International Academy

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.

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.

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!

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




partner universities




hours of training

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 Academy.90 programme is a 90-hour face-to-face 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 or academic summer 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 young researcher in Hauts-de-France.

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