[covid-19] Frequently asked questions (International students, researchers and staff)

In the frame of Covid-19 epidemic situation, all the university services have been working on proposing solutions regarding this exceptional situation. You'll find hereunder the replies to Frequently asked questions.

FAQ covid
  1. Sanitary measures at Université de Rennes 1
  2. Visa and residence informations
  3. I wish to come and study at Université de Rennes 1 (individual or exchange mobility) in 2020-2021

Sanitary measures at Université de Rennes 1

I report to the administration ASAP :
> if I have tested positive (with or without symptoms)
> if I have been identified as a "cas contact" (exposed to someone with COVID-19) by a general practitioner or by the Assurance Maladie
> if I have several symptoms and I am expecting to get tested, or expecting results of a virological test


Symptoms of COVID-19

Common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell
​You think you have symptoms of Covid-19, and you want to know what to do?
A medical guidance questionnaire is at your disposal

If I have one or more symptoms:

  • I call a doctor rightaway, and I get a medical consultation ASAP (teleconsultation or physical consultation) in order to be examinated, and to get prescribed a virological (RT-PCR) test if necessary.
    It is possible to get tested without medical prescription, even without having symptoms. With or without prescription, the test is fully reimbursed by the Health insurance.
  • I report to the university administration.
  • I check where is the nearest testing centre on sante.fr, and I get an appointment.
  • I go to the testing centre with my identity card/passport, my Carte Vitale and my prescription for the test
  • I stay home and wait for the results
  • I get the results within 24 to 36 hours

Meanwhile, I stay home and avoid contacts. If the symptoms get worse, or if I have shortness of breath, I call the emergency number 15 (SAMU ambulance service).

If I have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, I get informed by the Assurance maladie staff.

  • I stay home and isolate myself
  • I report to the university administration
  • I get tested
  • I check on my health, my temperature (twice a day), and check whether I have new symptoms
It is compulsory, for staff, teachers and students to wear a facemask on the university campuses, indoor and outdoor.

  • General informations

Compulsory wearing of a facemask 
It is compulsory, for staff, teachers and students to wear a facemask on the university campuses, indoor and outdoor.
Students coming on the campuses are invited to come with a sufficient number of facemasks, in order to be able to wear a new one every four hours.

Physical distancing and rooms ventilation
Amphithatres : capacity reduced to 50%, with one seat occupied out of two, ventilation of the amphithatre on a regular basis.  
Classrooms and computer rooms: capacity unchanged, ventilation every hour during fifteen minutes. Doors are to remain opened.
University librairies : capacity reduced in order to allow physical distancing, closing of the meeting rooms. Students have to reserve their seat before coming to the library. The informations are regularly updated on the libraries' website.

Limiting the number of interactions between students 
Students are to get in and out of the classrooms not at the same time. As much as possible, one group of students for one classroom, for the day.

Washing hands and maintenance of premises
Hydroalcoholic solution available at the entrance of buildings, classrooms, computer rooms, in common spaces and meeting rooms.
Disinfection of premices and furniture:  
 - amphitheatres, classrooms, computer rooms, disinfected on a daily-basis. Twice a day for lavatories. 
 - disinfection material available at each level of the various university buildings.

  • University staff:

All the nformations related to the PRA (Recovery action plan "Plan de Reprise d'Activités") are available on the intranet of the university.



  • I apply precaution gestures.
  • I call a doctore in case I have symptoms of COVID-19, even if moderate or if I have a doubt .
  • I do a virological test if prescribed by a doctor.
    It is possible to get tested without medical prescription, even without having symptoms. With or without prescription, the test is fully reimbursed by the Health insurance.
  • I stay at home and isolate myself rightaway in case I'm ill or if I was exposed to someone with COVID-19.


Staff are to follow the the sanitary instructions mentionned in the recovery plan of the unviersity.


The access to each building is possible only via one single entrance, in order to follow sanitary precautions and enable people to wash their hands or get access to hydroalcoholic solution.

Sanitary measures:

University staff who go back on site are to follow the sanitary measures (physical distancing, washing hands, desinfection of devices, etc...) mentionned in the recovery plan.


  • Wash your hands before putting or taking off your mask
  • use the elastic bands and adjust the mask in order to cover your mouth, your chest and chin, not leaving gaps on the sides
  • Remove the mask from behind the ears or head
  • The mask must be removed and changed if wearing it for 4 hour, and before if damaged or removed (for eating or drinking for instance)


  • Do not touch the front of the mask
  • Do not wear the mask only over mouth or nose
  • Do not place it in your pocket or bag after wearing, but place it in a plastic bag to avoid any potential contamination
  • When ill, this mask for general public is not suitable. You must refer to your GP
  • The cloth mask is to be washed at a 60° temperature for at least 30 minutes

Official recommandations are to be found on the dedicated governement website

Visa and residence informations


Information for residence documents

In order to secure the stay of legally resident foreign researchers and students, and in order to avoid any loss of rights, the validity of the residence documents have been extended. Residence permits that were to be expired between 16th March and 15th June have been automatically extended for six months. An online service will soon be accessible for simple procedures, whereas physical reception in prefectures reopens progressively.
For additional information, you can contact the CMI (Centre for international mobility) 

Information regarding areas considered as "green" or "red" zone is regularly updated on Campus France's dedicated wepage.
If you arrive from a zone where the virus is still active, or from a zone where the virus is very active, please refer to the informations provided by the ministry of Health:


You are coming from a country where the coronavirus is still circulating active

You come from a country where the coronavirus is circulating very actively - © ministry of health

As travel restrictions at Europe’s internal borders have been lifted since 15 June, Université de Rennes 1 allows professionnal travels and missions abroad in a country of the EU, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and the United Kingdom. Note that for people entering the United Kingdom, a period of self-isolation of fourteen days is still mandatory.
More informations about the reopening of the frontiers can be found here.

Professionnal travels and missions out of Europe are authorized for countries that are within the "green area", that is to say countries where the virus is not actively circulating. This list of countries is updated at least every two weeks.


I wish to come and study at Université de Rennes 1 (individual or exchange mobility) in 2020-2021

Following the international strategy of Université de Rennes 1, the majority of our training courses remains open to European and International students for the 2020-2021 academic year.

This opening concerns individual students, as well as exchange students from partner institutions.

The majority of our training courses remains open to European as well as International students, provided that the sanitary situation in the world allows it.

All the international students concerned by differentiated fees will be exempted for 2020-2021 academic year, by decision of the executive board on May 28th

Since August 18, 2020, French consulates are authorized to deliver visas to international students and researchers . The steps to follow are different depending on the country you come from: check out Campus France's dedicated webpage for more information
The university has decided that for the academic year 2020-2021, all international students subject to differentiated fees will be fully exempted, and will therefore pay the same amount as EU students and nationals. More information on our dedicated webpage


In case you have specific questions, you can contact us to the following email adress:


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