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What is the International Academy?

From June to September, the International Academy organises face-to-face or online training programmes that provide access to French universities and graduate schools as part of preparatory sessions for studies or explorations of the training and research offerings of higher education institutions.

On a dynamic, multicultural summer campus, the International Academy runs pre-university, propaedeutical and (pre-)doctoral programmes with the highest standards of training and welcome services.

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    Make the smart move! The International Academy promotes the success of international students of all levels and disciplines by fostering successful academic integration. 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 airport or station, transportation, catering, 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 are intensive summer training sessions aiming at facilitating a successful integration of studies and life in France.
They are designed for international students seeking French-taught degrees, offering linguistic, methodological, (inter)cultural, practical and/or propaedeutical preparation required for future studies and life in France, together with welcome services and administrative support – taking into account their language levels and fields of study.

  • The e-Academy.90 programme is a 90-hour online training taught in French, designed in collaboration with all our partner institutions and open to any international student or researcher,
  • Every e-Academy.25 (taught in English) or e-Academy.20 (taught in French) programme has been tailored on request by one partner institution to meet their students’ needs.

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

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Summer Schools

Our research-oriented schools are English-taught international summer schools covering specific subjects for learning, discovering and networking into studies or research in France.

  • Specialist lectures and workshops taught by top-tier research laboratories or institutes,
  • Cultural immersion to get a glimpse into the life of a student or researcher in Hauts-de-France.

High standard programme for international publics

Cutting-edge training
Scientific research project
Visits, culture & social events

The International Academy has been running summer schools since 2017!

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