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Recommendations & Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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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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

Return & Repatriation

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 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.