The long international course (CIL - 14 or 16 months)


Application forms for the admission in 2019 are closed.


The Long International Course, is a general course. It helps students deepen their knowledge on European issues and become familiar with the French administration. This course allows them to benefit from the same training as the French students at ENA, who passed the entrance examinations, and in particular from two internships, one based on European Affairs and one on Regional Affairs (France).


The Long International Course (14 months + 1,5 months*) is aimed at young foreign civil servants and foreign public agents, and in some very exceptional cases, to foreigners who have shown a career plan that involves a commitment to public service in their countries of origin. The programme gives them the opportunity of benefiting from a training course that is in common with that of the ENA’s student civil servants drawn from three competitive admission examinations, in particular a 4-month placement in a public body, based on the student’s career path.

* For writing or defending a Master’s thesis

Course organisation

The long cycle lasts from 16 to 18 months. The programme is as follows :

  • 1 month in September of year N to prepare for the internship ans the common core training with French students
  • 4 month internship in a public organisation selected by ENA on the basis of the student’s career goals
  • 9 months of common core coursework with French trainee “énarques” admitted  through one ot the from the three entrance examinations (in Strasbourg, including holidays in August)
  • 1,5 additional months (November and 1st half of December of year N +1) to write and defend a final Master's Degree thesis

Students who join the international long course each year can choose between three high-level professional Master’s courses organised as part of a partnership with prestigious universities.
Those pathways enable programme participants to acquire an additional specialisation of their choice in three domains related to public management:

  • Masters' degrees in Public management and Administration

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  • Master's degree in Public Action in Europe

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  • Master's degree in Public Communication

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Admission conditions

Candidates for the course selection procedure must:

  • be civil servants, public agents, or in very exceptional cases, provide evidence of a career plan in public service for the benefit of their countries of origin
  • hold a Master’s 1 degree or equivalent qualification
  • hold high-ranking posts, in the case of civil servants and public agents
  • speak and write fluent French
  • be proficient in English
  • pass the selection tests organised by the ENA
  • not be French nationals

Tuition fees

The program is free of charge.

Nevertheless the student will have to be able to pay for his general living internship expenses. The minimum wage required is about € 1,400 per month.

Tuition fees for Masters

For students who wants to register for one of the two professional Masters programmes, ENA registration fees is about € 500. Students also have to check the University registration fees (about € 260).

NB : Students with a bursary from the Ministry of Foreign end European Affairs can obtain a total refund for the ENA Masters's participatory fees, and are exempted of the University registration fees for these Masters.

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

Schedule CIL, CIP and CiIRA

  • Between September 24th and November 23th 2018
  • Between November 19th and 30th 2018 : Pre-admissibility oral tests organized by the French Embassy departments
  • Between December 3rd and 7th 2018 : Admissibility tests
  • March-April 2019 : Entrance oral examinations
  • End of April 2019 : Final meeting of ENA’s and IRA’s selection board
  • September 2nd 2019 : Beginning of the CIL and the CiIRA
  • December 2nd 2019 : Beginning of the CIP

Preparing for the tests

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