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.
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).
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 (September/October, then January/February) instruction period at the Institute is designed 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:
Master’s Offered to the CiIRA Students
Students registered for this course may obtain a Master’s degree organized by one the Universities partners with IRAs. Following the CiIRA course allows students to validate the different courses and interships for the Master’s.
Students must write a Master’s Thesis under the supervision of a tutor and defend it in a viva presentation.
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.
The tuition 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.
The same online procedure is used for all the ENA's international courses. It is therefore necessary to indicate when doing the online application which course has been chosen (CiIRA). Application forms should be printed and sent to the Cooperation and Culture Department of the French Embassy in the applicant's home country.