The Institute of European Studies (IEE) is a Training and Research Unit (UFR) which has a special status (article 33 of the January 26 1984 law). It was created by Decree on March 23,1992, and is managed by a Board of Directors which includes staff, students and external advisers. It is managed by a Director (Mireille Azzoug, Senior Lecturer at the IEE) and presided over by a non academic (Edith Cresson). The creation of the Institute was sponsored by a committee of fifty prominent European and French advisers.

The teaching staff of the Institute includes over sixty full, associate or visiting professors, lecturers and vocational trainers from national and international cultural organizations and institutions, as well as a team of professionals from the business world. It also regularly hosts French or foreign university lecturers and scholars.


At the core of European and international networks

The Institute was awarded a Jean Monnet lectureship in political science («The political and economic issues of European integration»), two European modules («The small states and European integration» and «Regional geopolitics and territorial development in Europe»), as well as a pilot module («The Legal Status of Women in the European Union»). These programmes involve cooperation with a dozen universities in European Union countries.

The Institute has also established exchange programmes with universities across the world and maintains regular student and teaching staff exchanges through the student mobility clauses of ERASMUS and inter-university cooperation agreements. Among others, the IEE works with the following universities : Amsterdam (Institute for European Studies), Nijni-Novgorod (Russia), Kansai in Japan (a partner in the training programme «Les chemins de l'Europe» : Pathways to Europe) in co-operation with the Franco-Japanese Institute in Kyoto and the University of the Saarland), University of Tokyo, the City University of New York (CUNY), Vancouver (University of British Coumbia, Canada), University of Hamburg (a partner in the programme «Modern Youth» with the School of Art Management).

To facilitate contacts and the work placements of its students abroad, the Institute of European Studies is a member of ENCATC (European Network of Training Centres for Cultural Administrators) and has an agreement with the Foreign Affairs Ministry for work placements in French Institutes and cultural or trade services abroad.


Links with professional circles and firms

The Institute also maintains close links with professionals and firms in the arts and international trade as well as with local authorities who welcome the Institute's students for work placements. Every year, the Institute's students do over 300 work placements in France and abroad.

The Institute of European Studies is linked through close partnership agreements with a number of firms or institutions. The Institute of European Studies also contributes to the publication of the journal Culture Europe International (editor : Anne-Marie Autissier, Senior Lecturer in charge of cultural studies). The Institute also maintains close links with the monthly international affairs journal Le Monde diplomatique, some of whose journalists participate in the Institute's teaching. Numerous firms, notably small and medium sized firms in the commercial sector, participate in the training of students and are invited by the students themselves to participate in the public debates and discussions which they organize under the direction of Jean-Marc Benammar(Associate professor in charge of international trade studies). Some of these partners support the Institute by devoting the educational tax they pay to the Institute.


Innovative vocational training courses

The Institute's aim is to be a driving force in a wide array of initiatives concerning Europe and to carry out research on the Continent's societies and cultures. It allows students to develop knowledge of the tools and policies of European integration, and offers vocational training courses which are related to society and its development.

The Institute's post-graduate programs (second and third academic cycles) are attended by some 400 students, who are selected (by examination and interview with a jury) from several thousand applications.

·Doctorate (DEA and doctorate) : Social Sciences�: European Studies (Director : Bernard Maris, Professor at the Institute of European Studies)

This multidisciplinary doctorate includes approximately twenty research directors, French and foreign university professors from a variety of disciplines.

The doctoral team carries out research on the history and contemporary process of European integration ; the cultural, social, economic and regional policies within the Union ; its relations with the rest of the world. The students participate in the work of the research teams hosted by the Study Centre on Change in Europe.

·Masters (post-graduate diplomas in specialized higher studies : two year course of studies) in European and Interntional Studies�offering 4 specialized courses of studies :

Cultural Policies and Management in Europe (Director : Renaud Zuppinger, Professor and co-Director of the Institute of European Studies and Marc Le Glatin, associate professor, director of The Chelles Theatre). This master offers a research course�: Cultural and Social Representations and Strategies and three vocational courses�: Managment of cultural institutions, direction of international projects, managment of cultural exchanges. Its aim is to train administrators and cultural managers and give them an extensive cultural background and a solid knowledge of cultural policies and economic and institutional issues relating to culture.

·International and Foreign Trade (Directors�: Jean-Marc Benammar, associate professor, executive manager of Le Grand Large, Sylviane Toporkoff, senior lecturer in economy, president of the Global Forum).This master offers three vocational courses of studies, specialized on various markets�: Internationa Trade and Marketing, International Trade on North and South American Market, International Trade on East and Central European Markets . Its aim is to train Trade and export managers and give them an extensive knowledge of international economic markets, European integration, trade law, international marketing, export rules and procedures and the management of international business companies.

- European Studies : Management and Promotion of Cultural and Social Exchanges in Europe (Directors : Mireille Azzoug, Senior Lecturer)

- Regional Economic Development and International Trade, options : «International trade» and «Regional economic development» (Directors : Jean-Claude Boyer, Professor, and Rachid Krim, Senior Lecturer)

·DU or University Diploma (first degree level with a vocational aim) : European Studies, options : «Cultural exchanges».

Vocation BA (first degree level with a vocational aim) in International Trade�:Export Assistant Managers, specializations : American (North and Latin), Chinese and European (German, Spanish, British, and Central and East European) markets.

These four vocational diplomas are designed to train managers and give students working knowledge of the European issues relating to culture, tourism, international relations departments in large firms, local administrations, the media and journalism or international trade. They also allow students to prepare the competitive examinations for entry into the European Community, and national or local civil service.

The Institute has a high rate of academic success : between 70% and 90% depending on the diploma. The list of completed dissertations is available on the Institute's Website. The rate of professional employment is also high : the majority of the students who do not continue their studies after completing their diploma find a job within a few months and, in some cases, even before the completion of their curriculum.


A centre of contemporary debate

Over the years, the Institute has established a solid reputation as a center of intellectual debate. It organizes numerous colloquia and public debates, often in co-operation with partners in or outside the University system, including the CEFRAC, the Association of Historians, the Maison de l'Europe, and Le Monde diplomatique.

The Institute's journal, Le Fil d'Ariane, publishes the proceedings of the colloquia and essays on contemporary or historic issues relating to the Institute's work.

Three associations provide logistical support for these activities : ARISTEE (The institute's association which publishes the bulletin Eurofil), A3E (Association of European Studies' Students) and Les Passeurs (Association of the students and former students from the DESS in Cultural management).

The Institute's website :

address : http://iee.univ-paris8.fr

It provides detailed information on the Insitute's structure, its academic staff, its main missions and diplomas (presentation of the academic and professional objectives, registration procedures, detailed curricula) ; its courses (planning and outlines in French and English) ; a list of student reports, dissertations and doctoral theses ; the rates of success and job placement of the students.

The website also gives information on the Institute's life and activities : research teams, colloquia, symposiums and seminars, publications and journals, Jean-Monnet and Socrates programmes and modules, international relations and exchanges with foreign institutions and universities, associations, etc

A selection of the main data banks and sources on Europe is also available on line, with automatic links to their Internet sites.



Mireille Azzoug

Director of the Institute