The French Maritime Academy International Policy

international policy

The French Maritime Academy (ENSM) is a Public Scientific, Cultural and Professional Institution (EPSCP), constituted in the form of a major academic institution. Academy was created on 1 October 2010, pursuant to Decree 2010-1129 of 28 September 2010, amended by Decree 2011-889 of 26 July 2011.

ENSM is organised on four locations: Le Havre, Saint-Malo, Nantes and Marseilles.
The Academy’s main mission is to provide scientific, technical, and general higher education, in particular for merchant marine officers and engineers, in the fields
of maritime and port economy, maritime and inland navigation, transport, industry, sea fisheries and marine cultures, environment and sustainable development.
The professional outlets of our training courses make our school strongly oriented towards international exchanges; opening up to the international scene is thus a natural extension.
International partnerships have already been developed or are being developed.
The choice of these partnerships with higher education institutions is guided by several criteria, including essentially:

  • The complementarity of associated skills, allowing our graduates to be trained in other fields, such as management, cybersecurity, and more broadly digital skills, law, sustainable development…;
  • Mutual contribution in terms of best practices, know-how or pedagogical innovation
    in order to optimise existing programmes;
  • The coherence between the training courses or with the two main areas of research (maritime risks and energy efficiency) developed within the ENSM.

The French Maritime Academy is, or has already been, a partner of higher education institutions on several continents, for example: America (Institut Maritime Québécois in Canada, Kings Point in the United States of America), Africa (Académie Régionale des Sciences et Techniques de la Mer in Côte d’Ivoire, Institut Supérieur d’Études Maritimes in Morocco), and Europe (Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy, in Romania, Fondazione Academia Italiana della Marina Mercantile, in Italy).
As part of this international development, The French maritime Academy applied for an Erasmus+ Charter in 2018, which was accepted the same year for the period until 2020 and renewed in December 2020 for the term 2021-2027.


The Erasmus+ programme is the heir to the Erasmus programme, a mobility programme created in 1987 by the European Union which has enabled more than 10 million people to benefit from international exchanges in the fields of education, training, youth and sport, by providing financial support for these projects.  Since 2014, when it became Erasmus+, the exchange programme has been extended to a wider audience, in order to enhance the skills and employability of its beneficiaries.

Erasmus+ also helps chartered institutions to work in international partnerships and share innovative practices in the fields of education, training and youth.

With the Erasmus+ Charter, incoming and outgoing mobility with other institutions will be possible for:

  • Students on selected courses;
  • Teachers teaching in all fields, in both initial and lifelong learning;
  • Professors participating in projects and research on shared themes;
  • Administrative staff.

Furthermore, Erasmus+, by including in its scope of action internships abroad, allows all Academy’s students to benefit from the programme.

Academy’s objectives in joining the programme are:

  • The strengthening of foreign language training and the development of intercultural skills, the exchange of teachers;
  • Exchange of students in training;
  • Sharing and making available the expertise of each partner for teaching and research;
  • Joint participation in calls for tenders (training or research programmes);
  • The pooling of teaching resources and tools;
  • The awarding of double degrees;
  • Professional and personal development of teachers.

See the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-20207

Contact : Gersende Le