Asian languages and civilizations have long been an object of academic inquiry in the West. In recent decades, the rising impact of Asia on an ever more integrated world economy and global culture has lent a new sense of urgency to the need for understanding Asian societies and the historical and cultural forces that shaped them. 

What distinguishes the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO) is its emphasis on field research and training. EFEO field facilities currently span twelve countries from India to Japan and form the core of the research infrastructure operated by member institutions of the European Consortium for Asian Field study (ECAF). 

The EFEO's mission is to conduct research and graduate training in the humanities and social sciences applied to the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and East Asia (China, Japan, Korea). The institution's century-long engagement in Asia has contributed decisively to such fields as archaeology, monument conservation, cultural anthropology, religion, and the study of inscriptions and manuscripts. 

As a consequence of the EFEO's well-established presence in Asia, its work regularly touches on contemporary issues, bridging the history of civilizations and the current transformation of Asian societies. Beyond its role as a leading research institution, the EFEO addresses both general and specialist publics through lectures, publications, and seminars designed for diplomats and policy-makers. As part of this widening activity, the EFEO initiated the Euro-Asian projects Integrating and Developing European Asian Studies (IDEAS) and Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion (SEATIDE), research and coordination programmes mandated and funded by the European Commission (FP7).

We hope you will find this website a helpful guide to a multifaceted institution, linking Europe and Asia, past and present, and combining a distinctively French approach to area studies with a resolutely international mission.

Yves Goudineau