The Long international training course (Cil)
- Location | Strasbourg based training course • 1 rue Sainte-Marguerite, 67000 Strasbourg
- Admission requirements | Master 1 or equivalent level
- Duration | A 13-month training course possibly supplemented by a master's degree (1 optional month for writing and defending a master’s thesis)
- Cost | The fees are free • Student's living and internship costs: €1,500 per month (scholarship opportunities) • Master’s registration fees: €500 to register for any of the three master's courses + additional tuition fees to the relevant university (around €260).
- Diploma obtained | An international diploma in public administration
The Long international training course (‘’Cil’’ in French for ‘’Cycle international long’’) is aimed at:
- new civil servants from foreign public administrations in responsible positions and with clear potential for development and influence;
- or those in the early stages of their professional career who intend to pursue a career in the public service of their country.
For admission to the Long international training course (Cil), 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 have a master's degree or equivalent course;
- you are a civil servant, public official or, in exceptional cases, you have not yet entered professional life and you are planning to pursue a career in a responsible position in the public service in your country;
- you exercise higher-level responsibilities as a civil servant or public official;
- you have passed the admission tests organised by the INSP ;
- you have a good command of English.
This multidisciplinary training course, which combines internships and courses, focuses on the following topics:
- public policy design, management and evaluation;
- public transformation and innovation;
- human resources management, leadership and negotiation;
- public economics and finance;
- territorial issues;
- European and international issues.
Curriculum • Duration
This programme enables civil servants from foreign public administrations to benefit from joint training with INSP civil servant students in initial training (FI), including a 3-month internship that takes place according to the choice they have made between the international and the territorial issues.
The Long International training course is structured as follows:
A 1-month training course to prepare for the internship
1 month in September of year N which includes a refresher course on contemporary France and its challenges, and on the functioning of the French administration,
A 3-month internship
From October N to December N in a public body chosen according to the student's professional ambitions (central or decentralized administration, state operator, international body)
A 9-month course
From January N + 1 to September N + 1 in Strasbourg shared with civil service students in initial training at the INSP (including a 4-week break in August)
1 extra month
In October of year N + 1 for most of the students who are writing and defending a Master thesis
Combining lectures and internships, this training course prepares hands-on experts and senior civil servants who are not only able to analyse, but also to manage and communicate.
The fees are free.
Living costs are approximately €1500 per month. It’s the student’s responsibility to meet these costs.
A scholarship from the French government can be requested from the French Embassy. It can also be sought from a national or international, public, or private institution, or from the candidate’s sponsoring government.
Master’s registration fees: it costs €500 to register for any of the three master's courses. These students will also have to pay additional tuition fees to the relevant university (around €260).
Students awarded scholarships from the French government can have their contribution to the INSP tuition fees refunded for these 3 master's programmes, and are exempted from the university tuition fees for these programmes.
The training leads to an international diploma in public administration called "Long international course".
Students also have the opportunity to obtain one of the following 3 master’s:
Master "Administration publique générale" | Université de Strasbourg - Sciences Po Strasbourg
Master "Affaires publiques européennes | Action publique en Europe" | Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne
Master "Communication des institutions publiques" | CELSA Sorbonne Université
|Step in the procedure||Date|
|Online registration||until November 19, 2022|
|The INSP selects candidates on file||19 November - 2 December 2022|
|A list of candidates eligible for written examinations is sent to the relevant embassies||Week of December 5, 2022|
|The embassies conduct written examinations||9-15 January 2023|
|The embassies conduct oral tests||13 March - 9 April 2023|
|Final selection committee||Early May 2023|
|Programme starting date||September 1, 2023|
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