International Training Centre – Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan Academy (CIF-ESCC) to welcome new class in September 2016

The International Training Centre – Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan Academy (CIF-ESCC), which is integrated into the Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan Military Schools, will welcome a new class of around 20 student officers in September 2016, the second class since the centre opened in 2015. This class will be composed of cadets from different countries in the Middle East.

The CIF-ESCC provides initial academic and military training for foreign cadets over a three-year cycle. The programme is that of the Saint-Cyr Military Academy, particularly concerning the military portion. When it opened, 19 Kuwaiti cadets were selected to be part of the first class.

DCI Chairman and CEO Jean-Michel Palagos declared: “The success of the CIF-ESCC in countries friendly with France, particularly the Gulf States, is a result of the partnership between DCI and the Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan Schools, which has enabled us to establish a very demanding training course whose excellence is recognized well beyond our borders.”

Before joining the CIF-ESCC for their three-year course, foreign cadets begin their curriculum in France with French language training at the Brest International Language School (CIEL).

They then receive academic military training entirely in French at the CIF-ESCC. On completion of the course, trainees obtain a Bachelor of Arts, a head of section diploma and the title of Saint-Cyr alumnus. This multi-discipline training is based on three pillars: military instruction, life skills training and academic teaching.

To boost foreign trainees’ chances of success in these high-level studies, DCI provides global, personalized support. This system, which is designed to facilitate trainee integration, includes a class leader; individual support and booster classes; progress monitoring and personalized supervision.