Introducing the Centre international de formation européenne, (CIFE) Nice/Berlin

The Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) is a private institution of higher education and research. It is one of the six designated institutions receiving special funding from the European Union in the framework of the Jean Monnet Programme. Since its foundation by the French intellectual Alexandre Marc in 1954, CIFE has been a firm advocate of European integration, through its international and interdisciplinary study programmes.

CIFE offers different Master programmes in European Studies and International Relations, which under the slogan Living and Learning provide the students with the opportunity to study in three different countries over one year. CIFE’s “Executive Master in EU Studies” is targeted to professionals, by combining online teaching with face-to-face workshops in different European cities. CIFE provides excellent academic teaching, offering students problem-focused learning at the crossroads of theory and practice. This is guaranteed by our own international faculty, which is also complemented by guest lecturers from renowned academic institutions and research centres. Many of our programmes are carried out in close cooperation with partner universities. Beyond our academic network, professionals from international organisations, most prominently from the European Union, also contribute to CIFE’s programmes.

CIFE’s research priorities reflect its intellectual heritage and academic competence: European Integration with a special focus on Franco-German relations, federalism, sustainable development and climate change policies, trends in political and social theory. Together with TEPSA, CIFE is member of the Horizon 2020 consortium “FEUTURE” on different scenarios of the future of Turkish-European relations. Together with its research associates, CIFE also widens its international academic network and extends its expertise to the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership, and China.
CIFE’s research is available in different publications, most of which are accessible via CIFE’s website.

Director: Matthias Waechter


Contact: (Nice), (Berlin)


Twitter: @cife_eustudies