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CIFE European Institute

Explore the Future of Europe with our Multinational Master Studies

The Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE) founded in 1954, is a private European Institute of higher education and research. We are one of the six institutions of excellence to receive special funding from the European Union in the framework of the Jean Monnet Programme of the Erasmus+ programme.

Learning and Living Europe!

We offer seven international and interdisciplinary Master programmes on European studies, international relations, energy transition, economic governance, and climate diplomacy, as well as an online Master in EU Studies and a large summer university programme in different European countries.

At CIFE, we believe that European integration should be a lived experience for our students. All students at CIFE relocate each term to study in three of the most exciting and culturally rich European countries from France (Nice) to Germany (Berlin), Italy (Rome), United Kingdom (Canterbury), and beyond to Turkey (Istanbul) or Tunisia (Tunis).

At the Crossroads of Theory and Practice

Our international faculty including academics and practitioners from the European Union and beyond, provides excellent academic teaching while offering students problem-focused learning at the crossroads of theory and practice. CIFE students follow EU policy making in real time and thus experience how decisions are made among member states. Practical workshops with practitioners provide students with skills and competences needed on the job market: negotiation, intercultural awareness, project cycle management, and public speaking.

Some of our programmes are carried out in partnership with universities worldwide such as the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK), Istanbul Bilgi University, LUISS Guido Carli (Rome), Texas A&M, Mahmoud El Materi University (Tunis) and Sup de Co (Dakar). We also host guest lecturers coming from renowned academic institutions and research centres such as Sciences Po (Paris), the London School of Economics, the University of Cologne, and Humboldt University (Berlin).

Your Future in the European Union

Our graduates receive the professional qualification “Policy Officer in European and International Organisations” and work as Senior officials in European institutions, policy officers within the UN framework, administrators, diplomats, consultants, researchers for think tanks, lobbyists, and academic experts.

Admissions Webinar

Our admissions webinar is a special event presented by our programme directors. The webinar offers opportunity to learn more about programme structure, student life, admission procedure as well as an interactive Q&A session.

Get In Touch

To learn detailed information about CIFE and our programmes, write to communication@cife.eu

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CIFE is one of the six institutions of excellence to receive an operating grant from the EU under the "Jean Monnet Activities" of the Erasmus+ Programme. Founded in 1954, CIFE has its head office in Nice and branch offices in Berlin, Brussels and Istanbul.

The Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) was created in 1954. Its founders understood the necessity to train professionals and citizens in the subject of a united Europe. The breadth of its geographic engagement and its variety of academic programmes testify to CIFE's commitments : a confident, future-oriented vision of Europe and an awareness of the challenges of a changing world.
CIFE offers intrinsically European education, going beyond the teaching framework of national education. Its students form an itinerant international community.

CIFE provides excellent academic teaching, offering students problem-focused learning at the crossroads of theory and practice in the field of European studies. This is granted by its own international faculty as well as guest lecturers coming from renowned academic institutions and research centers. Next to its academic network, practitioners from international and EU organisations contribute to CIFE's programmes.

CIFE offers postgraduate university courses and has been at the vanguard in developing digital higher education programmes. Various practical workshops provides students with strong skills and competences. In addition, CIFE has summer university programmes and organises seminars and training sessions.

Every year, students from all continents and a great variety of countries enroll in its programmes, which lead to a degree at Master level (EQF 7) recognised by the French state. The graduates of CIFE’s Master’s programmes work as Senior officials in European institutions, policy officers within the UN framework, administrators, diplomats, consultants, researchers for think tanks, lobbyists, and academic experts.

The European Commission supports the CIFE as an institution of excellence and the French state has recognised its graduate programmes as a qualification at Master level (level 7 EQF). This recognition demonstrates that the graduates of CIFE’s Master’s programmes have strong professionals skills and that CIFE’s Alumni succeed in the professional world. The accrediting body (CNCP) verifies that at least three quarters of CIFE’s graduates work in the professional field covered by the qualification.

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