The Institut national du patrimoine welcomes international professionals and students in cultural heritage based on application.
Heritage curator department
The international training programme run by the Institut national du patrimoine heritage curator department is directed at professionals and students in the following heritage skills (archaeology, archives, historical monuments and inventory, museology, scientific, technical and natural heritage).
Nationals of member states of the European Union, Norway, Island, Switzerland and Lichtenstein, holding a degree, can, in addition, prepare for the curator-recruitment competitive entrance examination. The Inp training programme qualifies individuals to become expert curators.
The Inp offers the following options to international students and professionals:
- either to complete the full heritage curator initial training programme, which runs for 18 months (January to June of the following year). On completion of this training, and based on results obtained, the Inp awards an intenational certificate in heritage curator studies.
- or to complete part of the heritage curator initial training programme already in progress. On completion of this training the Inp awards a training certificate.
For international professionals, the Inp gives the opportunity to follow a short personnalised study cycle ( about 3 months), to participate in continuing education seminars and, in some cases, offers work placement in a French heritage institution which corresponds to the needs of the trainee. On completion of this training course the Inp awards the students a training certificate.
Training course objectives
- To strengthen the student's capacity to manage collections and heritage institutions, to lead a cultural and scientific project, to manage a team or a service.
- to learn to be experts in the field of cultural heritage in France, to know its partners in order to work in direct collaboration with French curators and professionals.
- Be in possession of a high scientific level, or a good university degree complemented by important work experience which involved working on collections, archives, monuments.
- Be able to follow classes easily, conferences and meetings, all in the French language. Be able to work alone on eventual projects allocated during practical training.
A commission rules once a year on the admission of candidates subject to the number of places available. Applications must be addressed to the director of the Inp before 30th May 2016.
Important : although training does not incur costs, foreign students must justify sufficient subsistence funds to meet their needs during their stay. The Inp does not arrange for accommodation.
Department of conservators-restorers
The department of conservators-restorers welcomes international students for a 3-month period, within the framework of exhange programmes with foreign institutions. This mainly concerns students who are studying in equivalent establishments. Their study periods are validated by their university of origin based on a bilateral agreement between both parties.
In addition, the Inp has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education thus authorizing students from other European conservation-restoration institutions also benefitting from this charter, to follow full-term study programmes.
Finally, practising heritage professionals can, under certain conditions, receive financial support during their stay in France by obtaining a grant provided by the programme « profession culture » offered through the Ministry of culture and communication.
Applications can be sent all year long.
Download application (students) (PDF)
Download application (professionals) (PDF)
Reminder about competitive examinations and on-going training programme
The five-year on-going training programme in conservation-restoration in the Inp teaches the theoretical, scientifc and practical basis in the restoration of cultural heritage works and objects. The programme alternates between theoretical and practical training, field-schools and internships. During the students studies, hours dedicated to specific courses and restoration work carried out in the workshops, increase accordingly.
A competitive entrance examination leading to an on-going five-year training programme and a master's degree is open to French and non-French nationals.
International students along with French students can also go straight into 2nd, 3rd or 4th year based on the admission process detailing their experience and motivation. A degree or equivalent is required including a solid experience in the field of conservation-restoration. Depending on their level, the jury decides which class the candidates can enter.
Competitive exam registration takes place every year in December. Admission tests are held in February for the written exam and in April for the oral exam. Successful candidates begin their training in September.