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The situation at Sciences Po, and the answers to your questions

Health Regulations and Recommendations to Follow

COVID-19 is still circulating actively in France and around the world. In accordance with the latest instructions from the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, health regulations in higher education establishments are being strongly reinforced. We ask the members of all our communities, student, employees, and faculty, to respect these rules scrupulously in order to preserve the health of all, and in particular the most fragile.

Wearing a mask is compulsory for everyone on all campuses, inside and outside, on a continuous basis, even when speaking in front of a group. To protect yourself and others, it is necessary to apply all barrier gestures and physical distancing measures within campuses:

  • Wash your hands very regularly or use a hydro-alcoholic solution before and after manipulating your mask; 
  • Respect a distance of 1 metre with other people;
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue (and immediately dispose of it afterward); or otherwise into your elbow;
  • When greeting, do not shake hands and avoid hugging or kissing;
  • Respect the flow and directions of traffic;
  • Avoid gatherings;
  • Respect the layout of rooms so as to leave an empty space between each person;
  • Respect the maximum authorized number of people in each space;
  • Do not touch your nose, eyes or mouth;
  • Throw away disposable masks and handkerchiefs in the gray waste bins;
  • Avoid loaning equipment; if necessary, disinfect shared equipment;
  • Air out premises;
  • In areas dedicated to eating, only remove your mask when eating or drinking;
  • If symptoms appear, stay home and contact your doctor.

To fight against the spread of COVID-19, we recommend that all members of our communities also apply these barrier gestures (distance, masks, hand hygiene) off campus, and avoid participating in gatherings of over ten people. More than a quarter of infections take place at private gatherings.

> Consult all health measures and regulations pertaining to France on the government information site.

Last updated: 19 October, 2020

Given the evolving context of this issue, your questions and suggestions are essential to help expand and develop these FAQs. Do not hesitate to address them via the email address:

The Situation on Our Campuses: Latest Updates

All Sciences Po campuses are currently open to students, staff and faculty.

Paris campus / in regards to the government curfew: Starting on Monday, October 19, 2020, classes held from 7:15pm-9:15pm will be reduced by fifteen minutes in order to end imperatively at 9:00pm. Students and faculty concerned by these changes must carry with them a special attestation, which can be completed online or on a smartphone. For students, their academic enrolment certificate (certificat de scolarité) and online class schedule may be used as documentation justifying a presence outdoors should they encounter a checkpoint when returning home. Student life activities, public events, and library access must conclude promptly at 8:00pm. 

All campuses: All classes, as well as other academic and student life activities, must take place under strict compliance of health regulations (see previous tab). We urge all our communities to respect barrier gestures at all times and in all circumstances. It is under these conditions that we will be able to continue to offer our dual campus model, combining face-to-face and remote learning. All Sciences Po teams are working to support students and guarantee a quality education, no matter how the health crisis evolves.

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Third-Year Students - 2020/21

Incoming international students for the 2020-21 academic year: Student visas and resident permit applications are being processed as a priority. We invite you to regularly check official information for updated information on specific countries.

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Return & Repatriation

Last updated: 19 October, 2020

TO ALL STUDENTS: If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or if you have been in contact with a person who has, please fill out the following form, which will allow us to help the Regional Health Agency more effectively in the case of a tracing campaign:


Please note that a virological test only establishes a diagnosis at a given time. Also, a negative test does not in any way exempt someone from respecting barrier gestures and physical distancing.

For those who wish to perform an individual screening, virological tests - which can determine if you are ill - are available to everyone, without a prescription, and reimbursed by Health Insurance. It is however recommended to obtain a prescription from your doctor for the test in order to receive results more quickly. These provisions are also applicable to people who are not covered by social security. You can find all the screening locations on the website. The test is recommended as a priority if you are a person at risk, if you are in contact with fragile people or if you have participated in a large gathering. Take advice from a doctor.

Campus screening campaigns will be organised if decided by health authorities. We are in contact with them to establish the terms.