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

Last updated: 14 May, 2020

The situation at Sciences Po: latest updates

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, access to Sciences Po buildings has been closed to undergraduate students, master students and the public, on all campuses, in Paris and on all our regional campuses since Monday, March 16, 2020, and until further notice.

Classes were moved online from Monday, March 23, 2020, and will remain online for the rest of the spring semester. Academic continuity and the quality of education are ensured via the various tools and innovative methods adapted to a student community present around the world, in different time zones. Subject to compliance with the new educational framework, the validation of this spring semester 2020 is in no way called into question

Starting from 11 May or the start of the “deconfinement” phase, telework remains the rule for all staff members whose roles are eligible. Some of the sites on the Paris campus will be accessible, at set times. Access to regional campuses remains subject to authorisation. For employees who must access the open sites, barrier gestures and distancing measures must be strictly observed. Masks will be made available to employees working on our open sites. >> See details under the Staff & Faculty tab.

A monitoring committee made up of members of Sciences Po’s management meets daily to review the situation and the needs of all of our communities, in France and abroad.

>> For questions about the continuity of Classes, Exams, Internships, see the adjacent tab

>> For students currently abroad, see the "Students Abroad" tab

Recommendations to follow

After several weeks of confinement, a new phase called “deconfinement” begins on May 11, 2020. This phase will run until June 2.

During this phase, the new measures that apply are as follows:

  • Movement is once again authorised in public space
  • Trips via public transport are authorised provided that a mask is worn
  • Travel beyond 100 km from individuals’ homes is prohibited except on compelling family or professional grounds and must be accounted for on a certificate.
  • The majority of shops will be open, as well as libraries, media libraries and small museums
  • Gatherings are limited to 10 people

> Consult all measures concerning the organisation of daily life on the government information site

Sciences Po asks all members of its communities to scrupulously respect these instructions, as well as follow the rules of social distancing and the barrier gestures which remain essential to continue to limit the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands very regularly and use a hydro-alcoholic solution
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • When greeting, do not shake hands and avoid hugging or kissing
  • Use disposable tissues one-time only
  • Respect a distance of 1 meter with other people
  • Wear a mask: masks are compulsory in public transport and highly recommended in situations of interaction with other people

In case of symptoms (cough, fever) suggestive of Covid-19: stay home, avoid physical contact with other people, call a doctor before visiting his/her office or call the emergency number in your region. You can also benefit from a teleconsultation.

If symptoms worsen with difficulty breathing and signs of suffocation, call the SAMU-Center 15.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I am sick?

If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19: remain strictly at home; if you have a vital medical appointment, wear a mask when you go. In the case of difficulty breathing, dial 15 (SAMU emergency services). Arrange and adhere to an initial medical leave of between 7 and 14 days; between the 6th and the 8th day consult a doctor to evaluate your symptoms, and extend this leave for an additional 7 days if your condition requires it. Isolation should be lifted 48 hours after the complete disappearance of symptoms.

It is necessary to inform and send your medical certificate by email to:

  • Staff members: your manager and the HR department (;
  • Professors and permanent faculty: your programme manager (responsable pédagogique) and the HR department (;
  • For part-time teachers: your programme manager (responsable pédagogique);
  • For students: your programme manager (responsable pédagogique)

What should I do if I show symptoms? 

If you are showing any signs of Covid-19 (fever or feeling of fever, cough, difficulty breathing):

  • Contact your general doctor or any doctor available via teleconsultation, or the care centre number of your region 
  • Isolate yourself in your home; avoid any physical contact with others.

> In all cases, follow your doctor's recommendations as to whether or not to continue your professional activity.

Communications sent by Sciences Po

Last updated: 14 May, 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:

Applicants: adjustments to our admission procedures have not yet been fully defined; they will be communicated very soon on our admissions website.

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Internships / Professional Opportunities

Last updated: 20 May, 2020

Incoming Third-Year Students - Autumn 2020

Academic Continuity

This information concerns students who are currently abroad, on an internship or study exchange (3rd year of the Undergraduate College, or at Master level).

Return & Repatriation


Last updated: 14 May, 2020

Work arrangements for staff & faculty

The Sciences Po Intranet for staff members is available remotely (authentication required with Sciences Po username and password). Read our guidelines for remote work (FR).

Health regulations at the workplace