Health Care in France

France has a very comprehensive social security system (Sécurité Sociale). Although it is often complicated to navigate at first, it provides for excellent medical care and allows you to be reimbursed (or partially reimbursed) for most health related costs, as well as prescription medication.

Medical insurance is required for ALL students at Sciences Po during your stay in France.The various options and requirements are explained on the following page.

The Sciences Po Infirmary

Sciences Po does have an Infirmary on campus, free of charge, located at 56 rue des Saints-Peres, immediately on the left when you enter the courtyard.The nurse at the infirmary is available during the week without an appointment.There is also doctor available for limited hours per week, as well as psychological assistance available in a multitude of languages.  All doctor visits are by appointment only.

Each of the buildings of the Paris campus are equipped with a salle de repos (quiet room), should you be unwell and need to lie down.  To access this space, you need only speak with the Appariteur of the building.  Appariteurs are the staff at the entrance of each building, recognizable in red neckties.

N.B. - the campuses outside of Paris don't have an Infirmary, but administrative staff are happy to advise you about accessing local health services.

The Sciences Po doctor is unable to provide medical certificates for sports classes; however, it is possible to see the doctor for a medical absence note in case of absence from class on the same day of absence only. Medical absence notes will not be provided for prior absences.


It should be noted that regular attendance for all your classes (including sports and arts classes) is taken very seriously. More than 2 absences will place you into default status, and you will therefore not receive credit for your class. It is strongly recommended that you obtain a doctor's note for any medical absences.

The status of your absences will be evaluated near the end of the semester by your responsable pedagogique.

In Case of Emergency

  • 112 is the number to call for emergency services throughout the European Union.
  • 15 is for the SAMU (ambulance/paramedics service)
  • 18 is for the nearest fire station, which also administers first aid
  • 3654 for SOS médecin (12c/minute), for doctors who make house calls, 365 days/year, 24/7
  • Find a duty chemist / night pharmacy

Hospitals in France

In an emergency, or if you can't reach a doctor in the evenings for example, you should of course go to hospital, which normally should be covered by your insurance policy.  Be sure to check their website for details of reimbursement for emergency room visits.

List of hospitals with English-speaking staffs (PDF, 404 Ko).