About us


The Ecole pratique des hautes études (EPHE) is a leading institution of higher education and research, which provides highly specialized practical training in basic and applied research in a wide range of disciplines. 

The EPHE is headquartered in Paris and is present in many locations in France.

The School brings together 240 faculty members and about 3,000 students and non-degree students into three core “Sections : Earth and Life Sciences; Historical and Philological Sciences; Religious Sciences.

The School conducts research and training in research through designated teams (unités d’accueil) and joint research units (unités mixtes de recherche) which are linked to the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and other organizations such as INSERM and INRA. Completing these are three Institutes set up to disseminate scholarly knowledge: the European Institute of Religious Sciences (IESR); the recently created Pacific Coral Reef Institute (IRCP); the Transdisciplinary Institute for the Study of Aging (ITEV).

The EPHE confers the Master and Doctorate degrees, and the postdoctoral Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches. The EPHE also offers its specific postgraduate degrees – the Diplôme EPHE and the Diplôme post-doctoral – as well as joint degrees with other universities. Teaching in human sciences is conducted in Paris, whereas in the Earth and Life Sciences Section it is dispensed at the EPHE's many laboratories (Paris and its region, Nancy, Dijon, Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier, Perpignan, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Caen, Dinard, French Polynesia). In all Sections, tutoring and immediate induction in research practice are at the core of teaching in the different degree programs.

The EPHE maintains extensive cooperative exchanges with universities and research institutions worldwide. Priority areas of cooperation are in Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia.

In terms of its legal status, the EPHE is a Public institution of higher education in the field of sciences, culture, and professional education (“EPSCP”).

To learn more about the School, click on the links below.


EPHE - Cabinet de la Présidence

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