Who are we?
Ecole Pratique de Service Social is one of the oldest schools of Social Work in France.
Our Alumni have distinguished themselves for the past century by their significant contributions to Social Work in France and in the world.
Where are we?
Your classes will take place in our gorgeous 19th century building located in the heart of the Montparnasse area.
The school is close to the Latin Quarter and breath-taking Luxembourg Gardens. It is surrounded by great cafés, restaurants and shops in one of the safest areas of the capital, day or night. The school is fully equipped to meet every international standard.
Paris is a great open-air classroom. We grab every opportunity to take you out there to get a comprehensive view of Social Work in France: our walking tours and field visits bring history and culture to life in the City of Light.
Fun social events provide a great insight into French culture and way of life. Week-end getaways will allow you to discover some of the most beautiful historical landmarks outside the capital.
A bit of history
Born in 1814 in the Vosges, François-Louis Français’s parents wanted him to become a key-maker despite his obvious talent for drawing. He escaped to Paris when he was 15 and trained there in the atelier of Jean Gigoux. François-Louis Français went on to become a well-known artist and founder of the famous « Ecole de Barbizon ». Today, his paintings can be found in the musée d’Orsay and the Louvre.
He built a magnificent atelier in 1875, located 139 boulevard du Montparnasse in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. After his death in 1897, the building changed hands several times before being puchased by Ecole Pratique de Service Social in 1922. Despite a few changes in the 1950’s and the construction of a small wing, the inner volumes and organization remain the same.
Imagine having a class in the very same room where François-Louis Français created his masterpieces!