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Covid-19 Information: recommendations & frequently asked questions

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

Section #information-regulations

Last updated 07/04/2022

As per the announcement issued by the Ministry for Solidarity and Health, new measures for prevention and protection against the Covid-19 virus will be in force across France as of Monday, March 14, 2022

The barrier measures

It is no longer mandatory to wear a mask in indoor and outdoor spaces. Teachers, students and employees who wish to do so may continue to wear it.

The following rules are no longer mandatory but are still required :

  • Wash hands very regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Do not shake hands when greeting one another and avoid hugging or kissing.
  • If you start to show any symptoms, stay at home and contact your doctor.

Important: Rooms must be ventilated hourly, specifically by opening the classroom windows for a period of 10 minutes.

Continue testing

Testing remains free of charge without a medical prescription for all of the following groups:

Individuals who can show a full vaccination certificate or proof of a contra-indication to vaccination.

Individuals identified as contact cases by the health authorities.

Individuals possessing a certificate of recovery issued less than six months prior.

Minors.

Find a testing centre near you (Fr)

You are reminded that a pack of five self-testing kits is available to all university members free of charge at the reception desk at 27 rue Saint Guillaume and on all campuses. These self-tests are not recognised as proof for the health pass but they remain a useful aid for individual monitoring. Watch this video tutorial before use (Fr) .

If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or been identified as a contact case at risk, please check the information in the “Your Health: Forms and Orientation” tab of this webpage.

Vaccination and Vaccine Pass

Booster doses

Booster doses are a prerequisite for the issuing of a full vaccination certificate. They are available to all adults over 18 years of age. The dose must be administered between three and seven months after an individual’s most recent injection or most recent infection.

The fourth dose of vaccine is open to immunocompromised people and people over 80 who have received their booster dose for more than three months.

Vaccine Pass

As of the 14th of March 2022, the vaccine pass has been suspended until further notice in all places where it was required (leisure and cultural places, commercial catering activities etc.).

However, the “health pass” is still required for access to health and medico-social establishments (except in case of emergencies).

International students can convert vaccine certificates issued in their home country into the French vaccine pass using the following website:

https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etudiants

Where can I be vaccinated/get my booster dose?

You can also make an appointment at any vaccination centre via Doctolib or ViteMaDose.

International Travel

The French government has issued a classification of countries into "green, orange, red or scarlet zones" on the basis of health indicators.

To get full information about the measures and rules in force (FR) when entering and exiting France, see official guidelines on the French government website.

Section #situation-campuses-abroad

Last updated: 07/04/2022

Given the evolving nature of the pandemic, your questions and suggestions are essential to help expand and develop these FAQs. Do not hesitate to send them to us at the email address: contact@sciencespo.fr

Spring Semester 2022

Buildings on all our campuses remain open and accessible at normal hours. The academic year follows the normal academic calendar.

In accordance with the latest government guidelines, a health pass will not be required for access to teaching, educational activities and libraries.

It is no longer mandatory to wear a mask in indoor and outdoor spaces. Teachers, students and employees who wish to do so may continue to wear it.

The following rules are no longer mandatory but are still required :

  • Wash hands very regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Do not shake hands when greeting one another and avoid hugging or kissing.
  • If you start to show any symptoms, stay at home and contact your doctor.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to do so. You can make an appointment using the websites Doctolib (FR) or ViteMaDose (FR).

We are aware that health concerns or travel constraints may make it difficult for some students to join our campuses at the start of the year. Affected students will be able to attend classes remotely exclusively during the first two weeks of the semester. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

Social assistance, health, education: how can we access student services?

All administrative and academic staff remain available in person, by email or via Zoom. Some programmes also run regular meetings with students via Zoom. Check with your programme manager.

To get support with procedures relating to everyday life, such as applying for financial aid, improving your internet connection, accessing the French healthcare system and getting your medical expenses reimbursed, requesting a housing grant from the CAF or applying for a CROUS scholarship: contact the Sciences Po Student Service (FR) or speak to our online team.

Students with a disability can also contact pole.handicap@sciencespo.fr to make arrangements for their needs.
If you are required to self-solate: report your situation to our Student Service using this form. Do not hesitate to do so: we are here to help you!

To get answers to any administrative questions, see this page of frequently asked questions. You can now request to be sent any documents relating to your studies using this form.

Can international students enter France?

When entering France, international students will need to follow specific measures according to their country of departure. We invite you to consult the official guidance regularly for up-to-date information about each country.

Proof of a complete vaccination schedule is sufficient to arrive in France, regardless of the country of origin.

For unvaccinated travellers, there is an obligation to present a negative PCR test to come to France, but the measures on arrival (test, isolation) are lifted when they come from countries on the "green" list, characterized by a moderate circulation of the virus.

When unvaccinated travellers come from a country on the “orange” list, they must continue to present a compelling reason justifying the need for them to come to France and may still be subjected to a random test on arrival. Travelers who test positive will have to isolate themselves, in accordance with the recommendations of the Health Insurance.

Please check the official information regularly to get the latest information on each country.

International students will be given priority in the processing of visa and residence permit applications. Depending on your plans and circumstances, we therefore encourage you to begin your visa and residence permit applications as soon as possible.

We are aware that health concerns or travel constraints may make it difficult for some students to join our campuses at the start of 2022. Courses will be run in hybrid format and/or filmed for those students affected.

Our adapted academic regulations will be maintained, requiring attendance at courses in person, in hybrid format or remotely, as appropriate

Check the current rules for international travel (FR)

Events

Numerous events take place in face-to-face, hybrid format, or are broadcast online: You can consult the list of upcoming events on our Events page.

Section #your-health-forms-and-orientation

Last updated: 07/04/2022

Read the latest information on student health

TO ALL STUDENTS: If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or been identified as a contact case at risk, please fill out the following form so that we can assist the regional health authority (Agence Régionale de Santé) more effectively in the event that a tracing campaign is launched:

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 pole.sante@sciencespo.fr. On the regional campuses, please contact the administrative team.

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

Continue testing

  • Testing remains free of charge without a medical prescription for all of the following groups:
  • Individuals who can show proof of a full vaccination certificate or a contraindication to vaccination.
  • Individuals identified as contact cases by the health authorities.
  • Individuals possessing a certificate of recovery issued less than six months prior.
  • Minors.

Find a testing centre near you (Fr)

You are reminded that a pack of five self-testing kits is available to all university members free of charge at the reception desk at 27 rue Saint Guillaume. These self-tests are no longer recognised as proof for the health pass but they remain a useful aid for individual monitoring. Watch this video tutorial before use (Fr) .

What should I do if I show symptoms? 

If you start to show any symptoms of Covid-19 (fever or feeling of fever, cough, difficulty breathing):

  • Call your GP (médecin traitant) or any doctor providing consultations over the phone. You can also call the round-the-clock health centre for your region.
  • Take a PCR test and self-isolate at home: avoid any physical contact with others while you wait for the result.
  • If you are having difficulty breathing, dial 15 for the emergency services.
What should I do if I test positive?

If you have taken an antigen test or a self-test, you will need to confirm the result with a PCR test.

If you receive a positive PCR test result and have a full vaccination record (with a vaccine recognised by the European Union: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, and including a booster dose if applicable):

  • Self-isolate for five days if the PCR or antigen test you take on your fifth day of isolation is negative and you have not shown any symptoms for 48 hours. 
  • Otherwise, self-isolate for seven days.

If you receive a positive PCR test result and do not have a full vaccination record:

  • Self-isolate for seven days if the PCR or antigen test you take on your seventh day of isolation is negative and you have not shown any symptoms for 48 hours.
  • Otherwise, self-isolate for ten days.

You will need to communicate your results and forward the test certificate to:

  • For students: your academic advisor.
  • For members of the permanent faculty: your programme manager and the HR department (personnel.covid@sciencespo.fr
  • For temporary faculty: your programme manager.
  • For staff: your line manager and the HR department (personnel.covid@sciencespo.fr)
What should I do if I have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive (a contact case)?

If you have a full vaccination record (with a vaccine recognised by the European Union: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, and including a booster dose if applicable) or if you have contracted the Covid-19 in the last 4 months:

  • You do not need to self-isolate.
  • Take only one test (self-test, PCR or antigen test) on day 2 after being in contact with a positive person. In case your self-test is positive, you will need to confirm the result with a PCR.

If you do not have a full vaccination record, the same rules apply:

  • You do not need to self-isolate.
  • Take only one test (self-test, PCR or antigen test) on day 2 after been in contact with a positive person. In case your self-test or antigen test is positive, you will need to confirm the result with a PCR test.

Should you find yourself in any of these situations, please contact your GP (médecin traitant) for guidance.

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