Grande Ecole Program

The Grande Ecole Program aims to prepare students for successful international management careers in sales and marketing (5-year Master’s degree level studies). The Grande Ecole Programme offers students a choice of 6 specialisations, integrated projects run by student clubs and societies, 20 to 30 months of business experience, 1 to 2 years of study abroad experience, the possibility of obtaining a double degree qualification and opportunities to do the Masters cycle of the programme as part of a work-study scheme (apprenticeship or vocational training contract).

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THE GRANDE ECOLE MASTERS PROGRAM IN BRIEF

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ADMISSIONS

  • Year 1 admissions: French Baccalaureate or international equivalent
  • Parallel admissions procedure: students having successfully completed between 1 and 5 years of higher education studies
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ADMISSIONS TEST

  • Year 1: Parcoursup (National central admissions system)
  • Years 2 & 3: ‘Team’ admissions test
  • Year 4: ICD admissions test
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5 YEARS OF STUDY

  • Undergraduate Cycle: 3 years
  • Masters Cycle: 2 years
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CAMPUSES

  • Paris
  • Toulouse
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BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

20 to 30 months of experience
Opportunities to do the Masters cycle of the programme as part of a work-study scheme 

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INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION

  • 16 international double degrees
  • 1 to 2 years of study abroad experience, 
  • 83 partner universities across the globe 
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TYPE OF QUALIFICATION

  • 5-year postgraduate level qualification awarded by ICD and certified by the French vocational training authorities.
  • Master’s degree qualification (Grade de Master) accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research & Innovation.
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A 5-YEAR POST-BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM OF STUDY 

UNDERGRADUATE CYCLE: DEVELOPING A GLOBAL & INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

For students applying to join the course at undergraduate level, we’ll offer you an individual and team-based human adventure…

 

Year 1: Discovering & understanding the world of business

The first year of the course at ICD focuses on ensuring you’re equipped with the fundamentals of sales and marketing.  You’ll also benefit from a first experience abroad and a short business placement allowing you to develop your personal and career projects.

 

Year 2: Developing marketing skills & an entrepreneurial mindset

In year 2, you’ll further develop the knowledge and understanding acquired in the first year.  You’ll also acquire a global approach to the way business organisations function, enabling you to develop key operational skills.

 

Year 3: Understanding international markets

In year 3, you’ll be able to develop a truly global business perspective thanks to a study abroad semester or a full year following a double degree programme.  The opportunities we’ll offer you to explore new cultures and carry out an international business placement will help you develop a different understanding of sales and marketing practices.

  • International orientation seminar (optional)
  • Semester 1: Courses taught in France 
  • Semester 2: Courses taught in Dublin + a 2 to 3-month business placement
  • Option: Franco-Chinese track

 

  • Semester 1: Courses taught in France
  • Semester 2: Courses taught in France + a 3 to 4-month business placement
  • Option: Franco-Chinese track

 

  • Semester 1: Courses taught in France OR overseas (11 double degrees)
  • Semester 2: Courses taught overseas OR Intercultural Management Semester (SMI)
  • International business placement: 3-4 months
  • Option: Franco-Chinese track

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MASTERS CYCLE: ACQUIRING SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE & DEVELOPING YOUR EMPLOYABILITY

For students applying to join the course at Master’s level, we’ll offer you opportunities to develop your employability and to acquire specialist business knowledge and skills…

 

Year 4: Developing your career project and your employability

In the first year at Master’s level you’ll start specializing in an area of business chosen from the 3 domains of expertise for which ICD is renowned: Sales, Marketing or Business Development.  We’ll help you develop your career project and equip you with specific expert skills in your chosen future sector of activity.

3 pre-specialisations: Sales, Marketing, Business development

 

Year 5: Developing specialist skills and knowledge & preparing for employment

Managers who are capable of combining specific business expertise with the ability to take a global perspective of business issues will be in high demand in the future.  The 5th year of the Grande Ecole Programme has therefore been designed to ensure our graduates have a successful start to their careers in business.

6 specialisations: Sales & marketing strategy consultancy | Customer relationship management | E-Business and digital marketing | Innovation marketing |  International business development | Purchasing, supply-chain & sustainable development

 

The Grande Ecole Masters Programme is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation by decree (02/07/2018) to award a 5-year Masters level qualification.  Decree published in the corresponding official bulletin of the French State on 30/08/2018, and registered with the National Repertoire of Professional Certifications (RNCP) - code 23500, code NSF 312m - 312v, code CPF 241455

  • ICD Paris: 70% of courses taught in English in France + business placement (6 months) OR Semester 1 in France and Semester 2 overseas or Intercultural Management Semester (SMI)
  • ICD Toulouse: Work-study scheme OR Full-time study (100% of courses taught in English + 6-month business placement overseas)

 

  • ICD Paris: Work study scheme OR 100% of courses taught overseas (5 double degrees)
  • ICD Toulouse: Work study scheme OR 100% of courses taught overseas (5 double degrees)

 

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION

Studies at a leading French Business School go hand in hand with acquiring a solid international experience.  Thanks to the opportunities offered by our campuses in Dublin or Shanghai and our partnerships with 83 universities across the globe, you’ll be able to study abroad at each stage of your course.

  • 1 to 2 years of study abroad experience
  • 16 international double degrees
  • 83 partner universities across the globe

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CAREERS & OPPORTUNITIES

ICD’s Grande Ecole Masters programme is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to award a 5-year Masters level qualification.  Our course will equip you with expertise that is recognised by business organisations, whilst giving you exciting opportunities to develop your career project.  Discover the professions for which ICD will provide you the necessary skills, and start imagining your future career now!

  • Sales & marketing strategy consultant
  • Customer relationship management
  • E-business & digital marketing
  • Innovation marketing
  • Development of events & cultural projects
  • International business development
  • Purchasing, supply-chain & sustainable development

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A STRONG BUSINESS NETWORK

 

Over 40 years, ICD has been able to develop a wide-reaching and powerful network of employers who have remained loyal to our school thanks to the proven ability of our students to succeed in a broad range of cultural and professional environments.

Currently, several hundred business organisations in France and overseas collaborate with ICD to employ our students on business placements and full-time positions upon graduation.

  • Auchan
  • Orange
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ADMISSIONS

APPLY TO STUDY AT A POST-BACCALAUREATE LEVEL GRANDE ECOLE BUSINESS SCHOOL 

 

Year 1

Final year high school students:

For entry into year 1, you must apply via the PARCOURSUP central admissions system platform.  Thanks to our online admissions test platform, you can take the written tests in the comfort of your own home or in a place of your choice!  ICD will inform you of the arrangements for taking the written and oral admissions tests once you have applied via Parcoursup.  We’ll invite you to take the oral admission tests at one of our campuses or by Skype if you live overseas.

  • Entry requirements: French Baccalaureate or its international equivalent.

 

Years 2 & 3

For admissions into years 2 and 3, candidates should apply directly via www.concours-team.net.  Please choose the place and date of your tests, and pay the application fee online.  You will then receive a notification from Concours Team to attend the written tests.  Oral tests will take place on the ICD campus of your choice.

  • Year 2 entry requirements: Candidates will be required to have passed the French Baccalaureate or its international equivalent and should provide an official certificate stating they have successfully completed a first year of higher education studies (60 ECTS credits obtained) linked to the programme study options.
  • Year 3 entry requirements: Candidates will be required to have passed the French Baccalaureate or its international equivalent and should provide an official certificate stating that they successfully completed two years of higher education studies (120 ECTS credits obtained at the same institution) linked to the programme study options.

 

Years 4 & 5

Send back your completed application form to the ICD admissions office at least 7 days before the date of the admissions test you have chosen to take.
You will then receive a notification from ICD to attend the written and oral tests, which will both take place on the same day on the ICD campus.

  • Entry requirements: Applicants are required to have the French Baccalaureate (or international equivalent) with an undergraduate level qualification (180 ECTS credits) for year 4 entry, or with a postgraduate level qualification (240 ECTS credits) for year 5 entry.  Previous qualifications should correspond with the programme of study, preferably but not exclusively in Economics, Business or Management.

 

 

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