Disability Support Services & Accessibility

An individualized education adapted to your needs

Sciences Po wishes to assure you the smoothest transition possible as you begin your studies and integration into student life, offering you a specialized approach to solve any problems of accessibility.

You are eligible for assistance if you have a disability, whether temporary or permanent, or if you suffer from an incapacitating health condition.

A dedicated service is available to accommodate your needs, to act as an intermediary with the different departments at Sciences Po and to accompany you through the necessary procedures (transport, housing, accessibility assistance, preparing for internships and employment, etc.)

A daily schedule to match your requirements

According to your needs and your mobility, our planning services will do everything possible to offer you classes at accessible sites. Please do not hesitate to keep us informed.

Professional staff at your service

Claire SecondéClaire Secondé,
in charge of welcoming you, is available by appointment at 13 rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris, room 054 (courtyard, on the left), Monday to Friday, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Tel.: 33 (0) 1 45 49 51 19

Please contact us as soon as you've completed your course registration, so that we can assist you in finding the best possible solution adapted to your needs and course requirements.

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Solutions that meet your needs

To ensure that you get the most out of your classes, a range of measures can be implemented based on individual situations:

  • Provision of mobility and classroom assistants to facilitate your daily life at Sciences Po.
  • Specific technical equipment: open access to a workroom on the lower level of the Sciences Po library with computer stations equipped with specific software: voice recognition, magnifiers, Braille printers, and text scanners for visually impaired students. Laptops are available on loan with "Jaws" software and Braille.
  • Note-taking by students enrolled in the same year as you, or copies of lecture notes provided by teachers or classmates.
  • Educational support: if required, tutoring or revision services can be provided by senior students or by teaching staff.
  • Adaptation of study schedules: under certain circumstances, the duration and conditions of coursework can be adapted.
  • Adaptation of end-of-semester exams and finals: you can receive adapted exam conditions (additional time, "tiers temps", the presence of a secretary using a computer, etc.) which will be reserved throughout your studies.
  • Magnetic hearing loops are installed at various locations on the Paris and regional campuses. To locate them you can consult the list and identify the logo indicating their presence.
  • Rest rooms are available to you on the various sites of the Paris and regional campuses. Consult the list here.

To benefit from these services, we encourage you to contact the Disability Support Service immediately upon your admission: Claire Secondé. You should also make an appointment with the inter-university medical service (Medicine Interuniversitaire Paris V) at 45, rue des Saints-Peres, 75006 Paris, tel. 01 42 86 21 29. They will issue you with a certificate, required to be renewed each academic year, to be given to the Disability Support Service. Be sure to bring your medical records and your student card with you.

IELTS Preparation: this exam is geared towards 2nd-year undergraduate and 2nd-year Masters students. The application for exam modifications for the visually- or hearing-impaired is due 3 months before the date of the examination with the British Council. The application must first pass through the Department of Foreign Languages at Sciences Po. Contact: Joanna Starzyk (2nd year) and Martine Desauguste (Masters).

ENA entrance exams: to receive the necessary adaptations such as extra time or other approved modifications, the RQTH certificate is required. This is a special document officially detailing the special needs of a person with any disabilities. 

Be advised: the request for the RQTH certificate must go through the MDPH (departmental centre for persons with disabilities) and can take up to 6 to 8 months.

Specialized housing needs offered by the CROUS (state student welfare organization)

Students with disabilities (level of disability greater than or equal to 80%) who would like to apply for a room at the CROUS must complete two steps before being admitted:

  • Prepare your DSE (Dossier Social Étudiant, or student file) at Sciences Po. If you are transferring from another university, you must first request that your file be transferred from there to Sciences Po, and then the procedure shall continue as usual.
  • Contact Mme Catherine Swiecicki, CROUS social worker in charge of housing applications

Tel.: 33 (0) 1 44 27 35 57 - Email

These procedures should be begun as early as December of the year prior to entry at Sciences Po.

The Appariteurs (Campus porters) at your service

Within all buildings of the Paris Campus of Sciences Po, the Appariteurs are available at any time to assist you in your mobility or other services. 
There are welcome desks at the entrances of:

  • 27, rue Saint-Guillaume: tel. 01 45 49 50 01 or 01 45 49 50 02
  • 13, rue de l'Université: tel. 01 45 49 76 40

For all specific requests, please contact the Reception Manager: Stéphane Galoux

Useful links

  • Handi U : the portal of the Ministry of Higher Education dedicated to disability
  • Arpejeh : partner Sciences Po