Institut supérieur du commerce de Paris

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ISC Paris
Established 1962
Type Private Business School
Dean Andrès Atenza
Undergraduates 2200
Location Paris, France
Campus Paris

The Institut Supérieur du Commerce (ISC Paris Business School) is a French university-level institution (grande école), a business school located in Paris, France. Its programmes consist of a core degree, a Master's degree in management according to the Bologna European higher education standards, and a MBA program offering sixteen different specializations. These courses are available both on a part-time and full-time basis. ISC Paris's degrees are accredited by the French Ministry of Education.


The ISC Paris business school was inaugurated in the autumn of 1962 at 6 avenue Léon Heuzey, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Founded by Paul Icard, director of the Institute of Industrial Sale Psychology, with the goal of training "business executives adapted to the methods of modern business." The ISC Paris was a non-profit association (law 1901) with a Board of Directors. Students were eligible for admission immediately after the earning their baccalaureate; initially the duration of study was two years. The first promotion (promo 64) was composed of thirty-eight male students. Founded in early 1963, the Board of Students of the ISC Paris directed student life and activities at the school. Extracurricular activities were a core part of the professional degrees. In 1969, the Board of Students separated from the school administration and incorporated as a separate, non-profit association. In 1970 the "Junior Enterprise" of the ISC Paris was founded.

On May 19, 1969, ISC Paris was recognized by the State in a ministerial decree. Simultaneously, it moved to new premises at 13 rue Jacques Bingen in the 17th arrondissement. The school had a student body of approximately one hundred students at the time. In 1971 the length of the course of study was increased by a year to three years. Also in 1971, admission to the school was closed to those who had only earned their baccalaureate, requiring an additional year of preparation. The same year admission to the Institut supérieur du commerce de Paris was opened to women.

In 1975, ISC Paris moved to its current location at 22 Boulevard du Fort de Vaux, occupying an area of 2200 m2 offering amenities such as a language laboratory, group study rooms, conference rooms, and a computer lab. The entry examination was thereafter opened to parallel admissions to students with 2 to 4-year post-baccalaureate university degrees. In 1976 there were nearly one thousand applicants to the business school. ISC Paris subsequently chose to open examination centers in regional provinces with the support of local chambers of commerce and high schools.

On May 21, 1980, a decree of the Ministry of Education announced that the ISC Paris's degree was guaranteed by the State.[1] In 1981 a Department for Continuing Professional Education was established, offering training solutions to businesses. This was followed by the creation of ISC Master Program for graduate students. The Institut Superieur du Commerce was rebranded as the ISC Group. In 1983, the entry examination in first year was opened to applicants with a 2 years degree, in order to increase the pool of applicants. In October 1983, ISC Paris inaugurated new premises close to the Boulevard du Fort de Vaux. The school grounds expanded, eventually covering over 3000 m2.

The number of applicants to the ISC Paris increased as a result of the actions of the School Promotion Committee organizing conferences in preparatory classes across France. In 1992, ISC Paris created a series of examinations with the ESLSCA with identical written tests, but different oral exams for each school. This system lasted until 1999, when the ISC Paris decided to join the Banque Commune d'épreuves (Examination test base for most Business Schools). Meanwhile in 1996, ministry-led reforms increased the duration of preparatory classes from one to two years. The number of candidates reached 1 178 in 1982, 2 281 in 1984 and 3 875 in 1992. In 2010, the number of applicants reached more than 2,900[2] applicants from HEC preparatory classes and about 2,700 via the parallel admission process in 2011.[3]

In 2006, ISC Paris newly designed its brand and became the ISC Paris School of Management. In March 2007, the ISC Paris was authorized to award Master's degree as part of the LMD Europe-wide Bologna process[4] to its students by the Helfer Committee and joined the Conference of Grandes Ecoles. In 2009, a third building was constructed, the ISC 3, solely to accommodate MBA students. The campus subsequently covered an area of 13,600 m².

On September 8, 2010, Claude Riahi, the institution's Chief Executive Officer, was replaced by Andrès Atenza. However Claude Riahi is still President of the Board of Directors.[5]

International memberships[edit]

EFMD, EAIE, CampusFrance, NAFSA, Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and UGEI.


ISC Paris has partnerships with more than 160 universities and business schools (ISC Paris (20 June 2012). "Partner Universities". ISC Paris. ISC Paris. Retrieved 19 July 2012. ) around the world, offering more than 20 double diplomas at master's level:

Universidad Blas Pascal
Universidad de Belgrano
Charles Sturt University
Facchochschule des BFI Wien
FHWN Wiener Neustadt U.A.S.
Universiteit Gent New
University College Ghent
Centro Universitario Jorge Amado
PUC Campinas
UNESP Universidad Estadual Paulista
Universidade de Caxias do Sul
Universidade de Fortaleza UNIFOR
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Universidade Federal Fluminense
University of National and World Economy
Concordia University
McGill University
Université du Québec à Montréal
Wilfrid Laurier University
Universidad Autónoma de Chile
Universidad de Los Andes
Universidad de Valparaiso
Beijing University of Technology
Hong Kong Baptist University
Lingnan University
Shanghaï Institute of Foreign Trade
Shanghaï Normal University
The Hong-Kong Polytechnic University
UIBE University of International Business & Economics
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
University of Cyprus
Brno University of Technology
Jan Amos Komensky University
Copenhagen Business School
Roskilde University
University of Southern Denmark
Universidad del Pacífico
Universidad Espíritu Santo
Misr University
Tallinn University of Technology
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
HUMAK University of Applied Sciences
Laurea University of Applied Sciences
University of Vaasa
Berlin School of Economics and Law New
FH Mainz University of Applied Sciences
HHL Leipzig Graduate School
Justus Liebig University
Karslruhe University of Applied Sciences
Munich Business School
Universität Hamburg
University of Konstanz
Wiesbaden Business School (Hochschule RheinMain UAS)
Budapest Business School
Corvinus University of Budapest
University of Pécs
Indian Institute of Finance
Binus University
Athlone Institute of Technology
Griffith College Dublin
Institute of Technology Tralee
University College Cork
Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore
Universita degli studi di Genova
Universita degli studi di Trento
Universita degli studi di Trieste
Kansai Gaidai University
Meiji University
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Turiba School of Business Administration
ISM University of Management & Economics
Mykolas Romeris University
Vilnius University – International Business School
Vytautas Magnus University
Universiti Malaya
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Universidad de Guadalajara
Universidad de La Salle – Mexico
Universidad de La Salle – Morelia
Universidad Panamericana
Hogeschool Utrecht
Hogeschool Zuyd
Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden
University of Waikato
Trondheim Business School
University of Agder
Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Applicadas
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
Saint Louis University
Karol Adamiecki – University of economics
Kozminski University
Olympus University
Warsaw School of Economics (SGH)
WSB Poznan School of Banking
Universidad dos Açores
Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (ISEG)
Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest
MIRBIS Moscow International Higher Business School
Moscow Academy of Economics and Law (MAEL Moscow)
Saint Petersburg State University – Faculty of Economics
Saint Petersburg State University – School of International Relations
University of Ljubljana
Chung Ang University
Ewha University
Hanyang University
KDI School of Public Management
Kyungwon University
Korea University
Seoul National University
Sogang University
Sookmyung University
The Catholic University of Korea
Yonsei University
Universidad Católica de Valencia
Universidad CEU San Pablo Madrid
Universidad de Barcelona
Universidad de Deusto
Universidad de León
Universidad de Zaragoza
Södertörn University
Stockholm University
University of Gothenburg
University of Linköping
Bern University of Applied Sciences
Haute Ecole de Gestion de Genève
International University in Geneva
University of Applied Sciences Northwestern
ZHAW School of Management and Law
Feng Chia University
Ming Chuan University
National Chengchi University
National Sun Yat-Sen University
Yuanpei University
Chulalongkorn University
Dhurakij Pundit University
Thammasat University
Institut des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (IHEC)
Istanbul University
Sabançi University
Yasar University
Regent’s College London
University of Bath
Westminster University
Baylor University
California State University
Louisiana Tech University
Purdue University
The University of Mississippi
The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
University of Northern Iowa
Universidad de la Empresa (UDE)


Research at ISC Paris has four independent laboratories in (ISC Paris. "Research". Retrieved 24 May 2012. ):
- Finance, information systems, law and economics
- Consumption and well-being
- Management, entrepreneurship and Strategy
- Decision Learning
The department is advised by a scientific committee. The ISC Paris is developing a doctoral program with the University of Cergy-Pontoise. It publishes quarterly research papers in all areas of business and organizes conferences such as the International Finance Conference (ISC Paris (22 September 2010). "6th International Finance Conference". ISC Paris. ISC Paris. Retrieved 22 September 2010. ) with other academic partners and professional associations such as the University of Cergy-Pontoise, the REMEREG Network, the AFFI.

Degree programs[edit]


Marketing and Communication department
- Luxury product marketing management
- Marketing strategy
- Marketing Communication
- Marketing and Tourism Management
- Sports Marketing and Management

Project Management and Human resources department
- Entrepreneurship
- Audit and Human Resource Management
- E-Business
- Information Systems Management
- Marketing Management and Information Technology
(Double master degrees with the ISC Paris & the University of Cergy-Pontoise UCP)
- Management of sustainable performance

Strategy and International Business department
- Procurement logistics distribution
- International Business and Management
- Management of commercial relationships
- Business Strategy and European intelligence
(In partnership with the Ecole Européenne d'Intelligence Economique)

Audit, Finance, Legal department
- Legal and tax expertise
- Finance
- International and Corporate Finance
- Expertise Audit and Control
- Risk Management in Finance and Insurance
(Double master degrees with the ISC Paris & the University of Cergy-Pontoise UCP)

Student activities[edit]

Asides academic education, ISC Paris emphasizes entrepreneurship and initiative taking through more than 20 Junior Enterprises that have their own budget and are integrated in the pedagogy since the early years of the business school (ISC Paris. "Junior Enterprises". Retrieved 15 February 2012. ). The focus and the activities of these organizations may shift over the years and according to initiatives and opportunities.

Sports & Adventure
XTREM organises events around extreme sports.
BUREAU DES SPORTS offers sports to all students and organises events.
MOTORS focuses on mechanical sports and to road prevention.

Humanitarian & Social
ACCEDE helps and gives advice to young entrepreneurs.
ENVIRONNEMENT promotes sustainable development and more particularly fair trade.
START helps young people who are being excluded from school to value their personal qualities.
AIDE MONDIALE organises humanitarian operations internationally.
SOLIRACE prevents young people against AIDS.
HUMAN provides tutoring, liveliness in hospitals to underprivileged and disabled children.

Culture, Art & Multimedia
WEB’ART offers advice and services to students and companies in the field of media.
HIGH TECH is to introduce ISC students to new technologies.
STUDIO organises events related to luxury goods and fashion.
VISUAL reports all the events at ISC Paris.
CINEFEEL organises events about movies.
BUREAU DES ARTS promotes art and helps make ISC students more sensitive to culture.

Services to Businesses and Students
INVEST organises many events and activities around finance and investment.
PARTNERS helps students build their professional projects, liaising with partners and alumni.
YOUR provides marketing services for companies.
COSMOPOL offers internships abroad to students and welcomes international students.
DEFI coordinates different business competitions.
EASYLIFE combines well-being health and personal development.
NETWORK provides punctual and regular jobs for students.
BUREAU DES ELEVES, in relation with the management of the school coordinates and monitors the projects of each of the junior enterprises.


There are about 200 business schools[6] in France of which nearly fifty are authorized to award Master's degrees. Among these business schools, the ISC Paris School of Management is usually ranked between 8th and 25th in publications such as the daily newspaper "le Figaro"[7] and the magazine "Challenges"[8] depending on the criteria used.


The alumni association of ISC Paris was established in 1962 with more than 12,200 members today. As of 2010, there are 25 alumni in the Who's Who.[9]


  1. ^ Journal Officiel "Arrêté du 11 octobre 1999 portant modification du règlement pédagogique de l'Institut supérieur du commerce", J.O. Numéro 243 du 19 Octobre 1999, Paris, 19 October 1999. Retrieved on 2010-09-25.
  2. ^ SIGEM 2010. "Concours des Grandes Écoles de Management ouverts aux Élèves des Classes Préparatoires - affectations 2010", SIGEM 2010, Paris, 25 July 2010. Retrieved on 2010-09-25.
  3. ^ Challenges. "Palmares 2012 des ecoles de management", Challenges, Paris, 22 December 2012. Retrieved on 2012-02-08.
  4. ^ Qualiteonline "L'ISC Paris - School of Management vient de rejoindre le cercle très restreint des grandes écoles françaises", Qualiteonline 2007, Paris, 30 April 2007. Retrieved on 2010-09-25.
  5. ^ LORS. "Andrés Atenza, directeur de l’ISC Paris", L'Officiel de la Recherche et du Superieur, Paris, 3 September 2010. Retrieved on 2010-09-25.
  6. ^ CIDE [1], Paris, October 2012. Retrieved on 2012-10-12.
  7. ^ Le Figaro "ISC Paris", Le Figaro, Paris, November 2010
  8. ^ Challenges "ISC Paris", Challenges[[{{subst:DATE}}|{{subst:DATE}}]] [disambiguation needed], Paris, November 2009. Retrieved on 2010-09-25.
  9. ^ Challenges "ISC Paris", Challenges, Paris, December 2011. Retrieved on 2012-02-01.

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Coordinates: 48°53′34″N 2°18′04″E / 48.89278°N 2.30111°E / 48.89278; 2.30111