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What is the International Academy?

The International Academy is the summer university for international higher education & research publics in the Hauts-de-France Region.

It fosters integration and interactive exchange between students and researchers worldwide from various disciplines, offering not only exciting teachings on a multicultural and dynamic campus, but also welcome services, administrative support and insight into educational integration.

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    Make the smart move! We offer quality training, whether in face to face or online, to open access to French higher education and research. Join us and benefit from experienced teachers and researchers from excellent institutions, labs and companies in the Hauts-de-France and beyond.

  • Welcome Services

    Everything is ready for your smooth arrival! We provide high-standard welcome services depending on your programme: welcoming at the station, transportation, accommodation or administrative tutoring. Make yourself at home!

  • Higher education and research institutions

    We welcome new collaborations! Universities, graduate schools and laboratories of the Hauts-de-France may get in touch with us for tailor-made programmes.

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Pre-University Programmes

Pre-university programmes (PréU) are intensive summer training sessions aiming at facilitating a successful integration of studies & life in France and making connections.
They are designed for international students seeking French-taught degrees, offering linguistic, methodological and/or (inter)cultural preparation required for future studies and life in France, together with welcome services and administrative support and, if applicable, propaedeutic teachings – taking into account their language levels and fields of study.

  • The collective Academy.90 programme is a 90-hour face-to-face training open to any international student or researcher, designed in collaboration with all our partner institutions.
  • Every specific e-Academy.25 programme has been tailored on request by one partner institution to meet their students’ needs, featuring an adapted 25-hour online training of selected teachings.

When the training takes place in person, the final assessment of French language skills take the form of an official “Test de Connaissance du Français” (TCF).

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2022 pre-university programme for all applicants.

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2022 online pre-university programmes for students from our partner institutions.

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Thematic Summer Schools

Our thematic summer schools are scientific English-taught international summer schools covering specific subjects for learning, discovering and networking into PhD studies and postdoc in France.

  • Specialist scientific lectures taught by top-tier research laboratories,
  • French language and culture to get a glimpse into the life of a young researcher in Hauts-de-France.

High standard programme for Master and PhD students

Cutting-edge scientific programmes in specific domains
French language and culture programme
Scientific research project

The International Academy has also run other Summer Schools in the past.

Our alumni are happy as they’ll tell you about it:

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  • I would like to thank all the organization for being so careful with all of us.
  • The Summer School was very interesting and helpful. You could get an overall understanding about food and health. It’s also a great chance to discover the French society and make friends with very nice local people.
    LIU Tingting
  • In the Summer School, many professors shared their research projects, and provided a general understanding of sustainable catalysis in a short month. I learned the latest progresses and main challenges in biomass utilization, which has deeply influenced my PhD research.
    WU Dan
  • Experiencing the course in France opened great opportunities to study human health, to connect with people from different countries, and learn more about France. Everything was on point for an effusive learning and cultural stay in France. Thank you!
    Matheus Thomaz NOGUEIRA SILVA LIMA