Preparing for a PhD through the France Excellence Summer Schools program

You are a master’s degree student enrolled in a Chinese university and you would like to do a PhD? In the framework of a summer school, the France Excellence program 2018 is offering you a full curriculum tailored to achieve this objective.

For the third edition of the Summer Schools France Excellence 2018, the French embassy in China has selected a variety of summer schools covering specific subjects (chemistry, biology, mathematics, physics, computer science and humanities). These summer schools will take place in France in July 2018.

The Summer Schools France Excellence courses (master’s degree level) are taught in English by professors-researchers from French universities of international reputation. The summer schools are made up of guided practical work, training modules to introduction to research, and a first introduction to French language and culture. Taking part to these summer schools must give candidates the opportunity to identify a potential research subject and a thesis supervisor.


An overview of the 2017 Summer Schools

List of Summer School France Excellence 2018 :


  • Biorefining from raw material to chem ical (closed)
     4 weeks in Toulouse, July 2nd to July 29th 2018 - 25 Places - 30.000 CNY


  • Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (Closed)
    3 weeks in Paris, July 2nd to July 22th 2018 - 20 Places - 25.000 CNY
  • Chemistry and Biology for Health (closed)
    4 weeks in Paris, July 1st to July 25th 2018 - 25 Places - 25.000 CNY



  • Specification and Verification of Critical Systems, SpeVeCriS (closed)
    3 weeks in Paris, July 2th to July 20th 2018 - 25 Places - 25.000 CNY
  • Medical Imaging : Advances for neurosciences (closed)
    4 weeks in Poitiers and Royan, June 18th to July 13th 2018 - 25 Places - 25.000 CNY


  • Advanced Theoretical Tools and Simulations for Material Science, Nanotechnology, and Biophysics and Biochemistry (closed)
    4 weeks in Nancy, July 1st to July 28th 2018 - 30 Places - 25.000 CNY


  • Towards Intelligent and Sustainable Optimization of Transport Systems (closed)
    4 weeks in Valenciennes, July 2nd to July 27th 2018 - 30 Places - 25.000 CNY


  • Heritage development and valorisation, cultural economy and public action (closed)
    4 week in Montpellier, from July 2nd to July 27th 2018 - 40 Places - 30.000 CNY



  • Challenges in Business Law in Europe Today (closed)
    3 weeks in Aix en Provence, from June 25th to July 13th 2018 - 25 Places - 25.000 CNY
  • Sciences Po Paris Summer School : Introduction to Research in Political Science (closed)
    4 weeks in Paris, from July 3rd to July 27th 2018 - 25 Places - 30.000 CNY


The Summer Schools Program France Excellence is dedicated to Master students who wish to pursue with a PhD. Students should have a good English level and an excellent academic background in the chosen field. The number of places available is limited to guarantee the quality of supervision. A limited number (100) of grants will be attributed by the French Embassy to support exceptional applications. The grant cover the tuition fees (mostly all-inclusive : courses, meals, accommodation, sightseeings, local transportation) and the visa fees, but does not cover trips from China to France and from France to China.

The application process is individual. You must fulfill the application form here (english CV is required). To apply for Sciences Po Paris summer school, please use this link (this summer school is closed).

Applications remain open on a first-come-first-served basis.
You will be informed about admission before 2018 April the 1st (for students who applied before march 18th 2018).
You should find answer to most questions you may ask here. Otherwise you can contact the France Excellence Summer School Team at