Crise COVID19 : Et si Kairos, le Dieu de l'occasion opportune triomphait ?

07 April 2020

Pierre Giorgini, Président-Recteur de l'Université catholique de Lille prend la plume pour les Semaines Sociales de France à propos de la crise que nous traversons : "le bien commun prendra-t-il le pas sur la globalisation ?"

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  • Best wishes for the New Year

    Progress together.

    Take care of our common home, our common humanity. For 2022, the Université Catholique de Lille proposes a year of mobilization on behalf of the climate, and a great event called “ECOPOSS: Raise the future!”

    Hope and commitment. That is what we wish for you in 2022. May the light of Christmas and this New Year mobilize each and every one of us, and allow us to enter into hope – lucid, active hope.

    On behalf of all at Université Catholique de Lille, Patrick SCAUFLAIRE, President-Rector  

    The visual identity (created by students of Pôle 3D and ISTC) of the 2022 campaign for climate mobilization, “It is time”, supported by the Université Catholique de Lille.

    Watch Patrick Scauflaire's wishes for the New Year: (English subtitles available)

  • Communication - COVID19

    Communication Covid-19 - 14 December 2021   Update from Campus France - 8 December 2021 : TRAVEL TO FRANCE: INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND RESEARCHERS

    France has done everything to let you join your institution safely at the start of the academic year. Depending on the country and the vaccination status, the procedures required to enter the French territory vary. We recommend to fully vaccinate before your departure to facilitate your arrival and everyday life in France.



    Vaccines accepted to come to France are the same as the vaccines approved by the European Medicine Agency (EMA) (Comirnaty/Pfizer, Moderna, Vaxveria/AstraZeneca, Janssen) and the foreign vaccines similar to those accepted in Europe (Covishield, R- COVI, Fiocruz, etc.)

    Get fully vaccinated before your departure with a vaccine approved by France.

    If you are unable to do so, you will be offered vaccination as soon as possible on arrival, in conjunction with the Social Security and your host establishment, particularly if you come from a country in a red zone.

    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.


    Categories of countries have been defined on the basis of health indicators.  

    “Green” countries: countries without active circulation of the virus and variants of concern “Orange” countries: countries where the virus is actively circulating but in controlled proportions, without the spread of variants of concern. “Red” countries: countries with active circulation of the virus, and variants of concern. “Scarlet” countries: countries in which particularly active circulation of the virus and the discovery of a variant likely to present an increased risk are observed.


    The list of countries, travel conditions, and sworn declarations to provide in order to travel are available in French and English on the Ministry of the Interior website:

    These lists are updated on a weekly basis. Check out the latest version on the Ministry of the Interior website

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


    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): the Pass Sanitaire can be obtained in local pharmacies upon verification of identity and vaccination status. For foreign students with a student visa (more than 90 days):

    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.




    Update from French Government; Campus France; APUAF COVID-19 Committee - Last Updated: 8 December, 2021 INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY

    Who is authorized to travel to France?

    As of December 4, to control the spread of the virus and its variants new measures at the borders have been temporary taken. All travelers must present a negative PCR or Antigen tests 24h or 48h prior to arrival according to the country they come from. The only exception is fully vaccinated travelers coming from the European Union and Schengen Area countries (including Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican)

    Two main factors impact the travel restrictions: 

    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, Red, and Scarlet 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 December 4

    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 Argentina, Australia, Bahrein, Canada, UAE, Hong-Kong, Kuwait, Japan, Jordan, Quatar, Lebanon, New Zealand, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Korea, Taiwan, Union of Comoros, Uruguay and Vanuatu.  Vaccinated travelers from following Green countries (European Union and Schengen Area countries (including Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican) 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. Vaccinated travelers from other green countries must provide a negative Antigen or PCR result (test taken less than 48h of boarding). Non-vaccinated travelers from the European Union and Schengen Area countries must provide a must present a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours prior boarding. (from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican included)

    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 must present a negative PCR or antigen test less than 48h prior to boarding. *24h from the UK. 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:  A compelling reason for travel to France (see list below) A recent negative test result (PCR or antigen within 48h to 24h of boarding. 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. 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.  Random Covid testing upon arrival at the airport 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): Students registered at an institution of higher ed for programs in France of over 90 days. Researcher (and family) coming to France at the invitation of a research lab for work that must be done in person. 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, Belorussia, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Georgia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Surinam, Turkey, and Ukraine.  Vaccinated travelers from Red countries must present a negative PCR or antigen Covid test less than 48h 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: A compelling reason for travel to France A recent negative test result (PCR or antigen within 48h) Systematic COVID testing upon arrival at the airport Quarantine for 10 days under supervision by authorities 

    Scarlet Red: High level of virus circulation and of highly new transmissible variant:

    South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Zambia, Mauritius Island Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers from Scarlet red countries must adhere to the following requirements to travel: A compelling reason for travel to France A recent negative test result (PCR within 48h or Antigen within 24h) Systematic COVID testing upon arrival at the airport 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 unvaccinated travelers:

    7 days of self-isolation+recognized compelling reason for travel + negative PCR test taken no more than 24 hours prior to travel or negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel + random antigen testing upon arrival at port of entry for non-vaccinated people coming into France from an Orange/Amber country. 10 days of quarantine, under supervision of authorities + compelling reason for travel + negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel and antigen test taken upon arrival at port of entry for unvaccinated people coming into France from a Red country 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 43% capacity (on Dec 7, 2021) for intensive care/reanimation beds. Statistics can be tracked here: France COVID Dashboard.

    Access to testing

    For costs: Saliva Test: Covid-19 saliva tests are not for sale to the general public but widely used in primary and secondary schools as well as universities. Antigen Test: Available in pharmacies, airports, done onsite. Rapid results. Fee charged: approximately 25 euros. Patients on French National Health can access for free only if prescribed for medical reasons (not travel or other). If results are positive, patients are asked to confirm with a PCR test. PCR test: done by appointment in certified laboratories. Free if prescribed for medical reasons by health care professional for those on French National Health. Immunity Test (blood test) available in France to determine if patients has developed immunity to COVID. These tests are administered mostly in labs and require a prescription. Cost: approximately 20 euros per test.

    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 (7 days after final dose of AstraZenica, Moderna and Pfizer within France, 7 days for travel within the EU and for anyone recovered from COVID with 1 dose, 28 days after J&J)

    N.B. As of January 15, 2022 proof of full vaccination will include the “booster shot” A negative self-test taken under professional supervision (not valid for cross-border EU travel), PCR or Antigen test of less than 24h A positive PCR test more than 11 days and less than 6 months old, or other official proof of recovery from COVID Required Eligibility: The Pass Sanitaire is required for anyone 12 years old and over.

    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 travellers, the health pass can be obtained in a pharmacy for 36€ with proof of your vaccination and your passport. A map with the names of addresses of pharmacies that will convert to the pass sanitaire are listed here: 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 24h.  


    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.

    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). International students currently in France can apply for and/or renew residency permits, online, thus avoiding the previously obligatory in person appointment at the prefecture. (Campus France Stay Permit  Renewal info).

    Gatherings, Socializing & Cultural Activities

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

    Discotheques are closed for 4 weeks starting Dec. 9th. On the link below follow the evolving situation for Christmas markets, outdoor events, restaurants, and bars.

    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:

    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


  • International Student Welcome Session (Les Facultés)


    The Faculties of the Université Catholique de Lille (Les Facultés) invite you to an "International Student Welcome Session" on Friday 5th of January 2022 at 3.00 pm.

    You will to find out about services and opportunities available to international students from all faculties. Representatives stakeholders on Campus such as Radio UCLille, Clarife (language centre), ALL, the Library, LivinFrance (administrative support), etc. will be present. The team has also prepared a scavenger hunt, some delicious things to eat, and more!

    Note: this event is reserved to the international students studying at one of the Faculties.


  • Are you leaving Lille? Campus Market is here to help!

    Are you leaving Lille? Campus Market is here to help!

    If you are leaving Lille, the association “Campus Market” is here to help you get rid of your furniture.

    On Saturday 11 & 18 December, the association will be collecting the furniture you don't want anymore.

    How do they proceed? At the time of your departure they come to your place to collect what you do not need anymore. Each piece of furniture given will help other students get what their need while limiting carbon emissions.

    More information here on their Instagram account. It is also possible to join as a volunteer!