Our history

Groupe ESPI represents nearly 50 years of history, expertise and know-how in the real estate industry!

Founded in 1972 by a group of major real estate organisations, Groupe ESPI – recognised as an association under French Law – is a higher education institution offering State-certified level II Bachelor’s and level I Professional Master’s qualifications (4 specialisations) registered with the National Register of Professional Certifications (RNCP).  After nearly 50 years of existence, our Group is firmly established across the full range of real estate professions.  More than 1,800 students are currently enrolled on courses across our campuses located in Paris, Nantes, Marseille, Bordeaux and Lyon, as well as at our schools in Montpellier and Nice.

Ever since its creation, Groupe ESPI has endeavoured to do things differently: our teachers -whether they be business practitioners or professors, are all experts in their field – and the coherence of our teaching offers high-quality and industry-relevant programmes of study.  Our powerful network goes from strength to strength, with more than 6,000 alumni working in senior positions, including many directors.  Our 600+ partners, companies and professional bodies, and our 220 trainers work closely together to give students the support they need to secure career positions in the professions of their choice.  The best indicator of the commitment and professionalism of the school is the level of employability of our students, 97% of whom are already in work upon graduation.



Creation of the Lyon Campus



Creation of the Montpellier School



Accreditation of the Professional Masters in Real Estate Administration & Management (MAGI) by the French Ministry for Labour

Real Estate Administrator & Manager


Creation of the Bordeaux Campus



Accreditation of the Professional Masters in  Auditing, Valuation & Consultancy Management (MAEC) and Real Estate Finance Management (MIFIM) by the French Ministry for Labour

Audit, Valuation & Consultancy Manager and Real Estate Finance Manager


Membership of the Federation for Education in Europe (FEDE)



Accreditation of the Professional Masters in Real Estate Planning & Development Management (MAPI) by the French Ministry for Labour

Real Estate Planning & Development Manager


Creation of the Marseille Campus


New President

Christian Louis-Victor is elected President of the Group


Accreditation of the Bachelor’s in Real Estate Business Management (GESAI, BAC + 3)

Real Estate Business Manager

New President

Presidency taken up by Henry Buzy-Cazaux


Creation of the Nantes Campus


New President

Presidency taken up by Christian Louis-Victor


Creation of ESPI Entreprises


New President

Presidency taken up by Claude Pux


ESPI gains full recognition by the French State

The Group gains full recognition by the French State

Creation of ESPI

The Group was created in 1972 by two lawyers and Etienne Le Sidaner, the representative of the National Syndicate for Renovation (SYNAR) who decided to create ESPI as part of his promotional work. Given the introduction of new laws and regulations as well as new VAT measures, he realised that the industry needed to trainthe next generation of real estate development specialists.