Applications open for the Cycle of Advanced European Studies

The Cycle of Advanced European Studies - Cycle des Hautes Etudes Européennes - (CHEE) is designed for a class of some 40 high-potential participants from Europe or non-European countries, from different professional backgrounds, with proven responsibility in their field and at least six years of professional experience.

Since its creation in 2007, more than 380 fellows from EU and non-EU countries have participated,under the patronage of European figures (Emma Bonino (2015), Jean-Claude Juncker (2014), Joschka Fischer (2013), Jean-Claude Trichet (2012), Mario Soares (2011), Félipe Gonzales (2010), Valéry Giscard d’Estaing (2009), Jacques Delors (2008), Simone Veil (2007).

The 2016 session will be placed under the patronage of Dr Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defence, Member of the Bundestag (Federal Republic of Germany), who will participate in some of the cycle modules.

The CHEE teaching content and methods focus primarily on concrete experience. The CHEE provides an opportunity for students to meet high-level professionals in the field of European affairs and to improve their knowledge of EU issues, decision-making processes and negotiations. It attaches great importance to case studies and simulations of EU negotiations. A series of exchanges are also planned between participants.

The CHEE cycle is divided into 10 modules, taught from January to November:
- an integration seminar in January;
- modules scheduled in Paris, Strasbourg, Brussels and various capital cities.

- Application procedure:

The enrolment campaign starts in May preceding each session. Firstly, applications are pre-selected at the École nationale d’administration (ENA). Pre-selected applicants are later interviewed by the Selection Committee on the 1, 2 and 3 December. The selection interview will mainly focus on applicants’ motivations and what the CHEE will bring them from a career point of view.

Applicants must have a perfect command of French and at least a passive knowledge of English. No knowledge of or professional experience in the European field is required.

Grants paid for by the Compagnie Financière Jacques CŒUR (CFJC Investments) allow for total or partial payment of the enrolment fees for one or more participants in the CHEE session 2016. The grant is open to candidates meeting the admissions criteria but who have problems paying some or all of their enrolment fees. Candidates are to follow the standard fees procedure in order to apply to CHEE. Candidates wishing to apply for a grant should attach a letter to their application with proof of their difficulty with paying their enrolment fees, as well as the amount of grant requested (see the enrolment document on the ENA website: (see all practical details in the documents attached here) and here.

Applications are to be sent by post to ENA by 9 November 2015. (See Application form here)

Ecole Nationale d’Administration
Cycle des Hautes Etudes Européennes
1, rue Sainte Marguerite
F – 67080 STRASBOURG Cedex

More information can be found on the website: or on the ENA website:

For all further information, please contact:
At the ENA: Natacha Ficarelli:
Tel.: +33 (0) 3 88 21 45 58; Fax: +33 (0) 88 21 45 41

Published on 12/10/2015

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