The IRA International Course (CiIRA - 8 months)

Description

This course lasting 8 months shares the same objectives as the initial training given to French trainee “attachés”, who have passed the IRA competitive entrance examinations and who are destined to hold administrative management posts and responsibilities in ministerial departments in Paris or in ministries’ local branches and field services throughout the country.

Conditions for admission

Applicants must:

  • be civil servants or public sector officers,
  • have a degree at Masters 1 level or have completed an equivalent course
  • have at least some professional experience,
  • speak and write fluent French,
  • pass the joint ENA/IRA entrance examinations which require a good knowledge of the French administrative system and the European institutions

Objectives of the teaching modules:

  • To become acquainted with public service culture: the rights & duties of the civil servant, ethics, values, internal codes and customs
  • To acquire a grasp of the practices of public administration through its managers, its issues and an across-the-board thematic approach to public policy (budgetary frameworks, accounting, financial analysis, consistency in public policy)
  • To appropriate the positioning and the role of the public service manager (basics of interpersonal communication, project management, operational management,…)

These objectives are also those of the initial training given to French trainee “attachés”, who have passed the IRA competitive entrance examinations and who are destined to hold administrative management posts and responsibilities in ministerial departments in Paris or in ministries’ local branches and field services throughout the country.

The course alternates teaching in the Institutes and periods in professional settings (internships in administrative departments or services).

Course organization

The course takes place in one of the five IRA - Bastia, Lille, Lyon, Metz or Nantes - over a period of 8 months, from September of year N to April of year N+1.

It is divided up as follows:

a 6-month introductory phase (september / february)

This phase includes 4 months of teaching at the Institute and a 7-week internship in an administrative department.

This phase of the course is a common core also followed by the Institute's trainee “attachés”, but it can also be individualized with modules from the continuing education offer in order to be more in tune with the student's initial training and career so far.

The 4 months of teaching (September/October, then January/February) at the Institute are intended to enable students to acquire the basic knowledge, know-how and personal skills needed to operate as an administrative “attaché” through the appropriation of the public service culture, the practices of public administration and a mastery of the managerial skills required by the management position and role.

The 7-week internship (November/December) takes the form of an immersion in a professional setting, namely a department in the French civil service (central government departments, Prefectures, other ministries’ local branches and field services, local government organizations, public-sector institutions...). The department where the internship will be carried out will be decided in consultation with each student, taking into account his or her career plans and previous experience.

an extension phase (march to april)

This phase, providing the opportunity to extend and deepen the student's knowledge, is also followed by all the trainee “attachés”. The teaching content in this phase covers one of following professional fields, at the student's choice:

  • Ministerial departments,
  • Ministries’ local branches and field services
  • School and higher education administration.

Assessment

Students are assessed at the end of the course. Students will receive a certificate stating that they have passed the CiIRA training course on completion of the course.

The opportunity to complete this cycle by obtaining a Master in the partner universities of the IRA will be considered on a case by case basis.

Tuition fees

The tuitions fees for the CiIRA course are €4,000. The student should add general living expenses to this amount. Bursaries may be available from national or international institutions, public or private, or from the government presenting the applicant. Bursaries may also be applied for from the cooperation and cultural action department ("SCAC") of the French Embassy in the student's home country.

Application procedure

The same application form is used for all the ENA's international courses. It is therefore necessary to indicate on the form which course has been chosen (CiIRA). Application forms should be deposited with the SCAC of the French Embassy in the applicant's home country.

Application forms are available from the SCAC at French embassies or can be downloaded.

Calendar CIL, CIP and CiIRA

  • Application forms must be done one line on the ENA website between September 20th and November 10th 2016
  • Pre-admissibility tests will be organised by the French Embassy departments between 10 and 30 November 2016
  • Admissibility tests will be organised between 14 and 20 December by the French Embassy departments
  • Entrance oral examinations will be organised between March and April 2017
  • Final meeting of ENA’s and IRA’s selection board : end of April 2017
  • The IRA International Course and the Long International Course will begin in September 2017
  • The International Advanced Training Course will begin in December 2017

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