Discover ICP

A Historic, Highly Respected University

Founded in 1875, the Catholic University of Paris (Institut Catholique de Paris - ICP) is the inheritor of the Medieval Liberal Arts Colleges and lies in the tradition of the Sorbonne, the oldest academic institution in France. ICP is renowned for its excellence in core academic fields such as Theology, Philosophy and Canon Law that serve as a basis for the development of Humanities and Social sciences, where Education, Ethics and Anthropology are well represented. As a non-for-profit Association pursuant to French Law of 1901, recognised as Promoting the Public interest, its unique Research Unit “Religion, Culture and Society” is fully recognised by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Humanist Values and Human Scale Campus in the Heart of Paris


Inspired by a long Christian and Humanistic tradition, ICP values open-mindedness and dialogue across borders, as suggested by the University Motto: “An Open Mind to the World”. ICP welcomes all students and academics, whatever their nationality, culture, language and religion and puts an emphasison individual pedagogical guidance. Centrally located in the 6th district of Paris, between the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, ICP is built on the site of an old Carmelite convent from the 17th century. ICP is a place of serenity and history, a unique and positive environment conducive to study, research and campus life.

European Dimension, World Reach


ICP belongs to the European Higher Education Area and delivers ECTS (European Credits Transfer System). ICP is also a major actor of the, global Catholic network of higher education. ICP delivers State Degrees recognized at National and European level (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate Degrees), Canonical Diplomas as well as its own Diplomas. Part of ICP, the ILCF (Institute of French Language and Culture) offers recognised certifications. Faculties of ICP deliver Bachelor (3 years), Master (5 years) and Doctorate Degrees in three main complementary teaching and research areas :
  • Humanities : Philosophy, French and International Literature, Past and Present Languages, European languages, Ancient Oriental Languages, History, History of Art, French as a Foreign Language, French Culture, Politics…
  • Law, Social sciences and economics : Law, Economics, Sociology, Human Resources, Mediation and Negotiation…
  • Theology, Religious Sciences & Canon Law : Canon Law, Moral Theology, Pastoral Catechesis, Theology of Arts, Liturgy, Ecumenical and Interreligious Studies, Exegesis, Christian Anthropology…

6 faculties


- Humanities
- Economic and Social Sciences
- Education
- Theologicum – Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
- Philosophy
- Canon Law

And 4 Specialised Institutes
640 Professors 11 Associated Schools
165 Curricula at Bachelor, Master, Doctorate Level
10,000 Students 1/3 are International
60 Nationalities
135 Partner Universities in 35 Countries
5 Libraries
1 Interdisciplinary Research Unit
70 Academics, 240 Doctoral Students