specialized fields of study as well as small groups with individual support and counselling.
ICES proposes state diplomas in broad study areas with pedagogical and educational standards that resemble those of a Grande Ecole.

Diverse aspects of student facilities


Computerised university library (over 100 000 works)

  • Multimedia resource centre with open access
  • State of the art technology for video conferences, satellite reception and internet
  • Specialised laboratories
  • Small student numbers
  • Recently built campus and student lodging
  • Underground car park
  • Easy access to town centre, railway station, bus station and major motorways

Most classes at ICES are taught in French so a conversational level of French is required.
However, language support can be organized upon request.

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

Nine areas of study