Health Regulations and Recommendations to Follow
On 28 October 2020, the French president Emmanuel Macron announced new measures to restrict movements and gatherings of people as much as possible in the form of a national lockdown from 30 October to 1 December at the earliest.
Starting 30 October 2020, in conformity with the government's nationwide lockdown, Sciences Po, along with all other institutions of higher education in France:
- will close all of its sites on all campuses;
- will move all classes online starting 2 November;
- will generalise remote work for all staff members and faculty.
We remind you that travel within France is currently not permitted. Please consult the dedicated government website (FR) to enquire about the exceptions. You can download any permanent attestations here and complete the online attestation here (FR) should you need to justify movements.
While the borders with the European Union remain open with some exceptions, external borders are closed. French citizens abroad remain free to return to the national territory. Visit the government website for more information.
We ask the members of all our communities (students, employees, and faculty) to continue to respect barrier gestures when in the presence of others in order to preserve the health of all, and in particular the most fragile:
- Wash your hands very regularly or use a hydro-alcoholic solution before and after manipulating your mask;
- Respect a distance of 2 metres 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;
- Do not touch your nose, eyes or mouth;
- Use digital resources such as the government app Tous AntiCovid;
- Air out premises for at least 10 minutes, three times a day;
- If symptoms appear, stay home and contact your doctor.
> Consult all health measures and regulations pertaining to France on the government information site.
Last updated: 6 November, 2020
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The Situation on Our Campuses: Latest Updates
Due to the national lockdown declared on 28 October 2020, Sciences Po campuses are currently closed.
As a result:
- All classes will be held online as of 2 November 2020.
- Course evaluations, midterms, and exams will all take place online according to the existing calendar.
- Access to the library is possible by appointment only and under certain conditions. See below for more information.
Please feel free to consult Useful Resources for Remote Learning, available on our Students website.
Sports and cultural activities are suspended during the lockdown period. An online offering will be put into place and communicated with you in the coming days.
All financial aid and social services, as well as the Student Health Office, will remain open and at your disposal to accompany you during this challenging period. It is very important that you remain attentive and careful, both for yourself and for the well-being of others.
Finally, it is crucial that we all work to maintain a strong link between Sciences Po and its students. As such, we will share with you information about a series of student activities to take place virtually that will help to keep us engaged in building our community together.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How is the fall semester being carried out?
Despite the restrictions placed on accessing our sites, the Sciences Po teams guarantee academic continuity thanks to the ongoing, tireless mobilisation of our academic and administrative staff. The dual campus model that we built last spring - based on a hybrid, in-person/digital campus framework - has enabled us to adapt quickly to the evolving context of the sanitary crisis and to shift coursework online as necessary.
Classes & Academic Life
How are classes being organised?
For courses already taking place online, class modalities remain unchanged. For courses whose structure must be adjusted to accommodate the governmental decision announced on 28 October, adapted modalities will be communicated imminently by your academic team.
Sciences Po continues to guarantee academic continuity and the quality of its education and degrees thanks to various tools and innovative methods supported by the Institute of Skills and Innovation. Academic continuity has been based upon three principles:
- Maintaining the quality of teaching leading to the validation of your semester;
- Reducing the weekly course load in order to leave more time for independent study and for the organisational constraints you are faced with;
- Reinforce follow-ups and communication with all our students on an individual basis.
In addition, teaching time and evaluation methods have been made more flexible.
On what platform do remote classes take place?
All students have a personal access to the ZOOM platform,. This tool is in addition to a variety of educational materials which help to maintain regular living and working routines, while still taking into account the variable conditions of internet access.
Is attendance mandatory for remote classes?
For remote classes, attendance continues to be recorded by teachers in order to identify students in potentially difficult situations, but it is not penalized. Nonetheless, you are strongly advised to follow remote courses in order to validate them. Consult class regulations updated on 30 June 2020 (FR).
Social assistance, health, education: how can we access student services?
All financial and social assistance services as well as the health centre are maintained and available to support you throughout the semester and in particular during the lockdown period. Visit the Students website for more information.
A student handbook has been made available to answer frequently asked questions. To request any document regarding your academic registration, please fill out this form.
Student life: how can we participate in activities?
Sports and cultural activities are suspended during lockdown. A remote offer will be put online soon. Consult the page "Campus Life Online."
Can we access library resources?
Starting 4 November:
- In Paris, only the library at 27 rue Saint-Guillaume is open, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Libraries on our regional campuses are also open, see the opening hours on this page.
The library is only accessible via reservation. It is accessible to students, researchers and faculty who are members of the Sciences Po community. External readers, even registered readers, will not be able to access it. See conditions on this page.
Please note: The wearing of a mask and the respect of barrier gestures are compulsory in all areas of the library at all times.
The library's online resources remain accessible via the Digital Resources page or the catalog.
When will the 2020 graduation ceremonies take place?
The graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 were not able to take place as originally planned on 26 and 27 June 2020 at the Philharmonie de Paris. Alternatives are however being studied and will be communicated to students concerned as soon as possible.
Internships / Professional Opportunities
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.
> How to apply for a visa and residence permit
> Press Release by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
My university is allowing me to go ahead with the exchange semester (semester 5), either in-person or online. What are the implications of my choice?
Students with an offer for an exchange semester (either in-person or online) from their host university may carry out the semester according to the arrangements proposed by their host university.
The possibility of carrying out the semester abroad in person will depend entirely on the possibility of travelling to and staying in the host country.
In either case, the continuation of your studies will be ensured by your host university according to the pedagogical arrangements that they propose. Provided that all conditions are met for both semesters, you will be able to validate your 3rd year having completed two exchange semesters at that university. On the Sciences Po side, you will remain under the tutelage of the geographic programme manager responsible for your host university’s country within the Direction of International Affairs.
What does the 5th semester taking place at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College consist of?
The Undergraduate College is fully aware that some third-year students will not be able to undertake an international exchange during the fall 2020 semester.
During the fall 2020 semester, we will offer classes equalling a total of 30 ECTS, according to the following layout:
- a lecture (cours magistral) with workshop (conférence de méthode);
- a Master’s level core course;
- the choice between: 2 seminars + 1 language course linked with your exchange project, or 3 seminars, either based on diversified academic themes or on specialised themes (ex: planetary transformations, media/media literacy, gender studies, European Union, etc.);
- and finally, it will be possible to undertake the Grand écrit during S5.
The class schedules and specific academic modalities will be communicated at the beginning of June, before class registrations, as for all Sciences Po programmes.
What’s happening with semester 6?
At the moment, university exchanges in semester 6 are planned to go ahead for all students, regardless of their situation and decision for semester 5 (except in exceptional cases where students are reassigned to a different partner university for the whole year). This is, of course, dependent on the conditions permitting the exchange, which may be subject to changes in sanitary, safety and transport conditions, government guidelines, and any other factors related to the current situation. The status of exchanges for semester 6 will be confirmed during the autumn semester.
What about the Capstone project? (Grand écrit)
Naturally, all educational requirements, independent of the 3rd year on exchange abroad or internship, will be maintained under conditions previously communicated to you. This concerns in particular the Capstone project, which is a pillar of the culmination of your studies at Sciences Po’s Undergraduate College.
I am having difficulty continuing my semester online with the course offerings proposed by my host institution, what can I do?
First and foremost, please contact the Office of International Affairs whose programme managers may contact your host institution and / or make a personal assessment of your situation.
My host institution has switched to a pass/fail grading system. Will Sciences Po accept credits obtained in this form?
Due to the exceptional circumstances of Covid-19, and if this is a set decision of your host university in the current context, Sciences Po will exceptionally recognise credits obtained by a pass/fail evaluation - corresponding to full course credit and ensuring that you may validate your semester.
Return & Repatriation
I fear that I will be stuck in my host country due to travel restrictions, and that I will not be able to return to my home country at the end of the semester. What are Sciences Po's guidelines?
Many countries have restricted international travel. Whatever your decision for the rest of your semester, we recommend that you keep us informed, in conjunction with the local authorities and your consulate.
Naturally, for those who fear being stuck in a host country, we strongly encourage them to return as soon as possible to their country of permanent residence, where they can continue to pursue their education remotely, according to the instructions of the Sciences Po teaching teams.
The country I am currently in has closed its borders, what should I do?
If you haven’t already, immediately contact the Sciences Po International Affairs (DAI) representative of your host country for assistance.
What steps need to be taken regarding medical insurance and the MAIF repatriation from Sciences Po?
If you are not affected by Covid-19 yourself, there are no steps to be taken with the MAIF, which does not cover early returns.
If you are sick, you must immediately notify Sciences Po and the MAIF as Sciences Po students benefit from medical and repatriation insurance during their study abroad. Sciences Po's contract number with MAIF is N°4089550K, and the support services can be reached at 0800 875 875 from France and 0033 5 49 77 47 78 from abroad.
Last updated: 6 November, 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 sante.fr 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.
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.
> If you are having difficulty breathing, dial 15. In all cases, follow your doctor's recommendations.
What should I do if I am sick?
If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, whether you are showing symptoms or not, you must remain strictly at home for the duration prescribed by your doctor. In the case of difficulty breathing, dial 15 (SAMU emergency services).
It is necessary to inform and send your medical certificate by email to:
- For students: your programme manager (responsable pédagogique)
- For part-time teachers: your programme manager (responsable pédagogique).
- For staff members: your manager and the HR department (email@example.com);
- For Professors and permanent faculty: your programme manager (responsable pédagogique) and the HR department (firstname.lastname@example.org);