Center International de Formation Européenne

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Center international de formation européenne
legal form Association under the 1901 law
founding 1954
founder Alexandre Marc
Seat 81 rue de France, F-06000 Nice
main emphasis Further education , European Union , international relations , sustainable development
method Masters , seminars , quarterly reviews, books, brochures
Chair Herman Van Rompuy (President)
Managing directors Matthias Waechter (Director)

The Center international de formation européenne (CIFE; international center for European education) was founded in 1954 and has been organizing master’s courses in European and international studies since the 1960s. In addition to the headquarters in Nice, there are further branches in Berlin and Istanbul. The CIFE comprises various institutes and European study programs, colloquiums and seminars. A magazine, books and brochures are published by the company's own publishing house, including L´Europe en formation . National sections of the CIFE exist in most of the EU Member States. In addition to postgraduate courses, seminars and an online master’s degree, the CIFE also organizes conferences and summer universities. The CIFE is financed by funds from the European Union and foundations as well as donations. CIFE is one of six institutions funded under the Jean Monnet program of the European Commission.

The current general director is Matthias Waechter. In 2013 he succeeded Hartmut Marhold, who headed the CIFE from 2002 to 2013 and continued to work for the institute as Director of Research and Development from 2013 to 2018.

Executive Master in EU Studies

The Executive Master in EU Studies (formerly Master in EU Studies Online) conveys teaching content about the European Union and is aimed primarily at working students. Participants have the option of completing a one-year course (Certificate in EU Studies Online) with 30 ECTS or a two-year course (Master in EU Studies Online) with 60 ECTS. The Master in EU Studies Online imparts knowledge for central tasks in administration and science and offers participants the opportunity to specialize in European politics, European law or economics in a European context. The courses are taught on a specially designed platform and supplemented by face-to-face phases in various major European cities, in which examinations and lectures are also held.

Masters in European and International Studies

In 1964, the CIFE founded the Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales (IEHEI), today known as Institut européen / European Institute. Together they offer the Masters in European and International Studies (MAEIS) in a trilingual branch and an English-language branch. This offer is supplemented by another master’s course called EUROMED, ​​which aims to deal with political issues in the EU and the Middle East. The training lasts one year and the master’s title is awarded after a written and oral final examination and the completion of a master’s thesis. The students acquire 60 ECTS points.

Trilingual branch

The trilingual branch of the Master in Advanced European and International Studies was founded in the 1960s. Languages ​​are German, English and French. The program takes place in Nice (seven months) and in Berlin (two months). The teaching is divided into the modules international relations, European unification, economy and globalization as well as federalism and governance. The third part of the program begins with a study trip to European and international institutions. In Nice, when it comes to conveying the learning content, France's perspective with regard to the EU is predominant, taking into account the other Mediterranean countries of the EU and the states of the Maghreb . In addition to the challenges of Central and Eastern Europe, the process of EU enlargement will also be dealt with in Berlin. With this approach, the trilingual branch aims to deepen the students' insight into German-French relations .

English speaking branch

The English-language branch began in October 2005. The program includes study visits to Berlin, Istanbul and Nice, which are supplemented by a study excursion to European and international organizations. In Istanbul, Turkey’s Europeanization process is a central theme, as is the EU’s relations with the Caucasus states, Central Asia and the Middle East.


The working languages ​​are English and French; the study locations include Nice, Tunis and Istanbul. The one-year master’s program is divided into three trimesters and begins annually in Nice with a focus on Conflict Management and Peace Making, Sustainable Development and Climate Action, Regional Integration and Transformation and Mediterranean Politics and Societies. The second trimester is held in Tunis, followed by Istanbul, where the master's program ends with the writing of the master's thesis.

The European Union and Central Asia in the International System (EUCAIS) - Online Master


The Institute for European Politics (IEP), in cooperation with the Center international de formation européenne (CIFE), offers an online Master Study program in Studies on The European Union and Central Asia in the International System . The Volkswagen Foundation financially supports the online master’s program.

The master’s course is designed for university graduates and professionals from Uzbekistan , Turkmenistan , Tajikistan , Kyrgyzstan , Kazakhstan , Afghanistan and the Chinese Xinjiang .

Overseas University Programs

As part of the Overseas University Programs (OUP), CIFE offers the following cooperation programs with partner universities from the USA and China:

European semester

The European Semester is a 14-week exchange program that is carried out in cooperation with Texas A&M University, Texas, USA. The program is largely carried out in Berlin and consists of five modules that cover the history of European integration, European law and various policy fields (e.g. political economy of the European Union, European energy and climate policy, European enlargement policy, etc.). In addition to seminars in Berlin, the European Semester also includes one-week study visits to Brussels (Belgium), Poznan (Poland) and Budapest (Hungary).

Summer European Academy

The Summer European Academy is a four-week summer university for students at Texas A&M University, Texas, USA, which is run by CIFE in cooperation with the University of Passau . The program consists of a two-week study visit to Passau, followed by study trips to Warsaw (Poland), Brussels (Belgium) and Paris (France). During the four-week stay in Europe, students gain insights into European governance as well as into the politics, history and culture of the host countries.

Danube Summer Institute

The Danube Summer Institute, like the European Semester and the Summer European Academy, is part of the cooperation with Texas A&M University, Texas, USA. This four-week study trip with a focus on European history and politics consists of study visits to Berlin (Germany), Poznan (Poland), Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary) and Prague (Czech Republic).

EU-China Summer School

The EU-China Summer School is a summer university, especially for students from Yunnan University, but also for students from other Chinese universities. The program lasts two weeks and will be held in Athens (Greece) and on the island of Spetses (Greece). It is the result of a collaboration between CIFE and the European Center of Economic and Financial Law .

EU-China Winter School

The two-week study trip entitled "EU-China Winter School: Understanding Europe and European integration: fundamentals, principles and issues governing Europe in a global environment" is aimed at students from Yunnan University and other Chinese universities. The program is carried out by CIFE in cooperation with the University of Trier , the European Academy Otzenhausen (EAO) and the Center for European Studies at the University of Trier (ZES :). In addition to classic seminars in the EAO, the program also consists of study trips to Luxembourg City (Luxembourg), Brussels (Belgium), Metz (France) and Saarbrücken (Germany).

Summer universities

The CIFE organizes summer universities in European countries:

  • Bulgaria ( Varna ): La region de la Mer Noire dans l'Europe élargie: vers un label territorial
Language of instruction: English and French
  • Croatia ( Zadar ): L´action de l´Union européenne pour l´environnement et les changements climatiques: enjeux et perspectives
Language of instruction: French
Language of instruction: English
Language of instruction: French
Language of instruction: English and French
Language of instruction: English

European Seniors Online Academy

The European Seniors Online Academy (ESOA) organizes training courses for seniors. ESOA combines online learning with on-site seminars in Europe. At the same time, the exchange of knowledge with professionals and students should be promoted.

In the program part "Telling stories in Europe", life and history in Europe are to be thematized through structured, didactically guided storytelling, interviews, autobiographical testimonies and diaries and preserved in a narrative archive.

Evening courses, seminars and symposia

The CIFE offers evening courses in European countries to expand knowledge on the subject of the European Union. These courses are usually held weekly or bi-monthly by a professor or EU official on a specific topic related to the EU.


L'Europe en formation

The main themes of the quarterly magazine are European unification, international relations, European social models and questions of federalism. Each issue contains scientific analyzes on a key topic, scientific articles, comments on current events and a report on political developments in Europe and the world.

Le Courrier de l'Europe

In cooperation with the Office de Publications Européennes, CIFE founded the European political magazine 'Le Courrier de l'Europe' in the 2000s. This publication - in English and French - aims to provide a platform for the exchange of information on European policy issues. 'Le Courrier de l'Europe' is issued to European policy makers.


Every year CIFE publishes a presentation of a fundamental problem of European unification.


CIFE publishes brochures on various topics. They serve as information material in the context of the seminars and colloquia of the university education. They are aimed at a wide audience.

EU-27 watch

Materials on European policy discourses are available on the EU-27 Watch website. One of the main issues is EU enlargement.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. - CIFE. Retrieved November 24, 2017 (French).
  2. Executive Master in EU Studies - CIFE. Retrieved November 24, 2017 .
  3. News: Online Master: The EU and Central Asia in the International System. Accessed November 23, 2017 .
  4. ^ The European Union and Central Asia in the International System (EUCAIS) - Institute for European Politics IEP. Accessed November 24, 2017 (German).
  5. CIFE - THE EUROPEAN SEMESTER. Retrieved November 23, 2017 .
  6. CIFE - Summer European Academy. Retrieved November 23, 2017 .
  7. ^ CIFE - Danube Summer Institute. Retrieved November 23, 2017 .
  8. EU-China Summer School: China and Europe as partners - CIFE - Center International de Formation Européenne. Retrieved November 24, 2017 .
  9. EU-China Winter School - CIFE - Center international de formation européenne. Retrieved November 24, 2017 .
  10. L'Europe en Formation | Retrieved November 24, 2017 .
  11. L'Europe en formation | Last issue. Retrieved November 24, 2017 .
  12. The scientific quarterly journal L'Europe en formation, L'Europe en Formation. Retrieved November 24, 2017 .