EC Preparation Class

Pedagogical project

The Classe Préparatoire EC Option Economie is a State-controlled preparatory class.

As a recognised and validated first cycle of a 5-year post-Baccalauréat course, the Classe Préparatoire EC prepares students, over a period of 2 years, for the entrance exams to the various business schools registered as Grandes Ecoles *.

After a first semester of transition from High school, the first year aims at consolidating knowledge but also at acquiring the working methods, reflexes and new knowledge which are essential to pass the competitive exams.

The second year offers students the opportunity to implement what they have learned, to continue acquiring knowledge and, through training for the tests, to face the competitive examinations with confidence.

The Classe Préparatoire EC is a privileged preparation environment and opens access to the best ranked schools. It also ensures the students an enhanced path within these schools thanks to the skills, know-how and character it develops.

Sought profiles: ambitious, dynamic, determined, curious and passionate about the contemporary world.

Studies and career opportunities

The Grandes Ecoles de Commerce et de Gestion generally provide a 3-year course which allows students to consider a very wide range of careers in the field of business and company management, in the administrative, commercial and financial branches: company directors, branch managers, personnel managers, product managers, legal or tax advisers, chartered accountants, human resources managers, entrepreneurs etc…

They can also lead to management with a non-profit environment or research in the field of management. Studies can increasingly be combined with double degrees in partnership with Universities and necessarily include an international dimension.

Grandes Ecoles in Paris and the Paris region:

HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales), ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales), ESCP/EAP (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris).

Grandes Écoles in other French regions:

EMLyon Business School, AUDENCIA (Nantes – School of Management), EDHEC (Ecoles des Hautes Etudes Commerciales), Grenoble EM, Toulouse BS, Skema BS, …

Grandes Écoles in the ECRICOME network:

Kedge business school (BEM and Euromed), NEOMA (Rouen and Reims), Rennes BS, EM Strasbourg BS.

Other Business Schools:

EM Normandie, Burgundy School of Business, Montpellier BS, La Rochelle BS, ICN (Institut Commercial de Nancy), …


*All these schools award an official diploma, approved by the Ministry of National Education giving a BAC +5 (European standard). Graduates are awarded a master’s degree.

Programme / Curriculum

The Classe Préparatoire EC is a state-controlled preparatory class.

Compulsory courses / 1st and 2nd years

  • Economics, Sociology and Contemporary world History 6h / week
  • Introduction to economics (micro and macro) 2h / week
  • Mathematics and Computer Science 8h / week
  • General knowledge: Philosophy (dissertation) 3h / week
  • General knowledge: French (summary and synthesis methodology) 3h/week
  • Modern Language 1* 3 hours / week
  • Modern Language 2* 3h / week

TOTAL 28h / week

* English, German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese

Students at Saint Jo Sup also prepare:

  • TOEIC® (Test of English for International Communication): Saint-Jo Sup is an approved centre for organising its students’ TOEIC® tests every year.
  • Test Voltaire: Saint-Jo Sup is an approved centre to organise the certifications each year.
  • Motivational interviews: several sessions are organised with the help of professionals for a “realistic” simulation.


Stays abroad

They are an opportunity to discover the student and professional world abroad.
Saint-Jo Sup students are invited to look for internships abroad, with the help of the International Relations Department. Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, China and Argentina have already welcomed our students.

How to apply

The Classe Préparatoire EC is a state-controlled preparatory class.

Applications for the EC Preparatory Class are on the website as of January 2021.

Recruitment is based on a dossier. Applicants must hold a general Baccalauréat.

We look for students who are ambitious, dynamic and love to surpass themselves, passionate about the contemporary world and relationships with others, and who have a satisfactory and balanced academic level.

Tuition fee: 2186.08 euros. Fee applicable at the start of the school year in September 2020, subject to change.