The Catholic Institute of Higher Studies (ICES) is a small private university located in the Vendée region of western France, just 20 minutes from the Atlantic coast.
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.