2021-2022 selection procedure for the long international cycles of ENA and IRA [fr]

As it does every year, ENA recruits the participants in the three long training cycles, open to foreign civil servants and public officials.


Created in 1945, the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA) was set up to recruit, after a competitive examination, and then train a large proportion of French senior civil servants, known as "senior civil servants".

Created between 1970 and 1979, the five IRAs (Regional Institutes of Administration), also after competitive examination, are in charge of the initial training of State administrative attachés, middle management civil servants.

Apart from these missions, these institutions also pursue a policy of openness towards foreign civil servants or future civil servants.

As it does every year, ENA recruits the participants in the three long training cycles, open to foreign civil servants and public officials :

- ENA’s International Long Cycle, CIL (duration: 13 months + 1 month optional), for young senior civil servants (it may be open to future civil servants after).

This degree course is coupled with three professional Master’s courses in "Communication of Public Institutions", "Public Action in Europe" and "General Public Administration" organised by ENA in partnership with prestigious French universities (Paris CELSA; Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and the University of Strasbourg).

- ENA’s International Advanced Training Cycle, CIP (duration: 8 months, for experienced senior civil servants).

This diploma course is coupled with two professional Master’s courses in "Administration and International Affairs" and "Public Administration and Finance" organised by ENA in partnership with the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and the University of Strasbourg.

- The International Cycle of IRA, CiIRA(duration: 8 months, aimed at middle-level executives wishing to broaden or consolidate their skills in public administration management).

The IRA also offer foreign civil servants the opportunity to prepare a master’s degree in parallel with their studies.

Mastery of the French language is an imperative condition.

Procedure :

1/ On-line registration: this is now completely dematerialised via the www.ena.frwebsite. The registration period runs from 05 October to 15 November 2020.

2/ Timetable: the timetable is explained in the attached selection notice.

It is divided into 4 phases:
- A selection of registered candidates by Ena on the basis of their application file,
- Participation of the candidate in a written test consisting of 3 tests, organised by the embassy,
- An oral pre-selection interview set up and conducted by the embassies for candidates declared eligible after the written tests. Ena does not take part in these orals,
- The final pre-selection stage is carried out by the course management on the basis of detailed embassy opinions drawn up on the interview reports.

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Dernière modification : 02/11/2020

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