A school model

A school model


For the Saint-Étienne School of Economics and its 30-strong dynamic teaching staff, creating a sense of community is a priority. Limiting class sizes allows for greater flexibility and responsiveness and encourages close teacher-student relations. This ‘school’ model has a number of benefits.

It allows teaching methods to be adapted to the diversity of the student population, as a result of three elements:

- refresher courses offered in the first years of the bachelor’s and master’s programmes
- online courses for students who cannot attend in person
- a training contract, offering students the possibility of prolonging their studies, taking a sabbatical year or doing a double degree, studying while working for those on a tight budget, or taking courses through the executive education programme.

This model is reflected in our tailor-made and highly supervised courses:

  • Flexible learning contracts including sabbatical year, extended duration of studies
  • Individual support and guidance
  • Small class sizes: 70 students in the first year of the Bachelor and many classes taught in smaller groups (35)
  • Assessment is 50% continuous assessment and 50% examinations
  • Much of the teaching is done in project groups and with tutors
  • Specialisation is gradual
  • Career guidance and employment coaching.

Lastly, it is a model with a strong partnership element based on existing partnerships with some of the region’s key higher education establishments, including Sciences Po Lyon and the engineering school Mines Saint-Étienne, and close collaboration with the other faculties and departments of Jean Monnet University: principally the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, the Department of Regional Policy Studies, the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Institute of Business Administration (IAE), and the engineering school Télécom Saint-Étienne.