Communication Covid-19

Updated 8 October 2021 | Updates from French Government, Campus France and APUAF Covid-19 Committee.

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Founded in 1875, the Université Catholique de Lille is a multidisciplinary institution unique in France. From its very beginnings, what is now France’s largest private, not-for-profit university has distinguished itself within the fields of higher education, research, and health, through its commitment to mutual care as a central value. The institution both supports and is supported by the local region and community, and is open to diversity, and to the world.

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  • Erasmus Days 2021

    The University celebrates the Erasmus Days on 14, 15 and 16 October

    Erasmus Days start today!

    Join us 14,15, and 16 October, either online or (at last!) in person, for conferences and round tables dedicated to interculturality, video testimonials concerning international exchange, escape games, visits, treasure hunts and more.

    Still other events are planned through the rest of the month!


    Faithful to its tradition of openness, and with more than 440 European Erasmus partners, the Université Catholique de Lille is committed to giving its students and employees an intercultural experience while contributing to the international influence of our region! Erasmus+ means travel, meeting people, having an open mind; it promotes civic engagement and respect for the environment.

  • European Higher Education Fair - Go Higher with EU!

    European Higher Education Fair - Go Higher with EU! - 1 & 2 October 2021

    The Université Catholique de Lille will take part in this year's European Higher Education Fair on 1 & 2 October.

    Are you interested in studying at La Catho? If so, this fair is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the university and all the possibilities it offers!

    The Virtual European Higher Education Fair 2021 is the biggest one yet with 140 higher education institutions from 13 EU member states on hand to assist Filipino students, researchers, and academicians like you who want to take post-graduate studies in Europe. 

    From government tuition subsidies and wide offerings of English-language courses to a bustling cultural scene and efficient public systems, France is filled with joie de vivre for students. On top of the academic excellence, students can enjoy a modern healthcare system, an efficient public transportation network, housing assistance, discounted access to cultural and athletic events, and more.  Go Higher with the EU in France.

    Explore our page here.

    Register now


    #GOHigherWithEU #StudyInEU #EUHigherEducation

  • Webinar: "The climate deserves better than 12%!" - 21 September

    Webinar: "The climate deserves better than 12%!"

    For several years the financial industry has been multiplying initiatives to measure companies' climate performance and engagement. Scarcely a day goes by without a new fund or index being launched on the basis of this climate data, with the primary declared objective of the investments' positive impact on the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

    However, a study conducted as part of the EDHEC-Scientific Beta 'Advanced ESG and Climate Investing' research chair shows that the reality of traditional climate investing strategies does not live up to the promises and the communication from their promoters.

    To shed light on this question, EDHEC is organising a virtual presentation of the portfolio greenwashing study on September 21.

    Two sessions of this webinar will be held on September 21 at different times.


  • Campus Market Sale - 16 September

    Just moved in and need to furnish your flat ? You're in the right place!

    Campus Market is organizing a back to school sale "Grande Vente de Rentrée" on the 16th of September (from 4 to 6pm)

    The association will offer second hand essentials at a very low price such as furniture, dishes, plants, bikes, clothes, and more! It also means low environmental impact, a great way to start the academic year.

    FURNITURE AND KITCHEN APPLIANCES Chairs, sofa, tables, and even dishes... Home delivery in Lille is possible (10€)

    CLOTHES A good way to look great while taking care of our planet

    BIKES To go everywhere in Lille without any environmental impact

    PLANTS All sizes and prices

    Entrance is free and open to all  Thursday 16th September, from 4pm to 6pm.  Garden of the Université Catholique de Lille, Rue du Port, Lille



  • CLARIFE - French as a foreign language (FLE)

    CLARIFE - French as a foreign language (FLE)

    Specialised in teaching French as a Foreign Language, Clarife aims to help students integrate as easily as possible into French university life and adapt to French culture through the development of language skills.

    Clarife proposes courses of weekly classes as well as various intensive courses. Students receive a certificate of their level at the end of each course.




    Dates : 20 to 24 September

    As every year, the "Global Actors for Peace" Masterclass will focus on the role that non-State actors have in the construction of peace.

    The theme of this 5th edition is "Beyond the West and the Rest" and aims to discuss theories and representations of peace established in Europe and the USA.

    For a week, international speakers will meet students and members of civil society and discuss different topics.


    All sessions of this ZOOM webinar are open to the public upon registration.


  • Communication - COVID19

    Communication Covid-19 - 8 October 2021   Update from Campus France - 6 August 2021 : TRAVEL TO FRANCE: INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND RESEARCHERS

    Despite the coronavirus pandemic, France continues to welcome international students and researchers. Depending on the country and the vaccination status, the procedures to follow to enter French territory vary.

    France planned everything so international students and researchers could return to their training course institution safely.

    Like any other student in France, they will have the opportunity to be vaccinated if they want to and access Covid-19 tests free of charge with French social security (national health insurance) until the middle of October.

    Since 6 August 2021, new procedures apply to international students and researchers coming to France. They differ according to their country of origin and their vaccination status. Categories of countries have been defined on the basis of health indicators.

    The lists of countries may change according to the evolution of their epidemic situation. Please note all students coming from a country classified as "Red" must register with French social security prior to arriving in France. All other students will register after arrival.

    For further information, please consult Campus France's webpage.

    Campus France offers you a new flyer, available in French, English and Spanish, that summarizes useful information to help you prepare your travel to France:



    Starting in August: a “Pass Sanitaire” is mandatory to enter restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums, hospitals, travel by train, planes, bus (not public transportation) and cultural places welcoming 50 people and above. 

    International students can request a "Pass Sanitaire" (QR code) by registering through the following website and providing the documents listed below:


    For foreign nationals, including short term program students (less than 90 days): For foreign students with a student visa:

    Documents to provide:

    Proof of vaccination with vaccine name and date vaccinated, Copy of passport, Copy of visa, Copy of travel ticket

    For more information visit the government website.


    Vaccines recognized by EU : Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson, Vaccines are available for everyone starting from 12 years old. International students can receive the vaccine directly from a vaccination center prior to being registered for the Sécurité Sociale (French health insurance). A previsional social security number will be assigned at the time of vaccination. The vaccine is free for all international students.

    You can find more information about Sécurité Sociale here.

    Vaccination is possible at "Zénith de Lille" and "Hôpital privé Le Bois". For more information on access to vaccination in Lille, please contact the University Multi-Service Health Centre (CPSU).


    Keep Calm & Stay Safe




    Update from French Government; Campus France; APUAF COVID-19 Committee - Last Updated: 6 October, 2021 INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY Who is authorized to travel to France?

    On June 9, 2021, the French government opened French borders to tourist and short-term visitors. Two main factors impact the travel restrictions associated with the re-opening of borders: • Whether the traveler is vaccinated or un-vaccinated • Where the traveler is coming from: the color-coded classification according to the level of COVID in each country

    Countries are listed as Green, Orange (‘amber’) or Red, depending on the level that COVID is circulating and the status of dangerous variants in each country. Different travel requirements are associated with each group. 

    Color Codes as of September 23 

    Green: no or little viral circulation:   • European Union and Schengen Area countries (including Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican), plus Australia, Bahrein, Brunei, Canada, Chili, HongKong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, Union of Comoros, Uruguay and Vanuatu.  

    • Vaccinated travelers from Green countries can travel freely to France without PCR testing prior to travel. They must provide proof of full vaccination and a sworn statement that they don’t have COVID symptoms and haven’t been in contact with someone with COVID in the past 14 days.

    • Non-vaccinated travelers must provide a negative Antigen or PCR result (test taken within 72h of boarding). Please note that for unvaccinated travelers from Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Malta, the Netherlands and Portugal, a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours is required.

    Orange/Amber: a moderate and “controlled” level of viral circulation:   • All countries that are not currently classified as “Green” or “Red”, including the U.K and the United States.   • Vaccinated travelers from Orange countries can travel freely to France without COVID testing prior to travel. They must provide proof of full vaccination and a sworn statement that they don’t have COVID symptoms and haven’t been in contact with someone with COVID in the past 14 days.

    • Non-vaccinated travelers must adhere to the following requirements to travel:   o A compelling reason for travel to France (see list below) o A recent negative test result (PCR within 72h of boarding and antigen, within 48h). If you are travelling from the United Kingdom and are not vaccinated, you must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 24 hours prior to departure. o Must provide a sworn statement they don’t have COVID symptoms and haven’t been in the presence of someone with COVID in the past 14 days.   o Random Covid testing upon arrival at the airport o Self-isolation for 7 days & statement swearing to take another PCR test at the end of the isolation period.  

    • Compelling reasons that allow non-vaccinated travelers to enter France include (among others): o Students registered at an institution of higher ed for programs in France of over 90 days. o Researcher (and family) coming to France at the invitation of a research lab for work that must be done in person. o Travelers in transit through France for under 24 hours in international zones

    Red: a high level of virus circulation and of COVID variants - travel is discouraged:   • Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Surinam, Turkey, and Tunisia.  

    • Vaccinated travelers from Red countries can travel freely to France without COVID testing prior to travel. They must provide proof of full vaccination and a sworn statement that they don’t have COVID symptoms and haven’t been in contact with someone with COVID in the past 14 days.

    • Non-vaccinated travelers must adhere to the following requirements to travel: o A compelling reason for travel to France o A recent negative test result (PCR or antigen within 48h) o Systematic COVID testing upon arrival at the airport o Quarantine for 10 days under supervision by authorities  

    Websites where details and updates can be found:

    Student visas

    The Campus France FAQ gives detailed information concerning the current status for U.S. students and non-U.S. students coming to France from the U.S.

    • Students traveling to France for short-term programs of under 90 days do not need a visa if they are U.S. citizens (regardless of vaccination status). Non-US-citizens should verify whether or not they need a short-stay visa. • Students traveling to France for longer programs of over 90 days must apply for a student visa. All VFS Centers in the U.S. are open and accepting student visa appointments for students planning to study in France. French Consulates continue their service of delivering visas to international students enrolled in studies in France.

    HEALTH SERVICE ACCESS & CAPACITY Self-isolation and/or quarantine period

    There is an obligatory self-isolation period of 7 days for the arrival of the following travelers: • 7 days of self-isolation for non-vaccinated people coming into France from an Orange country • 10 days of quarantine, under supervision of authorities, for un-vaccinated people coming into France from a Red country. The state health insurance website, gives detailed advice (in French) for limiting contact with others and keeping living conditions clean during self-isolation.

    Access to health care & hospitalization

    The platform allows anyone with symptoms to obtain within 3 minutes personalized advice as to how to proceed (for treatment, testing, etc.) and how to protect oneself and others. • Web-based platforms and apps such as “Doctolib” allow students to book medical appointments, PCR tests and Vaccination appointments across the country with ease. • Virtual consultations and in-person appointments with general practitioners are readily available as early as same day. • Same day house-calls are also available in most French cities (through services such as SOS Médecins or UMP). and • Students have access to all French public hospitals where there is a dedicated space for COVID patients. • French Hospitals are currently at 20% capacity for intensive care/reanimation beds. This statistic compares number of COVID patients hospitalized currently compared to number of intensive care beds available BEFORE the pandemic, and thus does not count the additional beds and services put in place in 2020 and 2021. Statistics can be tracked here: France COVID Dashboard.

    Access to testing

    Three kinds of diagnostic COVID tests are currently available in France to test patients for COVID.

    1. The (RT-PCR) test to determine if the patient has COVID at the time of the test.

    • Results are available within 24 – 36 hours. Starting October 15, local patients only have access to free testing if the test is prescribed for medical reasons. 

    • 100% covered by Social Security and do not require prescription. Otherwise, out of pocket costs are approximately 45-50 euros per test.

    • They are administered in testing centers, medical facilities and labs but also by nurses, medical students, paramedics, firemen, etc. There are currently over 12,000 testing centers across France. COVID Testing Sites in France

    • PCR tests will no longer be free for the general population unless they are prescribed by a doctor

    Who can be tested (RT-PCR)?

    o   Anyone can benefit from a test. There is no need to even show symptoms.

    2. Saliva Test: COVID-19 saliva tests are currently in use in primary and secondary schools as well as universities. More information here.

    3. The Antigen Test to determine if the patient has COVID at the time of the test.  

    • Results within 15-30 minutes

    • Available especially in some pharmacies and at airports.

    • 100% covered by Social Security and do not require a prescription. Patients who don’t have French Social Security currently may have to pay out of pocket (25-30 euros).

    Who can be tested (Antigen)?

    Patients with symptoms can opt for this test if they fulfill the following criteria:      ✓ Within 4 days of first symptoms      ✓ No underlying conditions, meaning not susceptible to developing a serious form of Covid. Patients without symptoms who:      ✓ Have been asked to be tested as part of an institutional testing program (at schools and universities, workplaces, etc.)      ✓ Need to be tested as a requirement before a medical appointment or to travel      ✓ Wish to be screened at any time • Auto-test Antigen Tests are available in pharmacies. Results within 15-20 minutes and price capped at 6 euros. • Patients who test positive in an Antigen test are asked to confirm result with a PCR test

    An Immunity Test (blood test) is available in France to determine if the patient has developed immunity to COVID. These tests are administered mostly in labs and sometimes might require a prescription. They are 100% covered by Social Security and otherwise out of pocket costs are approximately 20 euros per test.

    • Students who don’t have French Social Security have total access to testing but may need to front the cost of the test and submit to their personal health insurance after if COVID testing is covered by their insurance policy.

    Steps to take for testing

    Precise procedures have been put in place for different case scenarios. Details can be found and downloaded here for anyone in these groups: Steps to Take to be Tested

    • I don’t present any symptoms and I would like to be tested: free test, no prescription needed, PCR results within approximately 24h, or Antigen test results in 15-30 min.  • I have symptoms: specific protocol for testing to avoid contact with others during testing and until results are in. Free test, no prescription needed, PCR results within approximately 24h, Antigen results in 15-30 min  • I have been in contact with a person who has tested positive: Antigen or PCR test  • A specific function is available through the website & application Doctolib to locate the testing center or lab closest to you with the earliest available appointments for a test.  • Students who don’t have French Social Security have total access to testing but may need to front the cost of the test and submit to their personal health insurance after if COVID testing is covered by their insurance policy. 


    All COVID patients must provide a local doctor with the list of people with whom they have been in touch within 48 hours of the first symptoms. Medical authorities will contact every person on that list and require testing (see above).

    Anyone who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive must follow a specific protocol (Steps to Take to be Tested:)

    If you are not vaccinated and/or are immunocompromised:

    Wear a certified mask at all times when in contact with others Take an antigen test immediately. If negative, stay isolated 7 days after the last contact with the COVID patient. After 7 days, take a PCR or antigen test Stay in quarantine for until the test results are in Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days after signs of first symptoms, or if asymptomatic, after test date.

    If you are fully vaccinated and not immune-compromised, you should:

    Follow the same instructions above concerning testing and follow-up testing You are not required to self-isolate, but must respect social distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing in public. Vaccinations

    France’s vaccination strategy has been established by the HAS (Haute Autorité de Santé) who has published the order of priority populations to be vaccinated. Vaccination Strategy & FAQ France’s vaccination strategy has shifted to push the population towards vaccination:

    Obligatory vaccination in certain professional sectors including health care, firefighters, and those in contact with vulnerable populations, Specific vaccination campaigns for certain population groups, Booster vaccinations currently for those over 65 and those with health issues, Booster vaccination campaigns in retirement homes and for those over 80 living at home.

    Vaccination Dashboard People who have been vaccinated are still required to follow all COVID-19 protocols in private and public spaces, in workplaces and in schools.

    Anyone over the age of 12 is currently eligible for vaccination.

    People who have been vaccinated are still required to follow all COVID-19 protocols in private and public spaces, in workplaces and in schools.

    RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO COVID-19 Current situation

    All sectors of business, culture and society are open, with still some obligatory conditions concerning protocols and obligatory masks indoors.  The main restriction in place today concerns the Pass Sanitaire and the obligation to show the pass to enter establishments and gatherings where large numbers of people share space. 

    Pass Sanitaire (‘Health Pass’ or ‘Green Pass’)

    What is the Pass Sanitaire? The “Pass Sanitaire” or “Health Pass” is simply a paper or digital proof of protection from COVID-19. It consists of showing one of the following: • Proof of full vaccination (1 week after final dose, including those with 2 doses and those who have recovered from COVID and only need 1 dose, of AstraZenica, Moderna and Pfizer for activities within France, 2 weeks for travel within the EU, 4 weeks after J&J); • A negative PCR or Antigen test of less than 48h or 72h depending on the reason for showing proof • A positive PCR test more than 11 days and less than 6 months old, or other official proof of recovery from COVID

    A free telephone assistance platform has been put in place in France to advise users on how the Pass Sanitaire works. The hotline is open 7 days a week from 9h00 to 20h00 at 0 800 08 71 48

    Required Eligibility:

    The Pass Sanitaire is required for anyone 12 years old and over. The Pass sanitaire requirement will be in place until at least November 15, 2021.

    Exemptions due to medical reasons:

    For those who have a medical reason impeding them from being vaccinated, a doctor’s certificate can be established as an alternative to the Pass Sanitaire and used to enter all restricted areas.  

    The following reasons are the only accepted exemptions to not being vaccinated:  • Allergy to one of the components of the vaccination  • A grade 2 minimum anaphylactic reaction to the first dose of the vaccination • Episodes of capillary leak syndrome • Episodes of thrombotic and thrombocytopenic syndrome • Post-COVID PIMS (Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome) • A conclusion agreed upon by a medical committee that symptomes experienced after a first dose of the vaccination were too serious for a second dose  And two temporary counter-indications: • Monoclonal antibody treatment against COVID • Actively evolving myocarditis or pericarditis post vaccination 

    When and how do you use a Pass Sanitaire? The Pass Sanitaire has been put in place and will be required under the following conditions. Users must present either a paper form or a digital form of the pass to access any restricted event or venue: • Starting July 21, it is required in order to enter cultural venues or events with more than 50 people including concerts, museums, theatres, cinemas, etc. • Starting August 9, it is required for airplane and long-distance train/bus travel as well as cafes, restaurants, gyms, certain shopping centers and medical facilities. • The Pass Sanitaire also allows access to travel throughout the European Union. • Here is a detailed list (in French) of all places in France where the pass will be required: • •

    How do you get a Pass Sanitaire? In France, vaccination and all test results are delivered with an official document that serves as the Pass Sanitaire. A QR code on the document allows users to scan their proof or results to the TousAntiCOVID app (see below under “Tools”) to produce a digital form of the pass.

    Pass Sanitaire for non-locals

    At the end of August, the French government announced the official procedure for vaccinated travelers from outside of the European Union to access and use the Pass Sanitaire. The following online platform manages the conversion of proof of vaccination into French/EU QR codes/passes for foreign students:   For non-student foreign nationals:   For additional information in English:   Please note that this conversion can only take place if the traveler can provide proof of full vaccination with EU approved vaccines : Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (    If a vaccinated individual has not had his/her/their proof of vaccination recognized by French/EU authorities, entry into places where the health pass is required will be contigent upon showing negative PCR or Antigen test results within 48h (for events) or 72h (for travel outside of France). 


    o    In addition to consulting the general government websites that communicate all essential information concerning the virus, the confinement and the re-opening period, everyone is asked to download the app TousAntiCovid, which serves several functions:

    Tracking: the app alerts users if they are inclose contact with a Covid patient Information: the app publishes the daily stats concerning the virus Testing: the app can be used to locate the nearest testing center Documentation: the app can generate a digital authorization form needed to be outside during confinement Pass Sanitaire: the app generates a digital version of the Pass Sanitaire by storing the QR code found on vaccination certificates and COVID test results acquired in France.

    More information here.

    This app which uses Bluetooth technology for tracking and does not share personal identification information. Use of the app for everyone, including COVID patients, is voluntary. (TOUS ANTI COVID Tracking App)

    o    The French government has put in place a 24/7 hotline (in French only) to respond to any questions concerning COVID-19 (health, regulations, workplace, social services, legal, civil, childcare and education, travel and leisure activities, etc.). A WhatsApp group managed by the government provides an additional Q&A source for anyone who wishes to join: WhatsApp with Government.

    Wearing Masks

    It is required to wear a mask in most enclosed public spaces, including shops, public transportation, and more.(How to Wear a Mask).

    Wearing masks outdoors is not required, except in crowded places such as in stadiums, long lines, markets, etc. Some areas of France (regions or departments) have re-instated mask requirements in certain outdoor spaces such as parks and beaches. Travelers should consult local resources and authorities for details.    It is still mandatory to wear a mask indoors and in public transportation. Information concerning masks.  

    Higher Education

    Frédérique Vidal, the Minister of Higher Education in France, presented detailed plans for a 100% in-person academic year 2021/2022 (“#MaReentrée2021”) in a July 9th press release :; the contents of the press release are also available (in French ) in video format : The Ministry authorizes French institutions of higher education to organize classes as they see fit, either in-person and/or remote, but they recommend that priority be given to face to face instruction, in particular for discussion sections (“travaux dirigés”). Priority should also be given (page 6 of PDF) to the in-person instruction of 1st year and international students. COVID mitigation techniques and social distancing are still to be maintained within all university spaces and the Ministry is asking that all institutions put into place vaccination strategies and centers prior to the start of classes and to continue to make self-tests available to students. Several official government websites give detail concerning academic and campus life during the COVID crisis. • Ministry of Higher Education general Covid info • Official student life website : Préparer ma rentrée 2021 : International Students: International students continue to be welcomed into France provided they satisfy the French government’s current conditions of coming to France for participation in a short-term program or semester program (over 90 days). The French government has announced that international students currently in France can apply for and/or renew residency permits, online, thus avoiding

    Gatherings, Socializing & Cultural Activities

    There are no longer any capacity limits in place for socializing in a group in public or in private.

    Associated fines for not adhering to protocols

    A fine of 135 euros may be applied in the event of non-compliance with COVID protocols such as wearing masks ( Repeat offenders can be fined up to 3,750 euros and could risk 6 months of prison, community service, drivers’ license suspension of up to 3 years maximum.

    Local travel restrictions

    Everyone residing in France must adhere to French regulations concerning mobility. The current situation allows and requires the following: 

    In France 

    There are no restrictions for travel within continental France. For travelers to Corsica, a declaration of honor must be completed by passengers which must be printed and signed, will be required upon boarding by the transport company. Passengers must have completed a PCR test 72 hours before departure (or antigenic test, 48h before departure) or provide proof of complete vaccination. For travelers to French overseas territories and departments, information concerning travel restrictions can be found here:

    In Europe

    European borders are open, but travelers must follow all requirements and restrictions to enter other EU countries from France. As of June 9, travel restrictions are loosened for travelers coming into France from the European Area.      o Vaccinated travelers do not need COVID test results      o Non-vaccinated travelers must provide recent, negative PCR or antigen results (taken within 72h of departure) or proof of recovery from COVID in the past 6 months. Unvaccinated travelers coming from Cyprus, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands and Portugal, as of July 26, must provide a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours.

    Pass Sanitaire: an electronic or paper-based “Pass Sanitaire” is in place to facilitate travel and access to certain events.

    Details concerning mobility in and out of France can be found at this French government site: International Mobility Information in French and in English at Advice for Foreign Nationals in France . Further information is also available on the European Union website:


    The Ministry of Sports last updated safety protocols on September 30:

    Student Support

    The Ministry of Higher Education & Research has established a student mental health support website (with an English Language version) that compiles all the contacts and services related to mental health support for students during the COVID-19 crisis. The website covers all regions of France, and in addition to mental health support also serves as a resource for information about financial support, student housing, and health care. (

    In addition, the government created in 20-21 a mental health care package (a “chèque psy”) to allow students in psychological distress access to free mental health support that they have renewed for 2021-22 (page 14, 

    Several Hotlines and free resources are available to students: • A free 24/7 hotline monitored by the Association SPS (Soins aux Professionnels de Santé) for students has been opened and can be reached here: 0 805 23 23 36   •, a student proposed/supported hotline to support peers (non-professional) is available everyday between 9pm to 2:30am: +33 1 88 32 12 32 • The BAPU (Bureaux d'aide psychologique universitaires) have psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists available to students in need. Addresses and contact information can be found here:   • SOS Amitié at +33 9 72 39 40 50 (24/7 in French),   • SOS Help +33 1 46 21 46 46  (3pm-11pm, in English)   • Fil Santé Jeunes at +33 800 235 236 (9am to 11pm for ages 12-25).    


    The government last updated the Covid-19 workplace protocol on September 10th:

    Employers are still encouraged to ensure frequent ventilation of enclosed areas of the workplace, to permit employees to miss work for vaccination (vaccination is not obligatory and is confidential), and to make antigen auto-tests available to employees for voluntary use.

    Working from home is no longer required as of June 9, and employers can set a number of days for working in the office and at home.

    The guidelines state: 

    Working remotely is strongly advised but not required. Physical distancing (at least 1 meter between individuals and/or workstations, and 2 meters during coffee breaks and/or meals)  Obligatory mask wearing and the responsibility of the employer to provide masks. Only Category 1 cloth/fabric masks or disposable medical/surgical masks are authorized.  The promotion of regular, thorough handwashing  Regular mechanical or manual ventilation of the premises  Routine disinfecting at least once a day of all surfaces and objects  Meetings should still take place virtually when possible but if in person, physical distancing recommendations (1 meter between individuals) should be respected. Moments of “conviviality” are authorized provided that there are no more than 25 people involved, the gestes barrières are respected and that the event takes places preferably outside. Management of the flow of people to avoid excessive crowding and crossing of individuals

    Employees are instructed to stay at home should they develop Coronavirus symptoms or if they have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. Obligatory temperature checks or PCR tests at the workplace are not authorized. 

      COVID Case Management in schools Higher Education:



    For information concerning every country in the European Union, and for details on all aspects of the Covid-19 crisis in Europe, see the following website: And for information specifically for France:

    For current information, including health recommendations and measures, from the French government on the COVID-19 situation in France, see the following website: Main COVID-19 Government Website

    Access to daily communiqués with daily statistics and key messages: Daily Communiqués by French Government

    Official website dedicated to Student Life in the French universities:

    Timeline of government actions French Government Actions

    Keep Calm & Stay Safe


  • Student Housing Aid for 2021 - CAF du Nord Online Event

    Student Housing Aid for 2021 - CAF du Nord Online Event - 22 September

    To help students looking for housing, the Caisse d'Allocations Familiales du Nord (CAF) has produced some communication tools including French, English and Spanish documentation which can be found here. 

    For more information, the CAF has produced a FAQ webpage.

    The CAF has also prepared an online event on Facebook for students and parents, where experts will answer your questions. Date: 22 September (12pm - 1.30pm)

    Join Facebook event

  • "MIGRANTS" winner of the BAFTA Student Film Award

    Each year, projects from the Pôle 3D school are noticed and rewarded during several events (Game Made in France, Ping Awards and other festivals). MIGRANTS, an animated 3D film, was created as a final year project by Zoé Devise, Lucas Lermytte, Hugo Caby, Aubin Kubiak et Antoine Dupriez, 5th year students at Pôle 3D. This engaged short film highlights current issues : immigration and global warming, through a touching animation featuring a mother bear and her cub searching for a new habitat.

    The film has been nominated in more than 100 festivals around the world (North America, Asia, South America) and has received more than 25 awards.

    It has recently received one of the most prestigious awards for students in the animation world : the BAFTA Student Film Award. (BAFTA Los Angeles)

    These rewards make the movie eligible for the Oscars 2021!

    Find out more about the movie here:


  • Summer Activities at Université Catholique de Lille

    Summer Activities at Université Catholique de Lille

    The International Relations office at La Catho is pleased to offer international and local students several summer cultural activities.

    If you are interested in joining one or more of these activities, please contact by Thursday 8 July 2021 for more detailed information.

    Please note spaces are limited and applicable costs including transportation are the responsibility of the student.

    Program Guided tours in English (space limited): Daytrip to Amiens with guided tour of the cathedral (11 July) Daytrip to Bruges, Belgium with guided walking tour (14 July) Guided historical walking tour of Lille (16 July at 4pm – 6pm)   Visit to regional museums: Visit to La Piscine Museum in Roubaix (16 or 23 July) Visit to the Palais des Beaux Arts in Lille (TBD)   Nightlife in Lille: Gastronomic dinner in a French restaurant (21 July at 7pm) Night of Bowling in Lille (TBD) Movie Night 'Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis' VOST (13 July at 5pm)