In view of the current health situation and given its constant evolution, Université de Paris has implemented as of January 31, 2021, new measures with regards to incoming and outgoing student mobility.

For additional frequently asked questions related to the lockdown, click below:

  • International mobility planned outside the European Union in the 2nd semester 20/21 (internships or study stays) is suspended, postponed or cancelled until further notice.
  • International mobility, in Europe, in the 2nd semester 20/21 (internships or study stays) is strongly not recommended. They can only be implemented after obtaining an exceptional exemption from the Security and Defense Official. (fonctionnaire-securite-defense@u-paris.fr cc : internationale.drive@u-paris.fr) and on the basis of a compelling reason or absolute necessity.

Mobilities initiated before January 31, 2021 (incoming and outgoing) are maintained: students in internships, exchanges and stays abroad (outside and within the EU) can stay in their host country and must comply with the health regulations of the country where they reside.

You will find below the answers to the frequently asked questions depending on your situation.

Students – Outgoing Mobility

The pandemic continues while I am on mobility abroad. What steps do I need to take?

Be proactive and responsive

  • Sign up on Ariane to receive instructions from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Contact your international relations office to report your situation and obtain information on how to proceed.
  • Contact your academic coordinator who will tell you what to do and how to validate your courses.
  • Notify the consular authorities closest to your place of residence.
  • Follow the instructions given in your country and at your host university. If digital solutions are implemented, don’t neglect them, anticipate the next steps.
  • Stay informed of the health situation and how it evolves in your region.
  • Don’t be alone, keep in touch with your fellow students who are also on the move.

 

 

My mobility is planned over the coming weeks (starting from Semester 2), could I leave even during the lockdown ?

No. Université de Paris University guidelines listed above are very clear.

Mobilities outside Europe, not started by January 31, 2021 are suspended, postponed or cancelled, without exception, until further notice.

Mobilities within Europe, not started on January 31, 2021, are strongly discouraged. Exceptions may be made on an exceptional basis by the Security and Defense Official of the University of Paris, and only on the basis of a compelling and justified reason.

Mobility in Europe or outside Europe that has already begun before January 31, 2021 will be maintained. However, we strongly recommend the students concerned to follow the evolution of the health situation closely, to report to their coordinators at Université de Paris and at the partner’s and to register with the consular authorities of their host country (notably via Ariane).

 

I am going to an authorized country. Can I start preparing my departure (booking flights, accommodation, ...)?

No.  Given mobility is suspended until further notice, it would not be reasonable to anticipate a potential departure (booking a flight, accommodation or other). In any case, Université de Paris cannot commit to reimburse you for the expenses incurred.

Could I benefit from financial aid for mobility during my stay abroad?

The requirements communicated by the funders of mobility aids from Université de Paris (MESRI, ERASMUS, CRIF) are very clear: only physical mobility will be eligible for funding.

Thus, whether the courses are 100% online, hybrid (50% online courses / 50% on-site courses) or face-to-face, the criterion used is your physical presence in the country of the partner university (or of the host organization for internships).

The financial conditions (family allowance, CROUS scholarship) always stay applicable.

Could I receive financial aid if my stay abroad is suspended?

Université de Paris is waiting for guidelines from its funding agencies. This FAQ will be updated as soon as additional information becomes available. Do not hesitate to consult the FAQ on a regular basis.

My host university imposes quarantine or isolation conditions upon entry. This represents unforeseen additional costs. Can I get financial support from Université de Paris?

No. If the local authorities and/or host universities impose quarantine or isolation conditions upon entry, Université de Paris can not under any circumstances cover the costs incurred, considering that you are leaving informed and fully aware of the facts.

Are hybrid mobilities (e.g. 50% online courses / 50% on-site courses) recognized by the Erasmus+ program?

Yes, as stated above in this FAQ, hybrid or 100% online mobility that does not lead to a stay in the host institution’s country abroad will not be eligible for financial assistance for mobility.

Students – Incoming Mobility

The admission of international students is also suspended until further notice. The modalities of entry on French territory are defined on the website of the Ministry of the Interior. International students who are already in France and registered at Université de Paris can stay.

I am currently on incoming mobility this semester at Université de Paris. Is it possible to return temporarily or permanently to my home country?

Yes, you can, if you wish, temporarily return to your home country and continue to follow your courses remotely. In this case, it is crucial that you inform your coordinating academic staff and all of your teachers in order to organize your departure and your remote learning to the best possible extent (e.g., to check whether or not practical exercises are planned or not in the classroom).

If you wish to return home permanently, you must also notify your coordinating academic staff and teachers. You will have to decide whether you wish to give up your mobility (giving up distance learning courses and giving up taking your exams this semester) or whether you simply wish to follow your courses online and then take your exams remotely.

After validation of your decision by your coordinating teacher and in all cases, you must automatically notify your mobility manager at Université de Paris (local BRI and Pôle Commun SRI) and in your home country.

I am currently staying in a CROUS university dormitory, and I will be returning temporarily or permanently to my country of origin. What steps do I need to take?

Any student housed in a CROUS university dormitory, whether for that semester or for the entire academic year, agrees in principle to pay the rent until the end of the rental contract.

To date, it is difficult to know whether or not the CROUS will exempt students from paying rent for the month of November. This FAQ will be updated as soon as more information becomes available. Do not hesitate to consult it on a regular basis.

In any case, if you wish to return to your country of origin: You must absolutely inform your dormitory as well as the Pôle Commun SRI of your intention to return home. (mobility.iro@u-paris.fr).

 

 

 

 

 
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