Cycle of Advanced European Studies (Chee)

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The Cycle of Advanced European Studies ("Chee" in French for "Cycle des Hautes Etudes Européennes") is a high-level programme providing training on European issues. This course is a real career booster and a launching pad for all your European projects.
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The Cycle of Advanced European Studies enables participants to develop privileged relationships with European decision-makers, to be part of a strong professional network and to understand the major issues and mechanisms of the European Union with a view to becoming a key actor in Europe.

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Practical information


  • Location | Paris based training course • 2 avenue de l'Observatoire, 75006 Paris

  • Admission requirements | At least 6 years' experience in a responsible position

  • Duration | 35 days over a 10 month period

  • Next edition | Applications are open until November 19, 2023

  • Cost | From €6,000 € to €16,000 depending on the applicant's background

  • Diploma obtained | Not leading to a diploma

  • Contact | Philippe Roman, Head of the Cycle of Advanced European Studies
    03 88 21 45 13 •

Consult admission results



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Target audience and admission requirements


The Cycle of Advanced European Studies (Chee) is aimed at high level European or third country professionals from various backgrounds: journalists, companies' executives, national trade union representatives, senior civil servants, political advisors, researchers, etc.

Applicants are expected to :

  • have held a position of responsability for six years or more
  • have an excellent command of French
  • have at least some passive understanding of English


Training objectives

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    To provide an excellent programme


    designed to train informed and operational actors on European issues and prepare them for the rotating presidencies of the Council of the European Union

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    To provide participants with a complete command

    of European and international procedures, issues, constraints and challenges in the post-crisis context: migration, coordination of health policies, development of digital technologies, economic recovery, social cohesion, implementation of the Green Deal, fight against terrorism...

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    To develop direct and privileged relationships

    among European decision-makers and to expand the network of leading figures working on European issues

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    To train participants to organize and conduct meetings and negotiations

    in a multicultural environment with a view to helping potential allies adopt common positions

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    To provide advice on the preparation and implementation of strategies

    of influence and communication towards European institutions and Member States

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    To encourage the Europeanisation of new profiles

    and enable each participant to analyse European public policies and their main issues in order to contextualise the actions of his or her structure within the European strategic environment



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The Chee explores the current major issues in Europe and puts them into perspective: industrial and digital development, environmental issues and climate change, internal and external safety, social and public health issues... The Chee’s educational approach is based on practice and action, which helps decision-makers acquire the skills they need to evolve in a European context. 

The participants of the Cycle of Advanced European Studies benefit from several key events:

  • A special exercise on how to build an influence strategy towards the European institutions

  • A serious game focusing on the implementation of a directive and how lobbying works in the European Parliament

  • A 5-day negotiation exercise, divided into two phases. First, a 3-day mission in a European capital city, in order to understand the visiting state's position on a current negotiation issue, followed by a 2-day negotiation simulation exercise in real conditions

They also benefit from several immersions and study visits:

  • A 5-day trip to Brussels, including a 1-day field placement in the European institutions;

  • A 3-day study visit to Strasbourg, where participants meet European Parliament stakeholders;  

  • A 3-day study visit to an EU capital city or to a neighbouring country where a specific European issue is being dealt with.




This training is compatible with holding high-level positions:

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    A 35-day training period

    organised in 10 modules and scheduled over 10 months (3 to 5 days per month)

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    Europe as a training ground

    participants travel to many EU Member States



Training strengths

  • The Cycle of Advanced European Studies focuses on current issues and respects both the principle of freedom of speech and the Chatham House Rule;
  • Each year, the Chee is placed under the patronage of a prominent European figure;
  • It provides access to an extensive and international network: 45 nationalities have been represented since 2007 and more than 700 European executives and representatives of all professional sectors have benefited from this network.



Mariya Gabriel • Patron of the 2024 cohort
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There are 3 applicable fees based on the applicant's background :

Option 1 | €6,000

  • Print media and web/online media;
  • Representatives of religious institutions.

Option 2 | €10,000

  • Civil servants and public health officials;
  • Elected officials, contractual employees of municipalities (and public inter-municipality cooperation bodies) with populations under 100,000 inhabitants
  • Public- and private-sector companies and organisations with fewer than 1,000 employees;
  • Television and radio journalists;
  • Employee trade unions.

Option 3 | €16,000

  • European institutions and agencies;
  • National and European elected officials;
  • Elected officials, civil servants and contractual employees of municipalities (and public inter-municipality cooperation bodies) with populations over 100,000 inhabitants;
  • Elected officials, civil servants and contractual employees of other local governments (regions, counties, etc.);
  • Public- and private-sector companies and organisations with more than 1,000 employees;
  • Professional organisations.

The tuition fees cover all costs related to teaching and accommodation as well as some of the food costs during the modules. They also include group travel costs (only from and to Paris). It is the responsibility of participants' employers to meet individual travel costs.

The deadline for the payment of the tuition fees is at the beginning of the first module. A single payment must be made to the INSP's accounting officer. A 30% deposit will be charged to organisations choosing to pay for services rendered only. The INSP has an activity registration number → article R.6351-6 du Code du travail. Private companies can cover some or all of their employees' tuition fees as part of professional training expenses, but coverage varies by company.




Provisional calendar

Step in the procedure Date
Registration until 15 January 2024
Admission results 29 January 2024
Module 1 • Paris
Integration seminar
from Tuesday 13 February 2024 (7.00 pm)
to Friday 16 February 2024 (16:30)
Module 2 • Paris from Wednesday 20 March 2024 (10.30am)
to Friday 22 March 2024 (4.30pm)
Module 3 • Paris from Wednesday 3 April 2024 (10.30am)
to Friday 5 April 2024 (4.30pm)
Module 4 • Strasbourg from Monday 22 April 2024 (9.00am)
to Thursday 25 April 2024 (16:30)
Module 5 • Bruxelles from Tuesday 28 May 2024 (9.00am)
to Friday 31 May 2024 (16:30)
Module 6 • European capital
Class study tour
from Wednesday 26 June 2024
to Friday 28 June 2024
Module 7 • Paris from Wednesday 2 October 2024 (10.30am)
to Friday 4 October 2024 (16:30)
Module 8 • European capitals and Paris
Missions in European capitals
from Monday 21 October
to Friday 25 October 2024 (4.30pm)
Module 9 • Paris from Wednesday 13 November 2024 (10.30am)
to Friday 15 November 2024 (4.30pm)
Module 10 • Paris
End of cycle
from Wednesday 11 December 2024 (10.30am)
to Friday 13 December 2024 (4.30pm)

1 module of 5 days (Mission in a State then simulation of a European Council in Paris), 2 modules of 4 days (in Strasbourg and Brussels), 1 module of 3 days abroad, 6 modules of 3 days in Paris.

* Admission results are available online for 2 months from the date of publication, i.e. until 29 March 2024.





Any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us!

Philippe Roman, head of the Cycle of Advanced European Studies

Phone : +33 3 88 21 45 13

Contact form (Fr)

Date de création de la révision
16 février 2024

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