France Excellence Programme

France is the second top destination in Europe for students from Singapore wishing to pursue a higher education, with around 500 new students arriving every year. Singapore is also the leading destination for French investment in South-East Asia, with more than 750 French companies based in the city-state. In the context of the France-Singapore Year of Innovation (January 2018 – March 2019), which provided a new impetus to the bilateral relationship with 12 ministerial visits and over 60 events held in both Singapore and France, we developed the idea of encouraging Singaporean students to acquire a unique skill set “à la française” through an internship in MNCs (French Multinational Companies) with a strong presence in Singapore.

France Excellence (FEX) is a scholarship programme  supported by several French companies and the Embassy of France.  FEX is the perfect vehicle for Singaporean students to do a 3- to 6-month internship in a  science and engineering capacity in a French company, either in France (preferred) or Singapore.

 

Programme Guidelines

Eligibility criteria

1. The programme targets 3rd and 4th year undergraduate (Bachelor level) and graduate students (Master
level).
Updated on 25 February 2019
2. The internships have to last between 3 and 6 months.
3. Only English proficiency is required.
4. The internships are opened to students from any nationalities registered in Singaporeans higher education
institutions.
5. The internship’s theme can concern any fields but science and engineering will be privileged for the
support given by the Embassy of France.
6. The internships have to be carried out in a French company.
7. The internships can take place in any countries where the French company has activities.

Cost sharing

8. The Embassy of France will fund the plane tickets only for the internships carried out in France.
9. The Embassy of France will take in charge the health insurance coverage to cover any medical emergency
for the total duration of the internship only for the internships carried out in France.
10. The Embassy of France will take in charge the internship visa for the students and will facilitate the visa
process only for the internships carried out in France.
11. The French company will provide monthly stipend to the student during his internship of a minimum of
577.50 €/month (≈885 SGD) according to the French Law when the internship takes place in France.
There is no maximum and the exact amount of the monthly stipend is determined by the French company.
12. Partnering higher education institutions from Singapore are free to offer a supplementary support to the
students.
13. All the remaining costs are at the charge of the student.

Programme management

14. The Embassy of France will be responsible for the management of the “France Excellence” programme
application platform.
15. After the student application is accepted by the Embassy of France and the French Company, Campus
France, a French public organisation attached to the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, will
be in charge of the logistic part of the scholarship (plane tickets, health insurance coverage, help for
accommodation, etc.).
16. The Embassy of France keeps the right to reject any student application or offered internship through the
“France Excellence” programme platform.

 

TIMETABLE

1. 11 April: All the internship offers are posted on NUS and NTU platforms

The Embassy of France will verify and submit the internship offers to NUS and NTU which will post them on their own platform.

All the internship offers will have to be posted by 5 April.

2. 8 May: Sending application to the companies

French Embassy starts sending application to the companies.

3. 20 May: Companies must have selected their applicants

Companies will have until 20 May to select their applicants.The application process are still opened until the 20th of May but can be refused by the companies if the student apply too late.

4. 27 May: Students must have confirmed their engagement to the program

 Once the Company has selected the applicants and notified them to the Embassy of France, students will have until 27 May to accept the offers via the system.

If the internship is carried out in France, the application will be sent to Campus France which is a French public organization attached to the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. Campus France will be in charge of the logistic part of the scholarship (plane tickets, health insurance coverage, help for accommodation, etc.).

5. From July: Beginning of the internships

First internships will start beginning of July.