The city of Clermont-Ferrand

carte de franceClermont-Ferrand sits on the plains of the Limagne in the Massif Central and is surrounded by a major industrial area. The city is famous for its chain of extinct volcanoes, the ‘Chaîne des Puys‘ which surround it. Clermont-Ferrand is in the heart of France.
The famous Puy-de-Dôme volcano (10 km from the city) is one of the highest landmarks and is easy to recognize with its telecommunication antennas that sit on its top which are visible from far away. The site is a candidate for the UNESCO world heritage sites.
Clermont-Ferrand is also famous for hosting the annual International Short Film Festival, one of the world’s renown short film festivals as well as being home to the corporate headquarters of the famous Michelin Tyre Company which was created by the Michelin brothers more than 100 years ago.
The city of Clermont is located in the Auvergne region. This is an outstandingly unspoilt mountainous area in the Massif Central. Leisure activities include skiing, hiking, mountain-biking, windsurfing and hang-gliding.
Clermont is a dynamic city and a great place to study with a low cost of living and high quality of life (International short film festival, international music festivals, theatre, concerts, etc….)
The greater metropolitan area comprises:

  • 460 759 habitants
  • 40 000 students
  • 4 500 international students
  • 6 000 full-time researchers
  • 300 sports associations and clubs
  • 15 000 companies



  • Car: 3.5/4 hours’ drive from Paris – A71 Motorway / Lyon – A72 (1 hour) / Montpellier – A75 (3 hours)
  • Train: Departures from the Bercy Train Station in Paris – 3.5 hours /Tickets can be booked directly on the SNCF (French rail travel) website
  • Plane: Clermont-Ferrand – CFE is on the outskirts of the city – about 15 minutes’ drive from the center (by bus or taxi)



Address: Group ESC Clermont, 4 Bd Trudaine, 63037 Clermont-Ferrand Cedex, France.

The School is located in a downtown campus, close to the historic medieval center. There are two main buildings and one annex. Access to the school is controlled through an electronic badge system. This allows students and staff to enter the main building at any time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can make full use of the computer laboratories, classrooms, study rooms, student association offices, and leisure and sports facilities.

The school buildings comprise around 100,000 square feet (9000 square meters). Approximately half the space is devoted to teaching areas accommodating groups ranging from 8 to 400 participants in large and small classrooms, small rooms for group work, amphitheatres and one large auditorium