CIFE is a private institution of higher education and research, founded in 1954 with its head office in Nice and branch offices in Berlin, Brussels and Istanbul. It receives special funding in the framework of the Jean Monnet Program of the European Union. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Inspired by the European model: living together in peace, prosperity and with responsibility.
  • With an international team and decentralised structures.
  • With a federal concept of European education: “unity in diversity”.

Short Courses

Social Sciences (5)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Humanities (1)



The Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) was created in 1954. Its founders, in particular Alexandre Marc, understood the urgent necessity to train professionals and citizens in the subject of a united Europe. Over the course of the years, CIFE has become an organisation without rival.


We offer postgraduate university courses; summer university programmes; general education by means of seminars and international apprenticeships; the furthering of knowledge and debate in conferences; the transmission of information and communication by means of our review L’Europe en formation and our various other publications. This abundant activity has been nurtured over the course of the successive EU enlargements and has often anticipated these.


CIFE is an institute of high level academic teaching, on European and international relations, in politics, economy, social and cultural affairs, governance and federalism – all topical subjects for reflection and research, and CIFE is reinforcing its longstanding character as a think-tank in these fields. 

A CIFE research department has been put in place in 2014, and since then develops its activities around five pivotal fields:

  • Policy papers;
  • Annual Symposiums;
  • Research and publication projects;
  • Continuing publishing and reinforcing the academic quality of CIFE's quarterly, "L'Europe en formation";
  • Enlarging the academic and scientific network of CIFE.


The graduates of CIFE 's Master' s programs work as Senior officials in European institutions, policy officers within the UN framework, administrators, diplomats, consultants, researchers for think tanks, lobbyists, and academic experts.


Housing services

CIFE provides fully furnished, fully equipped and centrally located apartments. Usually two students share a spacious apartment with bed- and living room. A sofa bed in the living room offers enough privacy for you to feel comfortable. The apartments range in size, but they all include Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, a modern bathroom as well as access to a laundry machine. Linen, sheets and towels are included as well as a hairdryer and an iron. All apartments are located in very safe neighborhoods close to the CIFE office in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district.


CIFE’s Alumni succeed in the professional world. The French state has recognised CIFE’s graduate programmes as a qualification of the Master level (level 7 EQF). This recognition demonstrates not only that the graduates of CIFE’s Master’s programmes are employable, but also that they are in employment. The accrediting body (CNCP) verifies that at least three quarters of CIFE’s graduates work in the professional field covered by the qualification.