Teaching home

Together with research and public health, teaching is one of the three core missions assigned by Louis Pasteur to the institute that bears his name.


Some thirty Institut Pasteur courses are held on the Institut Pasteur campus every year – following in the tradition of the Technical Microbiology course introduced in 1889. The theoretical and practical courses run from one to twelve weeks and are organized and taught by French and international scientists from the Institut Pasteur as well as other organizations. The courses are grouped into three themed areas: Biology of Microorganisms, Mechanisms of Living Organisms, and Epidemiology and Public Health.


Many of these courses can be counted as second year teaching units for the Masters offered at Paris-Diderot, Paris-Descartes, Pierre-et-Marie-Curie and Paris-Sud 11 universities, or as part of the specialized Masters run by the Pasteur-CNAM School of Public Health.


Attendance at certain courses can count as doctoral school modules.


All courses are also available to students from French and foreign universities and teaching hospitals, as well as to working professionals – scientists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinarians – wishing to top up their training.


Every year, some 500 students from around 50 different countries attend courses at the Teaching Center. With the growing number of foreign students and lecturers, some courses are taught in French and others in English.


The Institut Pasteur International Network includes 32 institutes on every continent. Each year the Network runs and funds some twenty regional and international courses. These courses provide top-up training for scientists working in institutes belonging to the International Network or in ministries, universities and research centers. The courses aim to provide access to the latest scientific techniques and methods, to promote or develop closer cooperation between research scientists working on the same topic, and to foster the emergence of novel regional scientific projects.


With ten departments divided into 130 research units and 13 technological platforms, the Institut Pasteur is truly a higher-education hotspot for many young scientists. All the research teams are affiliated to a Doctoral school and involved in supervision and training for doctoral students. On average, 220 doctoral students conduct research projects as part of their doctoral programs and 80 students complete their Masters internships in Institut Pasteur laboratories.


For foreign scientists and interns working on campus and students attending courses at the Teaching Center, A partnership was signed with the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, which provides 60 rooms to the Institut Pasteur.

Updated on 27/04/2015