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CERAM Sophia Antipolis


Name of school:
CERAM Sophia Antipolis

Name of program: CIAM

Status of the institution:

Name of Director : Jacques PERRIN

Country: France

Rue Dostoievski BP 085 06902 Sophia Antipolis Cedex

Telephone: 04 93 95 45 45
04 93 65 45 24

Web site :

Since its creation over forty years ago CERAM Sophia Antipolis has become one of France\'s most respected education and research centres, specialising in business management and administration. It has trained thousands of students to face individual and global challenges in managerial positions in a huge variety of international business environments. In line with its alliance with the French Riviera Chamber of Commerce, CERAM Sophia Antipolis benefits from the advice of a broad spectrum of business leaders in determining its objectives, selecting its students, and adapting its course content to promote understanding of the modern business environment. The school is located in Europe’s leading technological & research park : Sophia Antipolis ? 2300 hectares (2/3 of which is a designated conservation area) ? 24 550 jobs; 1 227 companies ? 3 014 jobs created (between 1/01/2000 and 6/30/2001) ? 12% foreign capital companies (28% of all jobs) ? 63 nationalities ? Nearby Monaco is France’s 2nd biggest financial market-place


CERAM Sophia Antipolis believes that technology is a major driving force in shaping today\'s and even more so tomorrow\'s management needs. It has created a unique curriculum with personalized study tracks, providing students with the opportunity to develop their own academic interests. CERAM Sophia Antipolis’ faculty is organised around a solid core of academic professionals using state of the art teaching methods to communicate advanced skills and maximise experience in the shortest possible time. In addition the teaching faculty draws on a select group of highly experienced managers, international consultants, and prize-winning researchers. The faculty members develop their research according to three axes : - The development of young and innovative companies - Knowledge Management - The Global Economy

Accreditation :
French Accreditation : - The Master in Management degree is accredited by the French Ministry of Education - Member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, comprising engineering and management schooners. The Mastères Spécialisés degrees are accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. - Co-founder and membre of the Chapître des Grandes Ecoles de Management de la Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, of which the Dean of CERAM Sophia Antipolis, Jacques Perrin is currently the Vice-President. Co-founder and member of the CIAM (the French Graduate Admissions Board), with EM Lyon, ESCP (Paris), ESSEC (Paris), HEC (Paris) since 1982. This consortium organises the selection of applicants holding a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from outside France, to join a 2 year programme in management at one of these 5 “Grandes Ecoles” of Management in France. International Accreditation : - Member of EFMD: the European Foundation for Management Development. - Member of AACSB: the International Association of Management Education. - Co-founder and member of the European Academic Consortium for Management Studies, together with the Universities of Groningen in the Netherlands and Stirling in Scotland, created in 1995 to offer joint MSc degree programmes. - CERAM Sophia Antipolis is the first centre in France to be accredited to award the European Computer Driving Licence, a new European diploma in IT skills created by the ECLD Foundation. CERAM Sophia Antipolis in involved in the following active networks : - EUDOKMA (European Doctoral School on Knowledge and Management) - Global Consortium for Business & Technology - RMEN (The Mediterranean Network of Management Schools).


Majors : Mass consumption marketing Marketing of services Industrial and high Tech marketing Consulting in Information System Market Finance Corporate Finance Entrepreneurship and Innovation Change Management and Human Resources e-Business Auditing and Consulting


Total enrolment: 105

Number of students per class : 30

International students: 95%

Nationalities represented: 41

Average age: 24

Age range: from 22 to 26 years old

Number of applicants: 312

Number of applicants admitted: 165

Average work experience: Not mandatory


Entrance 2002 / 2003: the 13th September 2002

Application deadline:
March 1st, 2003 for Examination centers in European countries
February 1st, 2003 for non European students in countries outside Europe

How to apply:

Admission criteria:
This admission procedure is for applicants holding a non-French Bachelor Degree - Obtained upon successful completion of at least two years of higher education outside France - Or must have successfully followed an equivalent programme of study recognised by the Directors of the CIAM members school Written tests : ? Either the Graduate Management Admission test (GMAT) to be taken no later than March 2003 ? Or the Tage/Mage “Test d’aptitude aux etudes de management” (2 hours) French equivalent of the GMAT. Interview : ? A personal interview in French or in English with a panel examiners seeking to evaluate the applicant’s maturity, language skills, motivation and aptitude for an international management career. ? Each school will take into account the results of the above examination as well as the applicant’s record.

Where to apply: CIAM application and all required documents must be mailed directly to : CIAM French Graduate Management Admission Board – CCIP – DRI/E 28 rue de d’Abbée Grégoire – 75279 Paris Cedex 06 France


It is divided into two main rooms and several study rooms. These are mostly management books, but other subjects that can be found include science, psychology, law, economics and languages. There is also a large collection of journals and magazines, numbering approximately 230 titles, which are available both in English and French. Avid readers of Time, the Economist and the Financial Post as well as Le Nouvel Observateur and l’Express will find more than enough to read. The library is open from 8:30am to 7pm. from Monday to Friday.

Computer lab:

CERAM Sophia Antipolis has 20,000 square meters of working space in a cluster of interlocking buildings with classrooms, auditoriums, a multimedia library, a multimedia laboratory, a digital/audio-visual television production studio, a variety of conference, amphitheatres and conference halls and a video-conferencing centre. Sophia Antipolis: Is the first European Technopark. In the heart of the countryside (60% conservation area), just 20 minutes from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, major international high-tech companies, universities and research laboratories are pursuing their development.

Additional information:
The area offers many opportunities for recreation and social and cultural activities, including sea-water sports, mountaineering, museums, international jazz and film festivals.
You can find more than 23 student associations at CERAM Sophia Antipolis. Some of them deal especially with foreign students :
Interculture :
The students from this association help for the integration of foreign students and organise Week End in the region.
BDE (Student Union Board) : .
The B.D.E. is the main association from the student life. It represents the link between the students and the administration and between the school and its environment (student\'s association, firms…).
Cedram :
Cedram was created in August 2000 by a group of five young Lebanese students who were motivated by the desire to share their country\'s cultural richness with the rest of the CERAM students.

The sports facilities include a 100 square-metre gymnasium, a climbing wall, an archery field, an outside sports court reserved for volleyball and basketball, as well as a swimming pool located on the grounds of the student residence hall. All of these facilities may be accessed by CERAM Students.

Housing :
Several possibilities are available to students : ? CERAM provides a list of lodgings offering a wide range of flat-share and house-share opportunities. These are available to rent outside the tourist season at particularly attractive rental prices. ? There are more than 8 student housing projects in Sophia Antipolis


Tuition and fees per year:
Diplôme Grande Ecole : 5 940 Euros per year during two years

Approximate student budget:
Please note that this is only an estimate and only average costs are given. Living expenses can vary. Accommodation: 400 € per month Living Expenses: 300 € per month Health Insurance: 50 € per month Books: 400 € per year

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