Frequently Asked Questions - France Excellence Summer Schools 2019

FAQ

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Who is organizing this programme?
What about the previous editions?
What is the picture on the flyer?

APPLICATION PROCESS
How to apply?
When to apply?
Which document should I prepare to apply?
What should I do if I made a mistake / want to add information in my application?
I don't find my university in the list (Q.11), what should I do ?

SCHOLARHIP AND FEES
What are the criterions to get a scholarship?
When should I know I got a scholarship or not?
What is included in the tuition fees?
What is included in the scholarship?
What is a partial scholarship?
Why is it so expensive?
How many scholarships are there in this programme?
What is the ratio of scholarships in this programme?

CONTRACT
There is a mistake on my contract (wrong ID number, wrong birth date, etc), what should I do?

PAYMENT

DOCUMENT

VISA
What is the procedure to get the visa ?
Does the French Visa cover all the « Schengen space »?
At the TLS agency, they tell me that some documents are missing. What should I do?
Do I have to pay for the Visa?

INSURANCE
What should I do if I want to stay longer in Europe?

TRANSPORTATION

QUESTION
I sent e-mail but got no answer. What should I do?
I would like to communicate with the other participants. What should I do?

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Who is organizing this programme?
The program Ecoles d’été France Excellence was set up by the French Embassy in China (Science department and University department) in 2016. It has since been implemented in cooperation is implemented in cooperation with CAMPUS FRANCE (the French Agency supporting foreign students in France).

Each year (more and more) French Universities propose Summer Schools Programs, some of them entirely dedicated to Chinese students, some of them with more international scope. The Embassy together with Campus France chooses those who fit the high requirements of the Program (English language, High scientific level accessible to Master students, Comfortable options for accommodation and meals, Attractive cultural syllabus, …) to be part of the Program. Then, the Embassy is in charge of the promotion of the program and of the registration process in China with the help of Campus France.

Each school is organized independently by the local Universities. A team including administrative and pedagogical staff builds the scientific and cultural content, proposes local logistic solutions and animation, and determines a well-balanced schedule.

What about the previous editions?
In 2016 a first summer school was organized in Rennes.
In 2017, 14 schools were held in all France, covering various domains.
In 2018, 22 summer schools were organized in France. You will find here an overview of the 2018 edition of the France Excellence Summer Schools.

What is the picture on the flyer?
It is a partial view of the fractal Mandelbrot set (曼德博集合) discovered by the two French mathematicians Gaston Julia and Pierre Fatou in the beginning of the 20th century. It was named after Benoit Mandelbrot another French mathematician who obtained in the 80’s the first computer images of the set.  For more information see here.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

How to apply?
You first have to fulfil the form here (your resume in English is required), you will receive a confirmation email. Your application should be completed by uploading all the required documents online.

When to apply?
The application form should be completed before March 17th 2019.

Which document should I prepare to apply?
During the application process (until March 17th), you have to upload on the following document on the application platform :

  • Your resume or CV in English
  • Copy of your valid passport. If you currently do not have a passport, please upload the scanned copy of your ID card. When you have your passport, please upload a copy online.
  • Copy of the highest degree obtained
  • Academic transcript of the highest degree obtained
  • Copy of the latest English test (CET, TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL)

What should I do if I made a mistake / want to add information in my application?
Please do not resend an application, contact us at ecoledete@institutfrancais-chine.com.

I don't find my university in the list, what should I do ?
Please select "other".

 

SCHOLARSHIP AND FEES

What are the criterions to get a scholarship?
There are three criterions: your academic background (the most important), your motivation, and your English level. 

When should I know I got a scholarship or not?
You will be informed in April (the same day as the application result).

What is included in the tuition fees?
Most of the schools are all-inclusive, which means courses, accommodation, meals, local transportation and sightseeing are included. Please find more details at the end of each webpage of the schools. The fees DO NOT include the international air ticket (China-Paris and Paris-China), and the visa fees.

What is included in the scholarship?
If you get a scholarship you will not pay the tuition fees (between 20 000 CNY and 35 000 CNY) and you will not pay fpr the visa fees.  However, you still have to buy the plane ticket (round trip ticket to Paris).

What is a partial scholarship?
Some students got a partial scholarship.To offer more grants it has been decided to share some scholarships and offer half scholarship. In this case, it does cover only a part (more than half) of the tuition fees. The amount of the partial scholarships is RMB 15000. It remains to pay the balance for the tuition fees, the visa fees and the plane ticket.

Why is it so expensive?
Meals, accommodation and transportation are far more expensive in France than in China. Taking into account of those, the courses fees are really affordable and much cheaper than in other countries.

How many scholarships are there in this programme?
There are around one hundred scholarships.

What is the ratio of scholarships in this programme?
It depends on the number of students, between 30% and 40% of students will get a scholarship.

 

CONTRACT

This document is requested to confirm your participation and  is mandatory for the visa application.Two situations :

  • If you were granted a full scholarship, then you just have to sign the contract you received. You will send it back with the other documents through the confirmation form and will use it for the visa application.
  • If you were granted no scholarship from the Embassy or a partial scholarship, then you have to sign the contract you received and send back to the Embassy two original copies of this document by post mail. Please print and sign two copies of the filled-out contract and send them (the two copies) back to IFC by EMS exclusively to the following address (please write both French and Chinese characters) :

吴霜
法国驻华大使馆
Institut Français de Chine
Secrétariat général
Programme Ecoles d’Eté France Excellence
北京市朝阳区天泽路60号 100600
Tel. : 10 8531 2200

Please note that the people working at the reception are not in charge of this program. If you have questions, please send an email to : ecoledete@institutfrancais-chine.com .We will try our best to reply to you on time.

Please send your contract by EMS exclusively. Contracts send by using Shunfeng or any other 快递 will not be accepted.
 
Once the two original versions are received, a scan of your contract signed by the Embassy will be returned to you by email to be used for the visa application (Original copies will be available upon request).
You also will be asked to send a scanned version with the other documents through the confirmation form.

All the contracts should be uploaded by using the following form : https://framaforms.org/final-registration-eefe-2019-1554447920
Students who were granted a half-scholarship and students without a scholarship have to upload a proof of payment online (bank transfer) by using the link provided above.

To upload your documents, please follow the instructions below :

1- Write your registration number (ex : E10001) and your name (pinyin preferred)

2- Upload your scan signed contract please use "parcourir" (browse) and then "transférer" (transfer)

3- Upload your proof of payment (bank transfer)

4- Verify all the information and click on "soumettre" (submit) to send the documents.

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EEFE TUTO

There is a mistake on my contract (wrong ID number, wrong birth date, etc.), what should I do?
If you notice a mistake on your contract, please send us immediately an email at : ecoledete@institutfrancais-chine.com . We will then send you a new contract with the right information.

IMPORTANT : due to a technical problem, some contract have been edited with wrong ID numbers. We will send you a email with a new contract shortly.

PAYMENT

If you were not granted a scholarship from the Embassy or a partial scholarship, then you have to pay the tuition fees (or the balance). Tuition fees (amount specified in the contract) should be paid via a bank transfer to IFC:
 
Bank Name : Societe Generale法国兴业银行北京分行
Branch : Beijing Branch
帐户名称:法兰西共和国驻华大使馆文化处
Account Name : AMBASSADE DE FRANCE - INSTITUT FRANÇAIS DE CHINE
账号Account number : 6610777700226025
 
Please put in reference of the payment: YOUR NAME and YOUR CANDIDATE NUMBER.
The bank transfer should be done as soon as possible.

DOCUMENTS

You will be requested to upload the documents used to complete your registration through a an electronic form (similar to that used for applications). The address of the form will be sent separately.
The requested documents are:

  • ID photo (white or blue background, 2 inches)
  • Scan of the contract with your signature
  • (If applies) Scan of payment justification.
  • Scan of the insurance contract with all needed mentions and signatures.

 

VISA

What is the procedure to get the visa ?

First of all, you should make sure that you still have a valid passport available within 6 months after your return back from France to China.
 
The visa application should be made through TLScontact Visa Application Centre. The different visa application centers as well as the French Consulates have been informed about the Summer Schools France Excellence Program. The delay for visa obtention is between 3 days and one week. Therefore to avoid any inconveniences, it is highly recommended to apply for your visa as soon as possible and not less than two weeks before your departure. The online registration is on the website: https://fr.tlscontact.com/cn/splash.php to get an appointment.
 
You must ask for a “Visa pour études court séjour” / 短期停留 (90天以下). Here are the documents needed to complete your visa application:

  • Visa application form (from TLS website)
  • Valid Passport (and within 6 months after the return to China)
  • 2 ID pictures (white or blue background, 2 inches)
  • Airfare tickets reservation (route)
  • Convention signed by both parts (copy) – valid as lodging certificate 
  • Bank statements (last 3 months) 
  • Attestation of Insurance (Schengen, valid on the period of your all stay)

When applying for your visa, please stick to this list of documents. Normally, TLS is informed of the France Excellence Summer Schools program.

Please indicate the name, the address and the telephone number of the French university when you are asked to provide some information about your contact in France.

Please find below the process to apply for your visa :

1. Before selecting your type of visa, please select the nearest TLS centers from where you live.

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Visa 1

2. Before applying you need to create an account (注册). You can also click on "选择签证受理中心" to make sure that you have choosen the right TLS center before applying. If you want to know the complete visa process, you can click on "申请流程".

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Visa 2 enregistrer

3. To select your visa type, please click on "签证类型及材料"

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Visa 3 type EEFE

4. Then scroll down and select "留学"

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Visa type 3 bis EEFE

5. Now select "短期停留 90天以下"

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EEFE visa étudiant court séjour

 

Does the French Visa cover all the « Schengen space »?
Yes.

At the TLS agency, they tell me that some documents are missing. What should I do?
If you transmitted all the documents of our list, then, there should be no problem. Sometimes, the TLS agencies did not receive the all information about our program. You should ask them to take your application anyway. For instance, in your case, you do not need further lodging certificate nor registration certificate. All these are included in the documents we ask for.

Do I have to pay for the Visa?
Whether you received a scholarship, a half-scholarship or no scholarship, you will not have to pay for the visa fees. However, you will still have to pay for TLS service fees.

 

INSURANCE

As soon as you confirm your participation and you provided we have enough information about your status, you will receive from Campus France an email regarding your insurance during your stay. You should follow the procedure described to activate your contract. In the email you will find the insurance certificate that you may use for the visa application (see further). Observe that this insurance is valid only for the period of the school (if you stay longer, you need to contract another insurance) and that you will need to have/bring it with you during your stay.
 
In addition you will find attached to the Campus France email a copy of the insurance guide (in English) with all the information needed for your stay (covering, procedure, accredited practitioners and healthcare centers).

What should I do if I want to stay longer in Europe?
Find by yourself insurance for the longer period.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Each school proposes a general meeting point at the nearest airport. Some schools will welcome students at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG), while others will welcome students at the airport (or nearest airport) where the schools will take place.
 
However, trip plans are free. You may arrive in France prior to the summer school and/or remain afterwards for a short period. In some cases, even if you only attend the school, it may be more convenient/confortable to use transfers to reach directly the city of the school by airplane, avoid to waiting in Paris and train transfer. Hence, we ask you to inform us and the school about your trip plans: i.e.: arrival/departure time and flight numbers, use of standard meeting point or date/time of arrival at the school site, as soon as possible and at least 2 weeks before your departure.
 
Please wait for the registration to be confirmed before to buy your tickets. Other practical details such as the schools contacts, security phone numbers, wechat contacts, etc. will be communicated in advance to facilitate your arrival.

 

QUESTIONS

I sent e-mail but got no answer. What should I do?
The program is rather succesful : we receive a lot of questions and try our best to answer all of them. Please be patient. Wait one week before sending your question again.


I would like to communicate with the other participants. What should I do?
Once we have the complete lists of all the participants we will create dedicated Wechat groups. In these groups, you will be free to talk with the other students. A member of the school's team will also be here to answer all your relevant questions.