Inspired by the French preparatory education, the basic instruction of SPEIT focuses on basic academic disciplines such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science and information science, aimed at helping students build a solid base of basic knowledge and develop independent thinking, problem-solving skills, critical thinking and innovation capabilities. It is delivered by experienced French preparatory education instructors who would align French preparatory instruction with the multidisciplinary international instruction of SPEIT.
In the basic instruction phase, students are instructed irrespective of academic disciplines.
After 3.5 years in undergraduate studies, students enter the engineering instruction phase for learning the knowledge and skills of a specific field of study. About 80% of the courses in this phase are delivered at SJTU by senior professors from its four collaborative French institutes, and professors from SJTU and R&D experts from the business community are also invited to teach some other courses.