Summer 2021 Semester Information: Health, Safety, Travel and More

The information outlined below is intended for new and returning students to prepare for arrival in Paris for the Summer 2021 semester. You will learn about the policies and guidelines that govern our return to campus, and read important information about travel and classes. If you have any questions, please contact your Admissions Counselor.

(Last updated: February 18, 2020)


I. Travel to France

Travel from outside the Schengen Area into France has been restricted. AUP Summer Programs is awaiting further guidance from the Ministry of the Interior regarding travel for students this summer.

  • If you require a short stay visa for travel to France, please contact your local French Consulate.
  • If you do not require a short stay visa for travel to France you will need to travel with proof of enrollment in AUP Summer Programs, which we will provide for you, as well as proof of housing in France for the entirety of the program period.

Additional Requirements apply for certain regions of the world:



  • No specific access restrictions to the French territory; an attestation of an absence of symptoms of Covid-19 and of contact in the fourteen days preceding the flight with a confirmed case may be requested:  Member states of the European Union (EU) as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, United Kingdom, San Marino, Holy See, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.



  • Traveling from the United States, the UAE, Bahrain, Panama, South Africa, Algeria, China, Ecuador, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, DRC, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Zimbabwe: Before boarding, students must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours. Otherwise, it will be possible to carry out a test on arrival in France, at the airport. In the event of a positive result, isolation for 7 days may be imposed. (Please find additional information about traveling from the United States to France on the Consulate's website.)
  • Traveling from all other countries: Students must carry out a test upon arrival in France, at the airport. In the event of a positive result, isolation for 7 days may be imposed.


Bring with you – all countries with travel restrictions:

  • Negative PCR test (COVID-19 test)
    • Depending on the country you are traveling from, you may need to provide a negative PCR test (COVID-19 test) administered within 72 hours of departure before boarding for France. Without this test, boarding can be denied.
  • International Travel Certificate for Metropolitan France - Download – More Info
    • Check the box for “student” status.
    • You must carry this certificate when you travel (by air, sea or land, including by rail), as you may be asked to present it when boarding your transportation as well as to border control authorities upon arrival.
  • A self-declaration stating that you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 and that, to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the two weeks prior to the flight
    • included in the same document as the International Travel Certificate
  • A contact sheet with your address in France
    • The Residential Life team will provide the contact sheet to all students housed through AUP.
    • For those students who have not secured housing through AUP, bring a copy of your lease, contract or other official document indicating the address of where you will stay.
    • We also recommend keeping your Official Acceptance Letter easily accessible in a carry-on.

Source: The information listed on this page is updated regularly.   


AUP’s Health Office ( can provide helpful information about where to get tested for Covid-19 in France, but we are unable to assist with testing in other countries. Students currently in the US can find out about local testing options by visiting this page on the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


II. Testing for Covid-19


Please consult your primary care physician to determine the best way to receive a PCR (Covid-19) test within 72 hours before you travel to France.


All questions or concerns should be addressed to the AUP Health Office at ().


Is Covid-19 testing available to anyone who requests it?

Yes, but people with symptoms and a prescription will be given priority.


What are the main symptoms of Covid-19?

Symptoms include fever, cough, chest pains, respiratory discomfort and a loss of the senses of taste and smell. You may request a test even if you are not experiencing any symptoms yet.


Are there different types of tests for Covid-19?

Yes. There are three that you should be aware of:

  1. RT-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) – This test tells you whether you currently have Covid-19. It's administered by taking a viral swab from the nose.
  2. Serological ELISA test (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) – This test tells you if you contracted Covid-19 in the past. It is a blood test that looks for antibodies. The rapid serological tests or TRODs can detect antibodies from one drop of blood in a few minutes.
  3. Antigen Testing (saliva tests) for rapid diagnosis in 30 minutes. Pharmacies and GPs have received supplies to perform the test themselves. Priority will be given to symptomatic cases.


Do I need a prescription to get a test?



Where can I be tested?

There are currently two main ways to be tested in France:


How much will it cost?

  • RT-PCR testing: 72€.
  • Serological ELISA test: 12,15€ (9,45€ if a rapid test)


Am I still contagious if my Serological ELISA test is positive and I've developed antibodies?

Possibly. Having antibodies doesn't necessarily mean you can't transmit the virus or contract the virus again. Social distancing is still necessary. Also, there's a 5% false-positive rate for serological tests. Serological tests can't replace a PCR test.

Sources: French Ministry of Solidarity and Health: (

III. Academic Life


You should come equipped with a working laptop. While we expect to be teaching face-to-face in classrooms on campus, many of your professors will be using technology to enhance your learning. We also need to be prepared for remote teaching if necessary, during which periods it would be essential that you have a laptop and reliable internet connection.

IV. The Importance of Masks

  • Masks should only be used by one person and should not be shared.
  • All masks should be changed if wet or visibly soiled; a wet mask should not be worn for an extended period of time.
  • Remove the mask without touching the front of the mask. Do not touch your eyes or mouth after the mask has been removed. Either discard the mask or place it in a sealable bag where it is kept until it can be washed and cleaned. Wash your hands immediately after handling a mask.
  • In January 2021, the Haut conseil de santé publique recommended wearing masks that filter at least 90% of 3-micron particles. This new measure, along with social distancing and personal protective measures, aims to improve prevention with regard to the different Covid-19 variants, deemed to be more contagious.
    • In France, fabric masks conforming to this requirement are called Category 1 fabric masks made according to AFNOR Spec S76-001 and filter at least 90% of these particles and are therefore recommended. Depending on model, the degree of protection they provide is close to, or even better than, the protection provided by surgical masks. Home-made category 2 masks are therefore not recommended from now on.
    • Surgical masks also fall into this category
  • Non-medical masks should be washed frequently and handled carefully, so as not to contaminate other items. If the layers of fabrics look noticeably worn out, discard the mask.
  • Check the mask’s material for the highest permitted washing temperature. If instructions for washing are indicated on the clothing label, verify that you can wash the mask in hot water. Wash at 60°C with soap or laundry detergent.
    • Non-woven polypropylene (PP) spunbond fabrics may be washed at high temperatures, up to 125°C. Natural fibers may resist high temperature washes and ironing. Wash the mask carefully (without too much friction, stretching or wringing).
    • The combination of non-woven PP spunbond and cotton can tolerate high temperatures; masks made of this material may be steamed or boiled.
  • Where hot water is not available, wash the mask with soap or detergent at room temperature, then either boil the mask for one minute or soak it in 0.1% chlorine solution for one minute then thoroughly rinse the mask with room temperature water to remove any residual chlorine.
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V. Cultural Programs

All Cultural Program activities are designed with the latest Covid-19 travel and safety recommendations in mind. Please go check the Cultural Program page on AUP Engage and the Cultural Program webpages for the latest news.

VI. Health and Safety Policies


The American University of Paris is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment for students, faculty and staff when our buildings reopen. To that end, we will continue to follow the recommendations of the French government as regards a return to university campuses in the context of Covid-19. To protect our community, we are calling upon all members of the AUP community, including students, to share in the responsibility of drawing a protective circle around our campus and the University community itself by being attentive—in both our personal and professional behaviors—to public health recommendations, University policies, your own symptoms and those of your friends and families, as well as your masking and social distancing behavior both on campus and off.

We fully expect the unexpected this Summer and intend to follow all French government recommendations for health and safety, as well as further confinement (and return once again to full remote learning) should that be required. In many instances, AUP policies are stricter than government policies, although they remain in alignment with those that have been published to date. We are currently in a fluid, changing situation requiring open communication amongst all members of our community. Respect on the part of all for the difficulty of the conditions we are navigating should determine our relations with one another during this challenging period. 

We have developed the following expectations and support systems for students as we look to the AUP Summer School. Our policies will necessarily continue to evolve as the situation on the ground changes, and French government guidelines are issued. Our intention at present is to offer the AUP Summer School as planned with in-person learning the norm. Consult our academic calendar here for the dates of AUP Summer School.



During Orientation, all new students will receive training on the security protocol put in place to protect our community. Attendance at this important session is mandatory, and your presence will be required and recorded.  



  • A student who feels ill should not come to school, nor will any student with a fever or Covid-19 symptoms be allowed to remain on campus. Students who experience symptoms of Covid-19—notably fever and a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea—should notify the AUP Health Office (Monday through Friday during working hours), or use our International SOS app (available, 24/7) which can make an appointment for them with one of our referral doctors. In France, Covid-19 testing and tracing is initiated through the médecin traitant system; health providers will track symptoms and report to public health. AUP has a doctor on campus two half-days a week who will be available to see students, assess their health situation, and recommend testing if necessary.   
  • Students are covered by our International SOS contract, and will receive instructions on how to install the app during Orientation. Students may access the app at any moment of the day or night, during the school semester or when on vacation or traveling, to receive help with a suspected Covid-19 diagnosis or any other health concern. The medical personnel answering the phone will help you determine whether you need emergency support (an ambulance to take you to a hospital emergency room) or whether you should see a doctor at the earliest possible moment. The team can make appointments, arrange services, and also advise on isolating or quarantining. It liaises with the AUP Student Health Office.
  • Students who are identified as having come in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19, will be required to self-isolate (even without symptoms), following their classes remotely during the interim from home.  AUP’s Health Office will support any students who find themselves in this situation;  we will have special accommodations available for students who have to isolate or quarantine. 
  • We recommend that all students download the Tous Anti-Covid app developed by the French government which—without violating strict European privacy laws—can notify you if your phone indicates you may have been exposed to the virus.    
  • If a student contracts Covid-19, he or she will be followed by French public health authorities and will not return to campus until cleared by his or her health care provider or Assurances Maladie (the French national health system within which teams manage tracing, isolating, testing and thereby containment of outbreaks). Any student who falls ill will also be followed by AUP’s Health Office. Before returning to school, students will require a negative Covid test. Their ID card will be deactivated for as long as the test shows positive. 



AUP students will be expected to follow all French government health recommendations for the practice of barrier methods that inhibit transmission of Covid-19:  social distancing, frequent hand washing, regular use of sanitizing gel and wipes, use of disposable tissues, and covering the mouth and nose in the event of coughing or sneezing. 

  • Masks will be required for everyone present on campus, including students, faculty, staff, and the occasional visitor or guest lecturer. Masks must cover the nose and mouth, and it is recommended that masks fit snugly under the chin and have two layers. AUP will provide one re-usable mask per student at Orientation, and will expect beyond that first issue that students will have their own masks. Emergency supplies of disposable masks will be maintained in all buildings in case of need at the reception desk. Masks must be worn everywhere on campus and at all times. 
  • The use of masks in classrooms and offices is guided by French government guidelines. Masks must also be worn in bathrooms to protect against aerosol dispersion of the virus. It is also recommended that the toilet lid be closed before flushing. Hand sanitizer is supplied in dispensers at the entrances to buildings, in all classrooms,- and in offices that receive visitors. 
  • An Open Door policy prevails throughout the campus. If confidentiality requires that an office door be closed when a faculty member or staff member is meeting with a student, only the owner of the office should touch the inside door handle (to close and open the door). In classrooms, where doors will likely need to be closed because of noise, the professor should be the person opening and closing the door. 
  • Depending on classroom size and typology of courses, according to plans issued by the Provost’s Office, classes may, in certain cases, be split into two groups: one in person and the other remote. This organization will allow each student to benefit each week from some face-to-face contact. Large group events involving outside audiences will not take place on campus and events of over 25 people on campus will need to adhere to all safety protocols and will require approval of the arrangements in advance. Student-organized events will require approval in advance from Student Leadership.  
  • Staff responsible for University security (including members of the Leadership Team, the Director of Human Resources, and Phil von Eiff and members of his team) will have the authority to refuse access to buildings or spaces to anyone who refuses to comply with AUP’s health policies.  
  • The University will ensure the cleaning of common areas twice daily, with special attention to doorknobs and railings, elevators and stairwells, and other commonly used areas. 
  • Faculty, staff and students should open windows as often as possible, or leave them open if outside noise does not impede the work being accomplished in the classroom.  
  • Fans must not be used when more than one person is present in the room. 
  • Physical distancing must be observed to the greatest extent possible, even with the use of masks. The general French guideline for distancing with masks is 1 meter between persons. 
  • All face-to-face meetings—Student Senate meetings, club meetings, advising meetings, and even one-on-one meetings with faculty if they cannot be properly socially distanced—should be replaced by video calls to the maximum extent possible. 


  • For Summer 2021, and until the global situation stabilizes, AUP-sponsored travel for students will be severely limited and require the approval of the President. 
  • All members of the AUP community are requested to vigorously limit travel this semester in order to preserve the confines of the AUP “bubble” as much as possible. 
  • As a general rule governing study trips this semester, group travel will be authorized only within France. This rule will be reexamined for the Fall 2021 semester.  


  • As part of our campus-wide effort to keep our campus and community safe, and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of the entire AUP community, students are invited to report the behavior of any individual who does not appear to be adhering to the AUP safety protocols. If this situation should arise, please contact Marc Monthéard, AUP’s VP for Student Services and Security ( 
  • Our greatest aid to maintaining a healthy campus is the responsibility of every single member of the AUP community to report symptoms and/or contact with suspected or real cases of Covid-19, and to support the efforts of tracing and testing.  The ready availability of tests in France and the rapid return of results make it possible to react quickly and to limit the propagation of the virus in real time.  
  • Students who come forward will always be treated by our staff with the greatest compassion and support, and confidentiality whenever possible.

VII. Refund Policy

  • AUP Summer School tuition (including the 500 EUR tuition deposit) is fully refundable up to 30 days before the start of classes
  • Between 30 days before the start of classes and the first day of class, AUP Summer School tuition is refundable minus the 500 EUR tuition deposit
  • AUP Summer School will continue to review these policies with respect to the COVID-19 crisis and any potential travel restrictions to France
  • All requests for the refund of tuition payments will be considered on a case-by-case basis

VIII. Travel Insurance

The American University of Paris cannot provide health insurance for visiting summer students. We strongly encourage summer students to check with their insurance provider regarding international coverage and/or purchasing a travel insurance supplement for their summer travels. Make sure that your coverage includes COVID-19 testing and treatment.