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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​As part of our mission to promote the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence, we have a long history of working with educational institutions in France. Some of these institutions:

  • Incorporate elements of the CFA Program curricula into their degree programs.
  • Offer waivers from graduate school entrance exams or coursework. Learn more.
  • Work with CFA Society France to support student teams in the annual Research Challenge.​

 Investment Foundations Academic Program

​​​The Investment Foundations certificate program is a comprehensive global program designed to give everyone a clear understanding of the financial services industry. Students can raise their professional competence by understanding industry functions, relationships, and roles and gaining fundamental knowledge that will help them stand out in a competitive global job market.
We invite universities to further demonstrate their alignment with the financial se​rvices industry through our the Investment Foundations Academic Program.

 CFA Program Partners and University Recognition Program

CFA Program Partners and the University Recognition Program are being discontinued, effective 31 December 2017. ​

 University Affiliation Program


The University Affiliation Program recognizes academic institutions that embed a significant portion of the CFA® Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK) into their curriculum. Through cooperation with universities around the world, we seek to promote ethics-based investment education in university degree programs aimed at developing investment professionals. 


 CFA Institute Research Challenge

​The Research Challenge offers university students a unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts and to compete with their peers from the world’s top finance programs. This annual initiative promotes best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts through hands-on mentoring and intensive training in company analysis and presentation skills.




Academic institutions that embed a significant portion of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge™ (CBOK™), including the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, into their curriculum may be eligible to participate in the University Affiliation Program.

An Affiliated University signals to their students and to employers that their curriculum is closely tied to the practice of investment management and is helpful to students preparing for the CFA Program exams.

Read the University Affiliation Program Overview​ (PDF) to learn more about the eligibility, benefits, and ongoing participation requirements .





EDHEC Business School



ESCP Europe, European School of Management (Paris, France)


ESSEC (Paris, France)


Grenoble Graduate School of Business


IESEG Shool of Management



INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France)

​International University of Monaco

Reims Management School  


NEOMA Business School, Reims

  • M.Sc. in Management (CFA Track)

​NEOMA Business School, Rouen


Université Montpellier 1​​​


Universite Paris Dauphine






Université Paris-Dauphine (Paris, France)

  • Master in Asset Management
  • Master in Banking and Finance
  • Master in Corporate Finance and Financial Engineering
  • Master in Investment Banking and Markets
  • Master in Security Markets, Commodity Markets and Risk Management
  • Master in Economic Engineering
  • Master in Economics, Banking, Finance and Insurance
  • Master in Financial and Monetary Economics
  • Master of Finance


Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France)


Toulouse Business School (Toulouse, France)
  • Master of Science Equity Research and Investment