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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

We remind you that the French government has established a curfew to prevent the spreading of Covid-19. Therefore, staying at home is mandatory between 6PM and 6AM, except for health or professional reasons. You can download your attestation here or fill it in online here.

Because of the propagation of the COVID-19 variants, travellers entering France from an EU country must present a negative PCR test and a sworn statement confirming they present no symptoms and have not been in contact with any Covid-19 positive persons. You can download said statement here.

Where a PCR test cannot be conducted in the country of departure, a screening process is conducted upon arrival and travellers have to enter a mandatory 7-day quarantine.

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: 01 March, 2021

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

In accordance with new government measures establishing a lockdown on weekends in the Alpes Maritimes region, the Menton campus will be closed on the weekend of 6 March 2021. All classes scheduled for Saturday 6 March will take place online, and the library will be closed.

Other Sciences Po campuses are open from 7:45am to 5:15pm, from Mondays to Fridays. Buildings close at 5:30pm.

  • Since 1 February, some classes are held in-person, in compliance with the 20% capacity rule introduced by the government.
  • Libraries on all campuses are open and bookable for study sessions, from Mondays to Saturdays.
  • On-campus study spaces are available for students struggling with working from home. To be allocated a space, students will need to contact their academic advisors.
  • Course evaluations, midterms, and exams will all take place online according to the existing calendar.

Please feel free to consult Useful Resources for Remote Learning, available on our Students website.

There are more than 120 in-person activities for students planned this semester (35 of which may be subject to change according to any new lockdown regulations) and nearly 15 exclusively remote ones, depending on your campus.

At your nearest CROUS cafeteria, you can enjoy two takeaway meals a day for €1 each, upon activation of your Izly account.

All financial aid and social services, as well as the Student Health Office, 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: 01 March, 2021

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:

Health contacts

The Sciences Po Health Centre's medical staff is available on campus or remotely, by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact

The student health ambassadors are running group activities around health promotion and prevention. They are also able to share useful information and advice about health topics such as sleep, addictions and nutrition, and guide you towards the available sources of support if needed. They are present on social media (Facebook and Whaller) and are organising health workshops (on campus or online depending on the pandemic evolution).

In case of emergency: 

  • Dial 112 for emergency services throughout the European Union
  • Dial 15 for the SAMU (French emergency medical services)
  • Dial 18 for your nearest fire station, which also administers first aid
  • Dial 3624 for SOS médecin, a round-the-clock house visit service (calls cost 12 c/minute)
  • Duty chemist/night pharmacies in Île de France (in French only) or around France (in French only)
  • All hospitals have emergency services (in French only)
  • Medical services near campus
  • Help lines


To fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Sciences Po is launching a testing campaign, free and open to all faculty, staff and students. 

Antigen tests are available on the Paris, Reims, Le Havre and Nancy campuses from 8 March 2021. On other campuses, tests are possible through external partners (SIUMPPS, laboratories or local pharmacies). Please reach out to your campus administration for more specific information.

Modalities to get tested on the Paris campus:

  • Testing is available in the cafeteria of the 56, rue des Saints-Pères, Mondays to Fridays from 11 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Appointments are compulsory and must be taken on the website Doctolib

You can find all other testing facilities on the website

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.