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Opening of the Selection Process for ENA and IRA Long- Term International Cycles

October 05, 2016 | By francecanadaculture Higher Education
Ecole Nationale d'Administration

As a high ranking civil servant, you wish to improve, develop new skills directly linked to your missions, exchange viewpoints and best practices with colleagues from throughout the world? Each year, ENA selects around 80 candidates for its long-term international cycles and those of the Instituts Régionaux d’Administration (IRA). You can be one of them if you meet the required conditions.

3 long-term cycles are open to foreign public agents and civil servants :

Long International Course (CIL)

Lasting 14 months, open to junior civil servants or public agents. The CIL may be open to future civil servants after dispensation.

▪ This course leading to ENA International Diploma in Public Administration can be completed with one of the three high-level professional Masters programs : a Masters programme in General Public Administration, a Masters programme in Public Institution Communication and a Masters programme in Public Action in Europe organised by ENA in partnership with prestigious French universities: University Paris IV CELSA ; University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and the University of Strasbourg.

NB : French nationality debars candidates from long international course.

The International Advanced Training Course (CIP)

▪ Lasting 8 months, open to senior civil servants.

▪ This course leading to ENA International Diploma in Public Administration can be completed with a Masters programme in one of two special areas: “Public Administration and international affairs” or “Public Specialised Administration” organised in partnership with University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and the University of Strasbourg.

IRA International Course (CiIRA)

▪ Lasting 8 months, open to junior and senior civil servants.

▪ IRA course also provides foreign civil servants with the opportunity to prepare, in addition to their IRA diploma, a Masters programme.

All applicants must hold a degree at “Master 1” level or, in exceptional cases, have completed an equivalent course. They must also have some professional background to share experience with French and foreign colleagues and hold a position of responsibility. They should speak and write fluent French, be fluent in English and must pass the school’s entrance examinations.
The selection process is the same for ENA and IRA courses.


Online application

Application forms must be done online on the ENA website between September 20th and November 10th 2016.

At the end of the process, the application will be generated as a PDF file that must be printed. You need to fill out the sections left empty and sign out the application. Mail the original version. Accompanied by the required supporting documents, application forms should be deposited with the SCAC of the French Embassy in the applicant's home country. In Canada, send your application to the correspondant at the following address :

Antoine Rauzy
464, Wilbrod, Ottawa
Ontario K1N 6M8
613 593 7416

By special dispensation, and if you are residing in France as of the date of your application, you may submit your application directly to the ENA Service des relations avec les élèves étrangers (ENA, 2 avenue de l'Observatoire - Paris 75006) before November 10th, 2016.

As a reminder, your application must include the following documents:

  • • A colour ID-format photo that must be glued to your application dossier
    • A Europass-format CV
    • A copy of your passport or national identity card
    • A copy of your highest-level diploma and its French translation, if necessary
    • A letter of motivation explaining why you wish to study at the ENA and/or the IRA, your professional objectives following your studies at the ENA or the IRA, and how the course of study that you wish to pursue can help you to accomplish your professional goals.

NB: Only complete applications will be taken into consideration by the embassies responsible for the candidate pre-selection stage.