Centre international de formation europenne CIFE

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



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.


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 LEurope en formation and our various other publications.


CIFE has opened itself to the challenges new Europe has presented by complementing the natural openness which Nice offers towards Western Europe and the Mediterranean with the openness in Berlin towards Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea and the openness in Istanbul towards Turkey and beyond.

The culmination of our activities has been made possible thanks to the support of local, regional and national authorities, business and foundations, the largest of international organisations but most of all thanks to the confidence that leaders of the European Communities have placed in CIFE from the very beginning and which the EU has continually and resolutely supported.


The graduates of CIFEs Masters programmes work as Senior officials in European institutions, policy officers within the UN framework, administrators, diplomats, consultants, researchers for think tanks, lobbyists, and academic experts.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (5)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Humanities (1)


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