There are five french Schools outside France. These low-profile institutions nevertheless have a distinguished track record and are the upholders of a continuous, century-long tradition of historical research, archaeological excavation and monument restoration. They also offer research opportunities to scholars and Ph.D. students.
The five Schools are: The French School of Rome at the Palazzo Farnese, the Casa Velazquez in Madrid, the French School of Athens, the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology in Cairo, the French School for the Far East with its various branches. They all work to further our knowledge of the rich cultural heritage and the equally rich cultural present of the countries in which they have been established. Among the things that make these great institution unique are the on-line conversion of their resources as well as the development of a network for scholarly exchange.