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

Last updated: 22 June, 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. The start of the new school year will take place on 14 September 2020, on a “dual campus” model which will allow all 14,000 students to follow the normal course of their studies, regardless of their location and health conditions.

As of 2 June, all of our sites have been reopened and accessible to all employees who can and wish to access our buildings. Starting 22 June, extended telework remains possible (for eligible roles) until 31 August included. Nevertheless, all employees who can come to work on our sites are encouraged to return in order to strengthen the animation of our work collective. For employees who are present on our sites, barrier gestures and distancing measures must be strictly observed. Masks are 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

Since the beginning of deconfinement on 11 May, a new phase has started on 22 June 2020.

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

  • Movement is once again authorised in the public space;
  • Trips via public transport are authorised provided that a mask is worn;
  • Travel beyond 100 km from individuals’ homes is now authorised, within French borders;
  • The majority of shops are open, as are restaurants, libraries, media libraries, museums and monuments;
  • Swimming pools and fitness centres are open;
  • Gatherings continue to be 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 continue to follow the rules of social distancing and the barrier gestures which remain essential to protect themselves and others:

  • 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: 3 July, 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:

Incoming international students for the 2020-21 academic year: France will gradually open its borders, and student visa and resident permit applications will be processed as a priority.

French authorities have confirmed the lift of travel restrictions since 15 June within the countries of the European Union. Restrictions will be lifted from 1 July for other countries depending on the regional health situation. We invite you to regularly check official information for updated information on specific countries.

Your international student visa and resident permit applications will be processed as a priority. Therefore, according to your projects and situation, we encourage you to start your visa and resident permit applications as soon as possible.

> How to apply for a visa and residence permit
> Press Release by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

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