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The Institut Catholique d’Etudes Supérieures, (ICES) “Catholic Institute of Higher Studies” is a small private college in La Roche sur Yon, in the Vendée region of France. Its educational model, the University School, is a combination of the French public university model and the Grand Ecole. ICES has academic programs in the following areas: Law, History, Languages, French Literature & Classics, Biology, Mathematics & Physics, and Political Science.

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Program Costs for academic year 2019-2020

Directly billed by John Carroll University

  • Tuition : $ 20,615
  • Administrative Fee: $1000

Total Billed: $ 21,615

Estimated indirect costs (not billed by John Carroll University)

  • Room: $1500
  • Housing Deposit (refundable): $370
  • Housing Application Fee: $26
  • Internet Access: $47
  • Board: $700 (Meal plans are available – 10 meals for 30 Euros)
  • Health Insurance: $263 (203 Euro), additional insurance for extended stays is available for $40/month through CISI
  • Transportation: $1300
  • Textbooks: $300
  • Personal Expenses: $4500
  • Visa: $140
  • Campus France Fee: $190
  • Total Indirect costs: $9,375

Total Semester budget: $ 30,990

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Housing arrangements are made through the International Relations Office at ICES. Most students will live in apartments near campus. There is a housing stipend from the French government, which is available to JCU students and must be applied for after arrival at ICES. This stipend covers up to 40% of the cost of housing.

Financial Aid

Students are eligible to use all John Carroll University financial aid, with the exception of work-study. Additional scholarship funds may be available from external sources.


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The deadline for applications to study abroad for Fall Semester is March 1, and for Spring Semester is October 1.


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