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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

Directly billed by John Carroll University

  • Tuition : JCU Tuition including Federal, State, and JCU aid
  • Administrative Fee: $1000


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: $625 , additional insurance for extended stays is available for $40/month through CISI
  • Transportation: $1700
  • Textbooks: $300
  • Personal Expenses: $6000
  • Visa: $140
  • Campus France Fee: $190
  • Total Indirect costs: $11,637


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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 September 1.







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More information regarding the total cost of attendance can be found here.