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 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.
CIFE is reinforcing its longstanding character as a think-tank in European and international relations, politics, economy, social and cultural affairs, governance and federalism. A CIFE research department has been established in 2014. It focusses on research projects in accordance with its intellectual heritage and academic competence: European integration, federalism, the role of Franco-German relations, EU-Western Balkan relations, energy transition, sustainable development. Member of TEPSA and EUSA networks, it participates in two Horizon 2020 consortia. CIFE communicates through the bilingual academic review "L’Europe en formation" as well as through various other publications and seminars.
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.