Calais Promotion

Economic development agency for the Calais region
You are here: Home/Calais area/Education and training

Education and training

From primary schools to post-baccalaureate training, the Calais area offers varied and extensive educational opportunities, with the vast majority of schools and training institutions located within the Greater Calais area.

Education in the Calais region:

  • 14 “collèges” (secondary schools for students up to the age of 15), 4 of which are private
  • 9 general and vocational “lycées” (high schools for students aged 15-18), 2 of which are private
  • 544 apprentices
  • 15,650 secondary school pupils
  • 1 university
  • 1 school of engineering

Adult education and in-service training courses are also widespread across the Calais area, and are based around a network of professional education providers and training facilities which prepare students from the equivalent of NVQ level 1 to Master’s degree level in a variety of specialist disciplines, including transport and logistics, construction, maintenance and the catering industry.

In 2012, the Eurotunnel group opened the Opal Coast International Railway Training Centre (CIFFCO), which provides training for every career in the railway sector. Officially approved by the French Railways Safety Authority (EPSF), it also offers training for non-Eurotunnel group companies and institutions such as the SNCF, VLI, centre d’essais ferroviaires d’Alstom, Colas etc.

In the health sector, the area also boasts a nursing college (IRFSS). Located in new premises in the centre of Calais, the institute provides trainings for future nurses, healthcare assistants, paediatric nursing assistants, ambulance drivers and ambulance assistants. Just over 200 students enrolled at the Red Cross College of nursing in Calais in 2013.

A local university

Established in 1991, the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale (ULCO) has close to 10,000 students divided between the four main towns along the Opal Coast. The Calais campus offers facilities for 2,000 students, the majority of whom are enrolled on science and technology courses, including research laboratories in the fields of maths and engineering, electronic materials and components, biomaterials and biotechnologies, and computing.

Since 2011, the Ecole d’Ingénieurs de la Côte d’Opale (EILCO), a school of engineering which is part of the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, has offered engineering courses in the fields of computing and industrial engineering.   

The Institut Universitaire Technologie Calais-Boulogne (IUT) provides initial, ongoing and in-service training for technical students with a minimum of 2 or 3 years of higher education, and is complemented by the advanced technical diplomas offered by high schools in the Calais area.

The Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale also encourages adults to enrol for ongoing professional training courses via the FCU Littoral (Centre de Formation Continue Universitaire) which offers a wide range of qualification- and diploma -based training courses.


Further info: ULCO EILCO IUT : CUEEP CIFFCO IRFSS ville de Calais