Learning outcomes and content

« It was a great experience with a lot of integration of culture, education, history, community, and Parisian life! I’m definitely going to take what I’ve learned here back home to my future practice, and I think that the experience would be beneficial to social workers of all stages: student, new professional, old professional, and beyond!! »


The Paris Summer School of Social Work is a program in social work delivered in English.

It aims to foster intellectual curiosity and prepare participants to work within a very multicultural and international society.

Through a targeted effort to increase awareness, Paris Summer School participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate and respect the cultural differences of individuals and groups
  • Develop ethics, knowledge and critical thinking skills
  • Understand the history of social work and its contemporary issues
  • Evaluate social work practice intervention in France within families, groups and communities
  • Contribute to making the world a better place through innovative social impact projects


The program is divided into multiple formats that include but are not limited to lectures, field visits, and professional placements.

  • Lectures are on-line or in-class, delivered in English by experienced teachers and social workers and may include guest presenters.
  • Field visits are delivered out of class, in English or translated from French into English.
  • Professional field placements are carried out in a choice of fields and topics (depending on participant’s level and placement options) in French, with an English speaker on hand.
  • Individual or group study provides time to work on social impact projects
  • Weekly debrief sessions go over field and placement experience and any issue that needs to be addressed.

Some reading an research will be expected before and during the program.


The program is an intensive immersion in French Social Work and way of life.

A typical day will start around 9 am and can end anytime between 5pm or later, depending on social activities or placements, with the exception of one free afternoon a week.

  • There is one lecture and visit per day.
  • Morning lectures:  between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. They are carried out in English.
  • Afternoons are dedicated to meeting active professionals in their own environment.
  • Placements: There are 2  1/2 days of professional placements during the program.
  • Personal work: In addition, each student should expect to undertake at least 1 hour of independent study per day.

Evenings are (usually)  free for you to enjoy the great Parisian life.