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

Last updated: 25 September, 2020

The Situation at Sciences Po: Latest Updates

IMPORTANT - Due to a significant number of positive cases of Covid-19 :

  • Our Paris campus is temporarily closed to students from Monday 21 September 2020 until Sunday 4 October 2020.
  • Our Reims campus is temporarily closed to students, from September 11 to 27 included. 

Despite this restriction of access to our premises, and thanks to the efforts of both administrative and teaching staff, we are able to guarantee that all teaching will continue as scheduled. Students will be able to follow their courses remotely. We ask that students avoid attending any meeting or gathering during this time. Throughout the suspension of student access, our campus will remain open to all staff members and doctoral students.

Throughout this period, staff at Sciences Po will be mobilised to organise the PCR testing programme, to assist any students encountering difficulties and to prepare for the reopening of our campus. We will be communicating the dates and details of the testing programme over the course of next week. 

> Read details in messages sent to students, professors and staff members on the 18/09/20

TO ALL STUDENTS & STAFF MEMBERS: 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:

The Fall 2020 semester will begin on 14 September 2020 on a “dual campus” model, allowing all 14,000 students to follow their courses regardless of their physical location and the sanitary conditions. Despite this unprecedented context due to Covid-19, academic continuity and the quality of education continue to be ensured. The Spring 2020 Graduation Ceremony will be rescheduled; see the "Classes, Exams, Internships" tab for more  information.

For employees, all of our sites are open and accessible. As of 28 September and until 31 December 2020, all eligible staff continue to be allowed to work from home up to a maximum of three days per week (occasional or regular remote working). 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.

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.


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 organized if decided by health authorities. We are in contact with them to establish the terms.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 staff members: your manager and the HR department (;
  • For 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)

Latest Communication sent by Sciences Po

Last updated: 11 September, 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:

Back to School September 2020 & Fall Semester

Classes & Academic Life

Internships / Professional Opportunities

Last updated: 11 September, 2020

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

Third-Year Students - Fall 2020

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?

Return & Repatriation

Last updated: 25 September, 2020

> For any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the Human Resources Department (

Work arrangements for staff & faculty

Health regulations in the workplace