The International advanced training course (Cip)
- Location | 2 locations • Pre internship period : Strasbourg (1 rue Sainte-Marguerite, Strasbourg) • Post internship period : in Paris (2 avenue de l'Observatoire, Paris)
- Admission requirements | Master 1 or equivalent level
- Duration | 8-month training course
- Cost | Fees are €4,000 • Students are responsible for accommodation and training costs: estimated at €1,400 per month (scholarship opportunities) • Master’s registration fees: €500 to be paid to the INSP; approximately €260 to be paid to the university concerned
- Diploma obtained | An international diploma in public administration • Additional master's degree possible
Registration is open until 3 December 2023!
To enter the International advanced training course (Cip), the following are required :
- you are not a French citizen or about to acquire French nationality ;
- you have an excellent command of the French language both orally and in writing;
- you have monthly resources amounting to at least €1,500 per month, grants included where applicable;
- you are a civil servant or public official;
- You have a master's degree 1 or an equivalent degree associated with the exercise of higher-level responsibilities as a civil servant;
- you have a good command of English;
- you have passed the admission tests organised by the INSP.
The International advanced training course (“Cip” in French, for ‘’Cycle international de perfectionnement’’) enables experienced executives of foreign public administrations, holding a responsible position and endowed with a potential for development and influence, to become familiar with all facets of public management, in France and in Europe.
Curriculum • Duration
The students of the INSP’s International advanced training course (Cip) will attend a 8-month training course structured in 3 phases:
An initial welcome phase (3,5 months)
This first phase includes a preparation for the internship, which is designed to update and consolidate students' knowledge of contemporary France, Europe, and international affairs as well as a range of geopolitical issues.
A practical internship in public administration (2 months)
During this second phase, foreign students will experience immersion in a sector of French administration related to their professional ambitions. Therefore, internship locations are diverse : central administrations, prefectures, other decentralized administrations, local authorities, public establishments, etc.
A common education phase (2,5 months)
The latter phase is shared with experienced French civil servants. This is a time to gain in-depth knowledge, to analyse, to think ahead and work in small groups together with French mid-career civil servants selected through the internal competition.
This programme encourages comparative approaches by pooling experience and know-how along three phases : among international students, then with professionnals at work during the internships and finally with the French student of the Cycle supérieur de perfectionnement des administrateurs (CSPA) during the common training phase.
The fees are €4,000.
Students are responsible for accommodation and training costs. They are estimated at €1,500 per month.
Scholarships from the French government can be requested from the French Embassy. They can also be sought from a national or international, public or private institution, or even from the government which presented the candidate.
Master’s registration fees: for students wishing to attend one of the two master’s courses, must pay €500 administration fees to the INSP and €260 registration fees to the university concerned.
French government scholarship students are exempt from university registration fees.
This course leads to an international diploma in public administration called “International advanced training course”.
Students also have the opportunity to obtain one of the following 2 master’s:
Registration and calendar 2024
|Step in the procedure||Date|
|Online registration||20 October - 3 December 2023|
|The INSP selects candidates on file||27 November - 1 December 2023|
|A list of candidates eligible for written examinations is sent to the relevant embassies||4 - 15 December 2024|
|The embassies conduct written examinations||8 - 12 January 2024|
|The embassies conduct oral tests||4 - 29 March 2024|
|Final selection committee||Early May 2024|
|Programme starting date||Early November 2024|
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