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Academic requirements
The programme is targeted at the next generation of Policy Officers in European institutions and International Organisations. The one-year programme at the crossroads of theory and practice follows a multidisciplinary approach welcoming each year an international and interdisciplinary community of students with varied backgrounds. No academic discipline is valued more highly than the others. The minimum academic requirement is a bachelor’s degree. 

Candidates will be selected by the Admissions Committee, headed by the Director of the Institute. The selection committee meets regularly to examine incoming applications.


Language requirements
The programme is taught in three languages: French, English and German. Therefore, candidates must have an active command of English (Level C1), and at least a passive knowledge of French and German (Level B1). Passive knowledge of a language means that you are able to understand it well in written and spoken form, whilst as active knowledge means that you are capable of also speaking and writing the language yourself. The following documents are required for the three languages:


  • The test report from one of the following institutions issued no more than two years prior to your course start date.  
    -   IELTS test report at 6.5 overall and with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.5 in Speaking and Listening
    -    PTE Academic test report at 62 overall, including 60 in each subtest
    -   Cambridge English at 176 overall in Advanced (C1) or Proficiency (C2)  with a minimum of 169 in Reading and Writing and 162 in Speaking and Listening.
  • Qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor's degree in a majority English-speaking country.

Please note, all candidates requiring a visa to study in the UK must take the test in a UK Visas and Immigration Approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) Centre. See: UK Visas.

French and German

  • Recent certificates from language schools (Institut Français, Goethe Institut, DAAD, etc.)
  • At least one reference from your professors, stating your level of language competence
  • A certificate proving that the candidate has studied at least one academic year at a French or German-speaking university.

Please note that if the applicant is a national of a majority English, French or German-speaking country, a certificate of the language in question is not required. Other exemptions may be applied on an individual basis, with appropriate documentation.




Required documents
Candidates must submit their application accompanied by all the following documents which can be presented in English, French or German:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Copies of your original University degree(s) and Transcript of Records + English, French or German translations, if if not written in one of these three languages
  • If applicable, a list of your research papers, areas of research interest and practical experience (max. 1 page)
  • Two letters of recommendation written preferably by recent professors or supervisors
  • Photograph of the candidate (approx. the size of a passport picture)
  • A photocopy of your passport
  • Documents certifying adequate knowledge of the required languages as stated above in language requirements

Registration procedure
The easiest way to apply is by filling out the online application form, where you can directly upload all the supporting documents in PDF format. On your individual account you will be able to save, edit and review your application before submitting it.  

The CIFE student services will support you as much as possible to ensure a smooth and flexible procedure, including the possibility to apply and submit documents that are currently not available at a later stage. If you cannot submit all requested documents at once, please get in touch with the student services (see contact details below).

Alternatively, you can send us the application form
with all the supporting documents via e-mail or regular mail.
Please note that we can only process your application after having received ALL the required documents.

If you are also applying for a CIFE Scholarship, please send the application to together with the required documents as soon as possible after having submitted your online application. If you are sending the general application by e-mail or post, please make sure to send the scholarship application simultaneously.

In case you have not yet finalised your undergraduate degree at the time of application, please include a document stating the date of your upcoming graduation. In order to enroll for one of CIFE’s programmes, you are obliged to have completed your Bachelor studies by the end of September of the current year at the latest. 

Contact information
For more information and to submit your application (if you do not apply online), please contact the Student Service Manager of the programme by e-mail or by regular mail:

  Mme Marie MIRKOVIC
  CIFE - Institut européen • European Institute
  Student services/ European Policy and Governance - Trilingual studies
  81, rue de France -   06000 Nice, France