The international advanced training course (CIP - 8 months)


Application forms for the admission 2020-2021

The international advanced training course

  1. Description
  2. Public
  3. Assessment
  4. Course organization
  5. Admission requirements
  6. Tuition fees
  7. Candidacies
  8. Preparing for the test


The international advanced training course (8 months) allows experienced civil servants holding positions of responsibility to familiarize themselves with all facets of public management in France and in Europe. The aim of the course is to favour comparative approaches and pool experience, particularly during the core course of three months with the French administrators. This course offers an overview of the French administrative organizations, the reforms and modernization of the State and the implementation of public policy. It fulfils training needs identified by overseas Administrations which wish to task their executives with missions linked to France or to the European Union.


The international advanced training course is open to civil servants or public sector agents holding a position of responsibility and having sufficient professional background (minimum 5years) to share experience with French and foreign colleagues.

Course organization

The international advanced training course lasts 8 months. The programme is as follows:

  • a preparatory period (11 weeks) : This part of the course aims to update and consolidate participants’ knowledge of contemporary France (institutions, politics and administrations; social affairs; basics of economy and public finance; important issues in current affairs), and also their knowledge of Europe and of fundamental geopolitical issues
  • an internship in a central or devolved administration (approximately 7 weeks). Overseas students are placed in a sector of the French administration, the functions of which are similar to those of their home administration. Internship locations are thus diverse
  • period in common with French civil administrators (13 weeks). This period  is intended to deepen  knowledge and to stimulate analytical and prospective thinking. Work takes place in small groups high-ranking and mid-career French civil servants who are not ENA graduates and who are recruited by lateral entry


Students completing the CIP receive an International diploma in public administration stating that they have completed this cycle. Students registered on this course have the possibility of studying for Masters in one of two special areas: "Administrations and international affairs" or "Administrations and public management".

Admission requirements

The applicant must:

  • be a civil servant, a public sector agent,
  • hold a position of responsibility (if professionally active) ;
  • hold a degree at Master 1 level or have completed an equivalent course ;
  • speak and write fluent French ;
  • be proficient in English;
  • pass the school’s entrance examinations.

Tuition fees

The registration fee for the CIP is set at € 4,000. In addition the student will have to be able to pay for his general living and internship expenses. The minimum wage required is about € 1,400 per month.

For students who want to register for one of the two Masters special area, students have to check the University registration fees (about € 260).

N.B: Students with a bursary from the Ministry of Foreign end European Affairs are exempted of university registration fees.


For candidates living abroad, their application form has to be sent to the "cooperation and cultural action department" of the French embassy in the student's home country.

For candidates living in France, their application form has to be send to the "service des relations avec les élèves étrangers" – ENA- 2, avenue de l’Observatoire –75006 Paris) 

Preparing for the tests 

Admission to the ENA and IRA international courses is selective. To increase your chances of success, it is essential that you prepare for the entrance examinations.

Further information: see preparing for the tests