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Teaching Europe – always one step ahead

The Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) is one of the most renowned institutions of postgraduate academic education in Europe.
The breadth of its geographic engagement and the variety of its academic programmes testify to CIFE’s major commitments: to a confident, future oriented vision of Europe, to an innovative concept of teaching and toan openness towards the challenges of a changing world.
CIFE has a strong international orientation, with offices in Nice, Berlin, Brussels, and Istanbul.

Open to new challenges

CIFE’s programmes have evolved with the successive EU enlargements, often anticipating them. Three “generations” of programmes have thus characterised CIFE’s teaching: While it devoted its first study programmes to the founding member states, it enthusiastically embraced the unification of Europe in the 1990s.
With the new millennium, CIFE’s activity is now clearly dedicated to promoting the European idea in a globalized world.

A success story

Over the last ten years, CIFE has quadrupled the number of its Master’s programmes and quintupled the number of its students. At present, more than 100 students are enrolled in CIFE’s three Master’s courses each year. Over 500 students take part in CIFE’s other academic programmes, such as its summer university courses, and approximately 1700 participants attend the colloquia, seminars, and research groups organised by CIFE.


On the move: Learning and living Europe

CIFE strongly supports the mobility of its students: The participants in tree of its Master’s programmes - Master in Advanced European and International Studies - rotate each trimester, moving their place of study from France (Nice) to Germany (Berlin), and United Kingdom (Canterbury), Turkey (Istanbul), Italy (Roma) or Tunisia (Tunis). This truly European experience plunges the students into the heart of Europe with a perspective on the South, East and Southeast. Study trips to Brussels, Geneva, Strasbourg, and Rostock offer additional insights into specific regional aspects.

Committed to lifelong learning

Offering a continuous, lifelong European education has always been one of CIFE’s major concerns. Its Master’s programmes for young professionals and junior officials, who continue their studies while pursuing their career, attest to this commitment.

Innovative teaching methods

CIFE stands at the forefront of innovation in academic teaching.
Its online Master’s programmes - Executive Master in EU Studies and EUCAIS - are taught as a combination of online courses and intensive phases of face-to-face-learning. Thanks to specifically designed, innovative e-learning platforms, via communication forums and through presence workshops in different European capitals (“blended learning”) the participants gain an enhanced knowledge of recent developments in the European integration process.

Truly interdisciplinary

CIFE embraces an interdisciplinary approach, which makes students, with their specialised and often disparate academic backgrounds, aware of the complex problems of our societies. Various practical workshops (simulations, preparation of European projects), as well as the intercultural, multinational exchange constitute an additional value of CIFE’s programmes, providing the students with the skills and abilities needed on the job market.

Qualified and recognised

CIFE’s Alumni succeed in the professional world. The French state has recognised CIFE’s graduate programmes as a qualification of the Master level (level 7 EQF). This recognition demonstrates not only that the graduates of CIFE’s Master’s programmes are employable, but also that they are in employment. The accrediting body (CNCP) verifies that at least three quarters of CIFE’s graduates work in the professional field covered by the qualification.