The Paris Summer School of Social Work program is offered by Ecole Pratique de Service Social (Applied Social Service Training School), in Paris, France. It is a unique pathway to understanding the issues facing society in France and Europe today and how French Social Workers deal with them.
Our session is tailored for students, researchers or professionals in Social Work. We offer a comprehensive overview of Social Work in France as well as a practical experience through short field placements.
We go that extra mile to provide real hands-on activities in a professional setting! Short day placements provide an exceptional and valuable insight to Social Work Intervention in France in a variety of structures: hospitals, shelters and NGO’s
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.
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.
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.
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The Paris Summer School of Social Work is an intensive program focused on French social work intervention, 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.
Transferring Credit (outside Europe)
If you wish to transfer credit to your university of origin please have your international advisor contact us prior to your visit to see how we can help you.
Incoming students receive, at the end of their study period, a class sheet and a transcript. It is agreed that this provides sufficient information to enable home universities to decide on the credit they wish to allocate and the grade(s) they wish to award to their students who studied at the Ecole Pratique de Service Social.
European Credit Transfer System (within Europe)
The program is credited 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
Oral presentations or written-papers are part of the general assessment program which will also include a final evaluation.
Weekly debrief sessions are organized to make sure everyone is coping with their international learning experience.
Prior to the program
Prior to the program, participants are granted access to the on-line learning platform (Moodle) as well as a Google Drive containing complementary learning resources to help prepare for the first lectures and visits.
The subjects covered on-line are (to date):
- Social work : from the 20th century to the present day (focuses on French social work and is accompanied by a short survey to be complete before June 20th)
- Social policies and institutions (provides a broader view of French society)
- Social work professions
- Gender and diversity
Based on experience, areas of interests and distance, applicants can choose their placements from a variety of agencies. These are available on-line mid-June and cover most areas of social intervention in France.
French placement test
Participants receive an individual code and link to take an online French test to be completed before mid-June.
The results of the test will allow us to assess global proficiency. There is no fail or pass level.
None the less, we can only encourage you to increase your grasp of the language by using the many free apps on-line.
Classes take place in our gorgeous 19th century building located in the heart of the Montparnasse area.
Accommodation is available from June 30th to July 31st
Extend your stay in Paris at no extra cost! Pay until July 24th 2020 and stay until July 31st 2020!
Housing is provided at the Foyer du Dôme (4 rue Leopold Robert 75014 Paris), in standard single or double dorm rooms in a quiet and safe location just minutes away from the school.
- High-speed wireless internet ,
- Safe entrance 24/7,
- TV room and foyer,
- Communal kitchen,
- Communal toilets and showers (non-gender specific).
- Coin laundry and dryer.
DISCLAIMER: Applicants must be aware that the Foyer is not equipped with air-conditioning or elevators.